After surgery, your neck may be sore, and you may have trouble
swallowing for a few days. It may take 2 to 3 days to get used to breathing
through the tracheostomy (trach) tube. You can expect to feel better each day,
but it may take at least 2 weeks to adjust to living with your trach (say
At first, it may be hard to make sounds or to speak.
Your doctor, nurses, respiratory therapists, and speech therapists can help you
learn to talk with your trach tube or with other speaking devices. When you
speak, your voice may sound deeper and scratchier than normal.
Your trach tube may be sewn or tied to your skin. If you have stitches,
the doctor will remove them about 1 week after your surgery. He or she may also
take out your original tube and put in a new tube 5 to 10 days after
Taking good care of your trach is very important. It can
prevent infections and help keep you breathing easily.
sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get
better as quickly as possible.
Your doctor or nurse will give you instructions on how
to take care of your trach. This will include how to suction your trach, how to
clean the opening in your neck (stoma), and how to clean and replace your
trach's inner tube (inner cannula). Be sure to follow all of your doctor's
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure
to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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