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Can scar tissue from a tracheotomy cause respiratory problems in the future?

Can scar tissue from a tracheotomy cause respiratory problems in the future?

Usually no: A planned and properly done tracheotomy usually doesn't lead to future respiratory problems. However, tracheotomies done in emergency situations may be linked to future respiratory problems unless the emergency trach is revised soon after the initial trach. Many patients have had tracheotomies and then have had the cannula removed without respiratory problems down the road. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Can scar tissue from a tracheotomy cause respiratory problems and epiglotitis many years later?

Can scar tissue from a tracheotomy cause respiratory problems and epiglotitis many years later?

Respiratory prob yes: Scarring in the upper trachea can cause respiratory problems later on especially in the face of infection. As far as epiglottitis there should not be any association. ...Read more

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Is tracheotomy safe for a cancer patient having breathing problems?

Is tracheotomy safe for a cancer patient having breathing problems?

Some risk: It may be the only way to save the life. No operation is without risk, benefit, options to be discussed. ...Read more

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Is tracheotomy a good treatment for a cancer patient having breathing problems?

Is tracheotomy a good treatment for a cancer patient having breathing problems?

Sometimes: If the upper airway is the issue, then a lower access-tracheostomy can help. Head and neck, tongue cancers as examples. If the breathing issue is from pleura or pneumonia or collapse, it may not help. Sometimes tracheostomy is used to allow ventilator and still let patient be up. ...Read more

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What happens when a tracheotomy is removed? Does it close?

What happens when a tracheotomy is removed? Does it close?

Yes: Following removal of a tracheotomy tube, the hole in the neck will usually close without any further treatment over days or weeks. ...Read more

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Tracheotomy beard care help?

Tracheotomy beard care help?

Razor, trim, mask: Extra hair around the trach site needs to be removed. Wearing a loose fitting face mask, over the trach site, will allow the patient to breath, and keep the beard hair out of the trachea. ...Read more

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Why would a three-year-old need a tracheotomy?

Why would a three-year-old need a tracheotomy?

Reasons for Trach: Because airway above the trachea is occluded. The child isn't awake enough to protect her own airway. The child is too weak to breathe on her own power. They have had other forms of airway tubes for a good while, and show no sign of being able to come off the ventilator. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a tracheotomy to accidentally go through to the esophagus?

Is it possible for a tracheotomy to accidentally go through to the esophagus?

Yes: This can happen either during initial placement, which would be a technical error, or later, when the tracheostomy tube erodes into the esophagus. ...Read more

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Is having an emergency tracheotomy painful?

Is having an emergency tracheotomy painful?

Somewhat at first: Like anything it can be initially but with time and good care, keeping it free from infection, it will heal and not hurt at all. ...Read more

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What is the best was to eat if I just had a tracheotomy?

Soft, not liquid.: Start with soft foods, and get used to that. You are less likely to aspirate with soft, than with thin liquids. You can build up to a normal diet over time.Tr. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more