Tracheostomy is performed to create a direct airway into the windpipe. This incision is surgically created to aspirate any secretions from the airway or to create a bypass route to deliver oxygen to the lungs. In a Tracheostomy, an incision is made low in the neck of the patient and a Tracheostomy tube is inserted. Possible complications are neck scarring, disturbance to the vocal and swallowing functions, bleeding or infection.
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