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Surgical closure of trach stoma

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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.


Father to Aubrey (3.5 years old with charge, Ian 9 years, 3

months, and husband to )

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