Definitions for tracheotomyˌtreɪ kiˈɒt ə mi
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a surgical operation that creates an opening into the trachea with a tube inserted to provide a passage for air; performed when the pharynx is obstructed by edema or cancer or other causes
A surgical procedure in which an incision is made into the trachea, through the neck, and a tube inserted so as to make an artificial opening in order to assist breathing.
Origin: From trachea + -otomy
the operation of making an opening into the windpipe
Among the oldest described surgical procedures, tracheotomy, also known as tracheostomy, consists of making an incision on the anterior aspect of the neck and opening a direct airway through an incision in the trachea. The resulting stoma can serve independently as an airway or as a site for a tracheostomy tube to be inserted; this tube allows a person to breathe without the use of his or her nose or mouth. Both surgical and percutaneous techniques are widely used in current surgical practice.
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Surgical incision of the trachea.
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