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Tracheostomy: A tracheostomy is surgery to create an opening (stoma) in the neck to the trachea (windpipe); a tube is placed through the stoma and into the lungs to remove lung secretions and permit breathing. A tracheostomy may be temporary or permanent.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Tracheostomy

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Tracheostomy:

Anesthetic Requirements for Tracheostomy

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Tracheostomy may include:

Procedure Complications: Tracheostomy

Possible surgical complications of Tracheostomy may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of normal speech
  • Temporary inability to swallow
  • Difficulty moving neck
  • Rupture of carotid artery
  • Aspiration of fluid into lungs
  • Pharyngeal narrowing

Descriptions of Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy: Surgery to create an opening (stoma) into the windpipe. The opening itself may also be called a tracheostomy.
Source: National Institute of Health

Tracheostomy: a surgical operation that creates an opening into the trachea with a tube inserted to provide a passage for air; performed when the pharynx is obstructed by edema or cancer or other causes
Source: WordNet 2.1

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