Understanding the Risks of a Tracheostomy Procedure

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People have been trying to find a way to treat injuries and sickness in various ways. Not only in various ways, but our ancestors were trying them out for a very long time. It is truly impressive to see what our ancestors were capable of doing when it comes to medicine. Of course, medicinal history was not always that filled with bright ideas. But sometimes, people were just spot on with their assumptions without any other kind of information.

Luckily today, we are filled with so much data that there is no need to go by trial and error method. We are now able to see all of the benefits a certain procedure can have, but also the risks. It is important to know what the risks are, so you can minimize such negative effects for life-saving procedures. Tracheostomy is one of these procedures that have truly saved many lives over the years. Even in such an important procedure, it is important to see the possible risks that will be listed here.

Not as simple as it looks like

On the surface, tracheostomy may look like a pretty simple procedure, because it really is more simple than many others. Like everything in life, in practice, it is much more different and involves getting various medical supplies that help keep the tube in place. It is important to find the tube which is the proper size to prevent many of the risks that will be discussed further. Luckily, with the help of the doctor and the manufacturer, you can find the right parts in no time.

Early complications

One of the earliest risks you might be exposed to soon after tracheostomy is bleeding. This is expected as it is with any kind of operation, so if it is mild do not worry. If, however, you are experiencing severe bleeding or even worse infection, you should contact a doctor immediately. With every surgical procedure, there is also a chance of getting an allergic reaction to the anesthetic. If you have a history of that happening, it is important to warn the surgeons before the tracheostomy procedure.

Other early complications could be various types of air entrapment happening. Air can be trapped around the lungs because your organs are still getting used to the tube. It can also be trapped in several areas of the chest for the same reasons. Your swallowing tube could also be damaged during the procedure, which you will feel. These kinds of listed early problems are all easily solved with good and experienced surgeons.

Long-term risks

The longer you need to have the tube, the higher are the chances of getting other problems. The tracheostomy tube could get obstructed by various objects. With the right maintenance, this can be avoided to a certain degree, but the risk is always there. The tube could also be displaced by an accident and not by your fault. You minimize the chances of this by patiently waiting until you no longer need the tube.

An abnormal passage could occur between the trachea and the esophagus, which can pose a serious risk. The risk comes from getting fluids and food into the trachea and thus blocking it. This kind of choking is no small deal, which is why it is always good to have someone around. For any other complications that could be specific to you personally, the doctor will tell you. If the doctor does not tell you, ask them that and when should you notify them if something is off.

High-risk groups

The chances of these tracheostomy risk happening increase depending on the following conditions. Children are vulnerable because their breathing systems are not yet fully developed. People who smoke and drink alcohol are always in the high-risk groups for many procedures, including this one. Immunocompromised people could also experience problems with tracheostomy procedures at a higher rate.

Medical progress is always a sign of why we should embrace modern science and technology. Medical practitioners are always using that knowledge, so they can save more lives. The reason why there are so many people here right now is because of the many scientific breakthroughs. Most of them were thanks to things that we take for granted now, like washing hands before surgery.

The scientific approach is the key to all of this, which objectively tells us the benefits and the risks. You always have the right, and you should always use the right, to know the risks of any kind of surgical procedure. Tracheostomy is a safe procedure, but it is not always a smooth ride when it comes down to it. This is, again, why this information influx we have today is so important, for our health.

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Written by Kayleigh Alexandra

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