What is a tracheostomy?

I have trouble breathing at night and it disrupts my sleep. I have heard that having a tracheostomy may remedy this problem. How is this procedure done and what does it accomplish?

Doctors Answers (2)

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 1/24/2014

A tracheostomy is not the norm for sleep apnea treatment, is not be taken lightly, and should be your last resort. Tracheostomy is a surgical procedure which consists of making an incision on the anterior aspect of the neck and opening a direct airway through an incision in the trachea (windpipe). The resulting hole 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.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 1/21/2014

A tracheostomy is a surgically made hole that goes through the front of your neck and into your trachea or windpipe. The hole is made to help you breathe. This procedure would be done as a last case scenario. For your difficulty breathing, you should be evaluated by a sleep disorder specialist to determine other possible treatment options.