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.

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Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Tracheostomy

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Mild
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None
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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Tracheostomy

Hospitalization
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Why Patients Stopped Having Tracheostomy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Not indicated
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30
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Duration

Currently Having Tracheostomy
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0-1 month
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1-3 months
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3-6 months
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6 months-1 year
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1-2 years
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2 years or more
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Adherence


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86%
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14%
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Burden


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Somewhat
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29%
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43%
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29%

Cost per month


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$200+
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133%
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$100-199
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$50-99
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$25-49
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< $25
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67%
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33%
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5 patient evaluations for Tracheostomy

alperstein
15 thumb
alperstein
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See alperstein's full Tracheostomy history

Mar 25, 2015 (Started Feb 04, 2004)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: Inner canula, thermo-material cuff, 6 monthly replacement
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
wrgguts
49178 thumb
wrgguts
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 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 Breathing difficulty: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis): Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: your choice

  • 0 helpful marks
faeroe347
33174 thumb
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 monthly

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