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A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure where the surgeon creates an opening in the neck at the front of the windpipe (trachea).
Why a tracheostomy is necessary
A tracheostomy is often required when a person is unable to breathe normally because of an underlying health condition or a blockage in one of their airways.
How a tracheostomy is performed
A tracheostomy may be carried out as either an emergency or planned procedure.
Living with a tracheostomy
It's possible to enjoy a normal lifestyle with a permanent tracheostomy tube. However, most people find that it takes some time to adapt.
Complications of a tracheostomy
A planned tracheostomy carries a lower risk of complications than an emergency tracheostomy, and a percutaneous tracheostomy carries a lower risk than an open tracheostomy.