Pediatric Airway Disorders

Tracheal Resection

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Complete tracheal rings removed from a child’s airway during tracheal resection.

Tracheal resection is for patients that have a section of scarring within the trachea. This complex surgery involves removing a scarred portion of the trachea and reconnecting the healthy ends.

The procedure may take anywhere from four to seven hours and the child leaves the operating room with an endotracheal tube in place. The child's neck must be immobilized in a flexed position for one to two weeks. The breathing tube is removed two to seven days following the surgery depending on the child's condition.

The child returns to the OR 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 the child's healing process, but is typically two to four weeks in the ICU.

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