Tracheal resection is for children who have a section of scarring within their trachea. The procedure may take anywhere from four to seven hours and your child leaves the operating room with an endotracheal tube in place.
Your 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 your child's condition.
The patient returns to the hospital 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.