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Percutaneous Tracheostomy


Patients with prolonged respiratory failure, tracheal/subglottic stenosis, inability to clear secretions, or progressive neurologic illnesses, resulting in the inability to breathe, are candidates for percutaneous tracheostomy. Tracheostomy can be performed in an inpatient setting or an outpatient setting.

Why is it used?

  • Creates a small opening in the neck, allowing access to the trachea to remove secretions
  • Keeps the airway open (patent) or provides a route for mechanical ventilation (breathing machine)

What Makes Percutaneous Tracheostomy Different?

  • Performed by surgical or percutaneous methods
  • Involves a larger neck incision with resection of a section of trachea to place the tracheostomy tube
  • Involves placement of a tracheostomy tube without a large incision, using a series of wires and dilators or balloons

Benefits of Percutaneous Tracheostomy

Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Less bleeding risk than surgical tracheostomy
  • Allows for more cosmetic wound healing once the tracheostomy tube is removed

Learn More About Percutaneous tracheostomy

At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in performing a percutaneous tracheostomy:

All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the percutaneous tracheostomy.

For an appointment, for more information, or to find out how to refer a patient, please contact the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, 619-543-5840.

Interventional Pulmonology
UC San Diego Medical Center, 3rd Floor, South Wing
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 619-543-5840