8 doctors weighed in:
Is the tracheostomy a risky thing to do?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on airway
If securing the airway is difficult, due to mass or severe airway alteration, then it can be quite dangerous and need to be done emergently or without general anesthesia.
If already intubated or with straightforward anatomy, shouldn't be a problem. Surgical risks include bleeding, infection, damage to neck structures.

In brief: Depends on airway
If securing the airway is difficult, due to mass or severe airway alteration, then it can be quite dangerous and need to be done emergently or without general anesthesia.
If already intubated or with straightforward anatomy, shouldn't be a problem. Surgical risks include bleeding, infection, damage to neck structures.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Usually not...
A tracheostomy is a fairly straight forward procedure performed by either a surgeon or an ear/nose/throat doctor. As with any procedure, there are always risks but for this procedure, the benefits usually outweigh any risks involved.
Speak with the doctor prior to the procedure so the potential risks can be explained and your questions/concerns addressed.

In brief: Usually not...
A tracheostomy is a fairly straight forward procedure performed by either a surgeon or an ear/nose/throat doctor. As with any procedure, there are always risks but for this procedure, the benefits usually outweigh any risks involved.
Speak with the doctor prior to the procedure so the potential risks can be explained and your questions/concerns addressed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Low risk
In the hands of a careful and experienced surgeon, a tracheostomy is a low risk procedure in a patient with normal anatomy of the neck and trachea.

In brief: Low risk
In the hands of a careful and experienced surgeon, a tracheostomy is a low risk procedure in a patient with normal anatomy of the neck and trachea.
Dr. Steven Bowers
Dr. Steven Bowers
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not.
Tracheostomy is not considered a high risk procedure.
However, if the patient has significant risk factors, this could change. Risk factors include obesity, bleeding disorders, severe cardiac disease, etc.

In brief: Usually not.
Tracheostomy is not considered a high risk procedure.
However, if the patient has significant risk factors, this could change. Risk factors include obesity, bleeding disorders, severe cardiac disease, etc.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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