Most people with a tracheostomy tube will be able to eat normally. However, swallowing food or liquid may feel differently.
When you get your tracheostomy tube, or trach, you will not be able to eat right away. Instead, you will get nutrients through an IV (a intravenous catheter placed in a vein) or a feeding tube.
Once you have healed from the surgery, your doctor will tell you when it is safe to begin eating solids and liquids by mouth.
When you are ready to begin eating solids or liquids by mouth, a speech therapist will help you learn how to swallow with a trach.
Certain factors may make eating or swallowing harder, such as:
These general tips may help with swallowing problems:
Preparing the tracheostomy tube:
You and your health care provider must watch for two important problems:
Call your doctor if the following problems occur:
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Updated by: Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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