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Is there an alternative to a trach?

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Hi:
You are asking an important question during a difficult time for your family. The suggestion for a tracheotomy is usually due to the fact that mechanical ventilation for a See also:
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long time creates other problems that need to be avoided. Keep in mind that a trach can be reversed and does not have to be permanent.
The best way to get your questions answered is to set an appointment with your Mother’s doctor and write out the 3 questions you want to ask ahead of time. Bring someone along to the meeting with you if the situation is getting stressful who can help understand the options. Most of all, try and get your Mom to understand the options and let her contribute to the decision making if she can. Often a nurse in the doctor’s office can further explain the options you and your family have to face at this time.
Be well.
Dan

 

 
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