Partial cricotracheal resection is for patients who have a short section of scarring at the level of the cricoid and the tracheal segment immediately below it. This complex surgery involves removing a scarred portion of the airway and reconnecting the healthy ends.
Airway surgeons explain how a crichotracheal resection is done.
The procedure may take anywhere from two to six hours and the child leaves the operating room with a breathing tube or T-tube stent in place (no tracheostomy tube). Following the surgery, the child's neck must be immobilized in a flexed position for one to two weeks.
Subglottic stenosis shown before and after
partial cricotracheal resection. The child returns to the operating room for a microlaryngoscopy bronchoscopy approximately one week after the surgery to evaluate the healing process. The total length of the hospital stay will depend on your child's healing process, but is typically two to four weeks in the ICU.