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Tracheotomy

A tracheotomy is a procedure where a tube is placed through the neck into the windpipe to stabilize breathing until the condition can be permanently corrected.

A child with a tracheotomy requires special care, particularly when it is time to transition from the tracheotomy to normal breathing. Our entire team follows a specific protocol to assess successful removal of the tracheotomy including:

  • Evaluating the airway including laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy to examine the throat, windpipe and lungs
  • Reducing the size of the tracheotomy, and then capping the tracheotomy to see how your child does in a controlled environment
  • Studying sleep patterns with the tracheotomy tube open and closed
  • Performing surgery  to be sure that the airway is open and ready for tracheotomy removal

Our approach to tracheotomy removal will be individualized to your child’s needs. The timeframe for removal is based on the medical, breathing and airway status of your child and can take many months.

Helping to make the transition

Our team works with your family to manage some of the following:

  • Long-term care of your child’s tracheotomy
  • Transition from hospital to home
  • Rehabilitative steps including respiratory therapy, speech therapy and others
  • Training of all people involved in the care of your child

Request an Appointment

Please call us at 443-997-6467 (443-997-OHNS) to make an appointment at any of our three locations.

 

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