Common "Tracheostomy" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Tracheostomy is a procedure where an opening is created in the front of the neck. A tube is inserted through the trachea for breathing. If there is a need, it can be connected to an oxygen supply, and a breathing machine called a ventilator. It is usually done to bypass obstructed airways, clear secretions in the airway, and provide oxygen to the lungs.

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How long can tracheostomy tube be kept in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother is having the problem of not able to breathe properly. Now the doctor has planned to advise for tracheostomy. How long it should be in the neck? Will there be any complication?  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to See, tracheostomy is done if it is expected that the patient who is on ventilator may take more than 10 days to come out of ventilator. Now the duration till it will be there in neck depends on the cause for which tracheostomy has been done. If his primary disease impro...  Read Full »

Can a tracheostomy be removed while still in a coma?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is in coma. Tracheostomy has been done. He is off the ventilator, but has coughing problems. His GCS is 7. Is it safe to remove tracheostomy at this stage?    Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If his breathing pattern is normal and he is maintaining oxygen saturation in normal limits, he can be considered for tracheostomy closure. But if there is no significant improvement in GCS (Glasgow Coma Scale) or if not expected to improve, then better remove the trac...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my ears to look different after T tube insertion?

Query: Hi doctor, I had to correct Eustachian tube dysfunction. Ears pop after yawing, drinking, and swallowing. Then I have to pop my ears by pinching my nose and ears throughout the day. I just had my third operation on my ears. This time I have had T tubes inserted. I have made the mistake of looking wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, the two pictures are different (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I think that the first picture shows that the tube is not fixed well. It would help if you revisited your surgeon. Continue your medical treatment and keep your hands away from yo...  Read Full »

Why does my tracheostomized sister need frequent suctioning due to breathing difficulty?

Query: Hi doctor,My sister is tracheostomized and bedridden after undergoing her fourth surgery for foramen magnum meningioma. She has drooling of saliva and it comes out under the tracheostomy plate. She asks for frequent suctioning as she has difficulty in breathing. Her saturation is above 90 after suct...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the patient is tracheostomized, there is a possibility of developing fistula between the food pipe and trachea. It is called a tracheoesophageal fistula. In such a condition, we need to heal the fistula and it can be done by following the advice. She needs to have a cu...  Read Full »

Kindly help me know the quality of life after a tracheostomy for my 77-year-old father.

Query: Hello doctor, My 77-year-old father is in intensive care unit (ICU), and he is advised for a tracheostomy procedure. Kindly help me know the quality of life and survival rate after this procedure. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Anjali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for your query. Tracheostomy is needed if a patient has difficulty in weaning with a ventilator. However, the quality of life after the ventilator depends upon the hygienic care during suction and tube change. A need for tracheostomy depends upon the patient's ...  Read Full »

Why is there aspiration of feeds in baby and what can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby has undergone hospitalization many times since birth. She has been placed with tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube due to which mobility of the baby is not possible. We are consulting with renowned ENT surgeons and pediatric doctors and we had been told that ''the aspiration can b...  Read Full »

Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi,Welcome to aspiration of feeds is due to the presence of bulbar palsy and palate pharyngeal muscle incoordination. As per the doctor's advise, try to improve the nutrition of the child and weight.Once the child gains a proper weight, then decannulation (removing tracheostomy tube)...  Read Full »

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