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Tracheostomy Revision New Jersey- Scar Removal

A tracheotomy or a tracheostomy is a surgical opening created through the neck into the trachea, also known as windpipe to aid in breathing. It is usually performed when a patient has endured severe trauma or has a compromised airway.

After recovery and decannulation (removal of the tube), many patients are left with a scar that is hypertrophic and discolored.  These scars can be physically uncomfortable, visually distracting and psychologically troublesome for many people.

Each person scars differently. A person’s unique biological makeup along with the size and direction of the wound contributes to how the scar forms.

Hypertrophic scars

They produce large, raised dark scars within the boundary of the wound, but still protrude and become highly visible.

Types of Treatment

  • Steroid injections: Steroid injections can relieve some of the scars physical discomfort, such a itchiness and tenderness. It can also lessen the scar’s discoloration and size
  • Removing scar tissue: sometimes removing the scar tissue and suturing the wound with very small stitches can fix these types of scars.
  • Skin grafts: skin or flap grafts may be able to fix the results of hypertrophic scars.
  • Combination treatment: Sometimes the best plan is to combine treatments: removing the scar tissue, while using steroid injections and topical creams.
  • Other treatments: include wearing pressure bandages that minimize swelling and support healing, and radiation