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Is difficulty swallowing from a tracheostomy permanent?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If the tracheotomy is permanent, then yes, the swallowing problem is permanent.

In brief: Yes

If the tracheotomy is permanent, then yes, the swallowing problem is permanent.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Usually not.

When you swallow, the voice box bobs up and down (watch someone's adam's apple when they swallow).
The trach tethers that "bob", but over time people get used to it and swallowing returns to normal.

In brief: Usually not.

When you swallow, the voice box bobs up and down (watch someone's adam's apple when they swallow).
The trach tethers that "bob", but over time people get used to it and swallowing returns to normal.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Soemtimes

The problem with the trach is it ties the voicebox down so it can't do the normal movement it does with swallowing.
Lots of patients who have a trach but aren't on a breathing machine eat through their mouths once they learn how with the help of swallowing therapy. There are also appliances that can help with learning how to do it anew.

In brief: Soemtimes

The problem with the trach is it ties the voicebox down so it can't do the normal movement it does with swallowing.
Lots of patients who have a trach but aren't on a breathing machine eat through their mouths once they learn how with the help of swallowing therapy. There are also appliances that can help with learning how to do it anew.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
Dr. Ronda Alexander
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