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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?

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

Swallow evaluation: A speech therapist should perform a swallow evaluation to be sure you're ready to eat. Then make sure you are sitting up and try small amounts at first. Take time to fully swallow between bites. ...Read more

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What are tracheotomy instruments?

What are tracheotomy instruments?

Knife, dilator: it doesn't take much. A skin incision, a dilator to open the trachea and an airway (or tube) to put in the trachea hole ...Read more

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What gives voice after a tracheotomy?

What gives voice after a tracheotomy?

A few possibilities: There are a number of ways to speak after a trach. If the trach tube is not filling the entire airway, then the person can put their finger on the opening and speak when exhaling. Another good option is the passy muir valve which allows speech and can even be used on a ventilator for some people. There are also various talking trach tubes. ...Read more

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Why is my tracheotomy itching many years after?

Why is my tracheotomy itching many years after?

Likely yeast : It is common for trach stomas to get a yeast infection around them, which can cause intense itching. See your doctor as this is very easily treated with ointment. ...Read more

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

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

Serious Illness: Wow, this would be some kind of very serious illness, leading to respiratory failure. Could be trauma, infection, cardiac disease, a variety of lung diseases. Any child in this unfortunate predicament should be in an ICU of a childrens hospital, hopefully, with a skilled team who can answer all of your questions. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of having a tracheotomy?

What are the long term effects of having a tracheotomy?

Taking care of it: The long term effects are just related to caring for it making sure it remains clean, open and free from infection. There is always a risk of bleeding and once removed ( if possible) scarring and narrowing of the airway. Crusting can sometimes be of concern requiring irrigations and possibly antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more