You’ve probably heard of Tracheostomy before, but today we’re going to take a brief look at exactly what it is. We’ll delve into why patients might need a tracheostomy at some point in the future, and the facts surrounding it. Now, before we get started, let me remind you that I am not a health professional. This is meant as a simple guide to the basics of the procedure; not a tool for experts. Seek additional information as well as our guide if you’re planning to get involved with it in a professional capacity.

Firstly, let’s look at what it is. Tracheostomy is an opening that is formed at the front of the neck. The idea is that a tube can then be inserted into the trachea to help that person breathe. The procedure is normally done under general anaesthetic. In critical situations, this isn’t always the case. When time is of the essence, a local anaesthetic can be used to reduce the amount of pain felt during the procedure.

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Why would anyone need to undergo this sort of operation? Well, a tracheostomy has numerous uses. Firstly, it’s simply there to assist breathing problems. Whether it’s because of an injury or weak muscles, it’ll help to get the airway open. It’s also there to assist someone who’s throat may be blocked, maybe because of swelling or something being stuck in there. There are many other scenarios in which the procedure could potentially come in useful.

Once the operation has been completed, the tube will eventually be removed if it’s only temporary. Additionally, medical tools such as the shiley disposable inner cannula size 6 might have been used in the procedure. These will need to be changed from time to time while the tube is fitted. Normally it’ll take about 1-3 days to adapt to breathing normally with a tracheostomy tube. It’s not always easy to eat, drink and communicate in those first few days.

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Patients will normally need to recover in the hospital for a few days or even weeks once they’ve gone through the process. Potentially, they may even be able to have the tube removed before they leave the building. It’s important that they know exactly what they need to do in regards to home care. It’s possible that they will be offered assistance with this in any case.

There are risks with every procedure, but tracheostomy is considered to be relatively risk-free. However, there some potential occurrences that you should know about. These include damage to the thyroid gland, puncture of the lung and scar tissue in the trachea. Of course, every surgical procedure comes with generic risks as well, like bleeding and infection.

That’s your basic guide to tracheostomy. Obviously, only a medical professional should be carrying out a crucial procedure like this. It’ll take lots of training in order to do this, and no-one will be allowed to carry it out without extensive experience in the profession. If you have to undergo this operation, ensure that you provide yourself with adequate care at home afterwards.