Adult Tracheostomy HFFY#5970. Category: Respiratory. The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.
Once the tracheostomy tube is removed, the opening may not close on its own. Tubes remaining in place for 16 weeks or longer are more at risk for needing surgical closure; A clean tracheostomy site, good tracheostomy tube care and regular examination of the airway by an otolaryngologist should minimize the occurrence of any of these complications.
Late complications. Some of the complications that can occur days, weeks or even months after a tracheostomy are described below. Failure to heal. Sometimes the tracheostomy wound doesn't heal properly and starts to bleed. If this happens, the tracheostomy tube may need to be temporarily removed so surgery can be carried out to stem the bleeding.
The procedure is associated with a number of potential morbidities, which can classically be divided into immediate, maintenance-related, and post-decannulation complications. The list of complications may appear formidable, but this should not prevent the surgeon from performing a tracheostomy in a patient who clearly stands to benefit from one.
Complications of a Tracheostomy. The following is a list of problems that could potentially occur with tracheostomies: Early complications: Bleeding Tube is not positioned correctly Tube obstruction caused by a hole in the cuff The tube tip presses on the tracheal wall resulting in tube obstruction Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) Delayed.