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December 18, 2014

How a Tracheostomy Hole Heals Closed (Time Lapse Photos)

When a patient undergoes a tracheostomy, it is not a permanent thing. Once a patient is healthy enough, the tracheostomy tube can be removed and the existing hole in the throat will spontaneously start to heal closed.

In a process called healing by secondary intention, the body creates granulation tissue along with scarring that slowly but surely closes the trach opening shut. In the rare situation it does not completely close, a surgical procedure can be performed.

Here are some pictures showing a tracheostomy hole becoming smaller each day after the tube was removed. The first picture is day 0 followed by day 1, day 2, etc. All photos were taken on the same patient.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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