Mayo Clinic's approach


At Mayo Clinic, an experienced team of specialists, including neurologists; intensive care experts; ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists (otorhinolaryngologists); and other specialists, if needed, help provide thorough preoperative, operative and postoperative care.


Mayo Clinic experts are experienced in performing tracheotomies in children and adults and in determining if the opening can be closed. Each year, Mayo specialists perform more than 500 surgical procedures to create tracheostomies.

Patient education

Doctors and nurses teach people, including parents and other caregivers, about tracheostomy tube management to help provide the best possible quality of life for those who go home with tracheostomies.

Expertise and rankings

Otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat or ENT) is a medical and surgical specialty that focuses on head and neck diseases and disorders. Mayo Clinic has one of the largest otorhinolaryngology practices in the world, with more than 40 specialists providing care to patients in Arizona, Minnesota and Florida.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Oct. 22, 2019
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