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
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Perceived effectiveness
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Purpose
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0
Perceived effectiveness
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Perceived effectiveness
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Tracheostomy

Severe
0
Moderate
1
Mild
4
None
3

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Tracheostomy

Hospitalization
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31
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1
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1
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1
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1

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Having Tracheostomy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
29
See all 29 patients who’ve stopped having Tracheostomy

Duration

Currently Having Tracheostomy
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
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0
Duration
1-3 months
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0
Duration
3-6 months
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0
Duration
6 months-1 year
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1
Duration
1-2 years
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0
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
8

Adherence


Always
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7
88%
Usually
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1
13%
Sometimes
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0
0%
Never taken as prescribed
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0
0%

Burden


Very hard to take
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0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
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2
25%
A little hard to take
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3
38%
Not at all hard to take
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3
38%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
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0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
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0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
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0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
2
25%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
1
13%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
5
63%
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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)

  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
wrgguts
49178 thumb
wrgguts
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See wrgguts's full Tracheostomy history

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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 2 helpful marks
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