Tracheotomy is a type of surgery used to make an opening in the
neck that a person can breathe through. The opening is called a
During tracheotomy, a surgical cut (incision) is made in the front
of the neck over the windpipe, or trachea. The trachea is the main breathing
tube leading to the lungs. The incision is made below the vocal cords. A rigid
plastic or metal tube is inserted to keep the incision open. The tube is
usually connected to a machine called a ventilator that helps the person
breathe. But a ventilator is not always needed.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam David Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
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