Your doctor is sending you home with a tracheostomy tube. You, and a family member or friend, will learn how to take care of it.
It is a stoma (a small opening) made in the trachea (your windpipe) where it is close to the skin. A tracheostomy tube is put in to your trachea to help you breathe.
It is a curved tube that is put in to the stoma in your trachea. Most tracheostomy tubes have 3 parts:
You must always have the obturator ready to use right away if your tracheostomy tube needs to be changed. Always have the obturator with you.