TracheOTOMY sites can close up rapidly (within hours). Why is this? Essentially, there is (usually) no missing tissue with this procedure. Occasionally the procedure does involve cutting a small section of the tracheal ring out but this is much less common now that percutaneous techniques are more in vogue The percutaneous technique involves, essentially, dilation of the skin, soft tissue, and trachea and, as such, these sites can close up very rapidly.
TracheOSTOMYsites are less of of problem as they do involve the removal of tissue. If they are fresh, however, these sites can also close relatively quickly.Read More