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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breathing difficulty 32 8
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 25 5
General health 9 1
Excess saliva 2 0
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 2 0
Cerebral Palsy 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tracheostomy

Side effect Patients
Allergic reaction 1
Choking on my saliva when relaxed and forget to swallow 1
Cough 1
Excess mucus 1
Increased energy 1
Loss of voice 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Tracheostomy

Dosage Patients
one time 4
daily 1

Duration

Currently having Tracheostomy

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3

Stopped having Tracheostomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 2
Not specified 6
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5 patient evaluations for Tracheostomy

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alperstein
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alperstein
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Mar 25, 2015 (Started Feb 04, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: Inner canula, thermo-material cuff, 6 monthly replacement
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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wrgguts
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wrgguts
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Dec 4, 2013 (Started Oct 28, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Breathing difficulty)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • side effects
    Mild (Choking on my saliva when relaxed and forget to swallow)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: your choice

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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)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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

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