Tracheostomy in McLean
A tracheostomy is a procedure done to create a hole in the neck, or stoma, in order to place a breathing tube.
Breathing is done through this tube instead of the mouth and nose.
Why Should I Have a Tracheostomy?
There are three common reasons why a tracheostomy is performed: to clean secretions from your airway, to bypass an obstruction in your airway, or to easily and safely deliver oxygen to your lungs.
No matter your circumstance, a tracheostomy is always done due to a lack of oxygen reaching your lungs. This may be due to an injury, a defect, or medical condition such as throat cancer.
How Do I Prepare for a Tracheostomy?
You may be asked to forego eating or drinking several hours before surgery, stop taking certain medications, and plan for a long hospital stay. Your surgeon will let you know in advance how they want you to prepare.
What Should I Expect During a Tracheostomy?
A tracheostomy is usually performed under general anesthesia, but your surgeon may opt for local anesthesia if general poses more risk.
A surgical tracheostomy includes creating an incision at the lower front part of your neck, then exposing your windpipe by cutting a tiny portion of your thyroid gland. A tracheostomy hole is then made in your windpipe.
A minimally invasive tracheostomy is done by making a smaller incision, then feeding a lens through your mouth to view the inside of your throat. A needle is guided into the windpipe to create the tracheostomy hole and expanded to the correct size for your breathing tube.