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
2

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

Hospitalization 31
Allergic reaction 1
Choking on my saliva when relaxed and forget to swallow 1
Cough 1
Excess mucus 1
Loss of voice 1

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Having Tracheostomy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Not indicated 31
See all 31 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 0
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 9
Adherence
Always
6 86%
Usually
1 14%
Sometimes
0 0%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
0 0%
Somewhat
2 29%
A little
3 43%
Not at all
2 29%
Cost per month
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
0 0%
$25-49
2 67%
1 33%
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5 patient evaluations for Tracheostomy

alperstein
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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: $25-49 monthly

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wrgguts
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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

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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: $25-49 monthly

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