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Surgical closure of trach stoma

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Posted 20 June 2002 - 09:01 PM

I have a question for anyone who has had to have a trach stoma
surgically closed after decannulation. Aubrey (3.5 yrs old) was
decannulated recently, but since she had the trach for so long, the
stoma will not close on its own. Our ENT informed us that to surgically
close the stoma she will have to go under anesthesia and the ENT will
stitch the inside part at the trachea closed, the muscle inbetween and
the outside. She said that she will need to place a small drain tube
that hangs out for a day or 2 to let air flow thru. Apparently,
according to her, if you don't do that an oxygen bubble can get in there
and travel to the lungs causing some kind of pnemonia. She said that
this could still potentially happen, even with the tube - she has had it
happen twice, but has done many of these. Has anyone else gone thru
this and if so, does this all sound correct? Are there any other
options? I am certainly not pleased that Aubrey will have to be
intubated to have this done after all the work we have been thru due to
her intubations when she was younger.

Bradley
Father to Aubrey (3.5 years old with charge, Ian 9 years, 3
months, and husband to )



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