Tracheostomy (also called tracheotomy) is a surgical opening of the windpipe to allow breathing when the larynx (voice box) is obstructed, to permit long-term ventilation of the lungs through a tube inserted into the neck opening. Although often performed as an emergency for life-threatening situations, tracheostomy may also be required for urgent or elective reasons. The main complication is bleeding. Other complications include infection and air under the skin. Because most patients who require a tracheotomy are very sick, cardiac complications could also occur, including heart arrest.
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Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Memorial Hermann Professional Building
1140 Business Center Drive, Suite 560
Houston, Texas 77043
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This page was last updated: November 1, 2019