What is a tracheotomy?

Access. Tracheotomy is the procedure of accessing the trachea usually to establish a more direct airway in case of emergency upper airway blockage or the need for long term ventilation. This hole then can be site of tracheostomy tube for bentilation and suctioning of airway and even bronchoscopy at times. Can now be done open or percutaneously.

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What's a tracheotomy?

Air passage. Tracheostomy refers to creating a passage for air directly over the trachea from the front of the neck, thus bypassing the nose and throat. This is performed to overcome obstruction in the throat or to improve breathing efficiency in patients with severe lung disease. Read more...
Surgical airway. A tracheotomy is a surgically created opening in the front of the neck, usually fitted with a tube going into the windpipe. It is done for long term ventilation, or to bypass and obstruction higher up in the airway. Read more...

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...
Usually. The hole will usually close on its own, but not always. Sometimes a tiny pinhole will remain and need to be closed surgically. Read more...

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...

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...