What is Tracheostomy?

Category: Surgeries

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See also: Bivona Trach Tube, Cuffless Fenestrated Trach Tube, Disposable Cuffed Trach Tube (DCT)

A tracheostomy or tracheotomy is a surgical procedure whereby an artificial airway is inserted into the windpipe (trachea). In ALS/MND they may be used as a short-term measure in the treatment of pulmonary infections such as pneumonia, or in the long-term in combination with a ventilator.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Tracheostomy"

Severe
0
Moderate
1
Mild
4
None
1

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Having Tracheostomy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Not indicated 28
See all 28 patients who’ve stopped having Tracheostomy

Duration

Currently Having Tracheostomy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 0
2 years or more 8
Adherence
Always
5 83%
Usually
1 17%
Sometimes
0 0%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
0 0%
Somewhat
2 33%
A little
3 50%
Not at all
1 17%
Cost
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
0 0%
$25-49
1 50%
< $25
1 50%
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4 patient evaluations for Tracheostomy

wrgguts
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wrgguts
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See wrgguts's full Tracheostomy history

Dec 4, 2013 (Started Oct 28, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Breathing difficulty: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: your choice

  • 0 helpful marks
faeroe347
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faeroe347
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See faeroe347's full Tracheostomy history

Jun 9, 2012 (Started Jun 09, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Breathing difficulty: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: I love my tracheotomy. The coughing and mucus that I experienced with my bipap were a real curse and now they are under control. I get the air I need and much more energy. I have regular suctions every day, and I only cough a little at those times. With just a little maintenance, I can look forward to every day with joy and happiness. Getting a tracheotomy was a very good decision for me.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
Joho
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Joho
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

See Joho's full Tracheostomy history

Mar 5, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Breathing difficulty: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: One time

  • 1 helpful mark
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