Open Tracheostomy

  • Morgan Schellenberg
  • Kenji InabaEmail author


Open tracheostomy is an option for a non-urgent, medium- to long-term surgical airway. It can also be used as part of a complex repair of a tracheal injury. In contrast to percutaneous tracheostomy, an open tracheostomy is especially useful in patients who have cervical spine fractures and cannot undergo neck extension, and in patients with obscure anatomy, either due to body habitus, previous neck surgery, or radiation. Patient positioning, instruments, surgical technique, complications, tips, and pitfalls for open tracheostomy are discussed in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical CareUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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