A tracheostomy is an opening that surgeons make through the front of the neck and into the windpipe (trachea). The tracheostomy tube is placed into the opening to keep it open for breathing when the usual route for breathing is somehow blocked or reduced. When health problems require long-term use of a machine (ventilator) to help breathe, a tracheostomy is often needed. In rare cases, an emergency tracheostomy is performed when the airway is suddenly blocked, such as after a severe injury to the face or neck. Read more: When Should a Tracheostomy Tube Be Changed? Article
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