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

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It may

Most of the time, scar tissue from a tracheostomy will not cause breathing problems in the future.
Rarely, it can affect the cartilages in the trachea, making them soft and causing them to be floppy and affect breathing. Usually we see this earlier rather than later.

In brief: It may

Most of the time, scar tissue from a tracheostomy will not cause breathing problems in the future.
Rarely, it can affect the cartilages in the trachea, making them soft and causing them to be floppy and affect breathing. Usually we see this earlier rather than later.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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