A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in which an opening is created in the neck into the trachea (windpipe). This opening may be either temporary or permanent and is called a tracheostomy. Tracheostomy is both the name of the opening created and another name for the operation. Sites listed here explain the procedure, the care required, and other things patients and their families need to know.
Guide to home care for children with a tracheostomy. Includes a good clear description of what tracheotomy is. Brief FAQs, message board, mailing list and family stories.
Describes this operative procedure that creates a surgical airway in the cervical trachea in great detail.
Includes what to expect and when to call the doctor.
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