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Tracheal Disorders Program

Children come from all over the country to be treated by the outstanding Tracheal Disorders Program at Children’s. Our team can treat any tracheal disorder with a range of therapies, including surgery.

What makes the program unique is that our team specializes in tracheal surgery for the most complex disorders. Often, patients are referred to the program when they have not been able to find suitable treatment elsewhere.

Most disorders of the trachea do not require surgery and can be treated with a variety of therapies available at Children’s. In rare cases, complicated tracheal surgery might be required to alleviate symptoms associated with tracheal disorders.

The Children’s team specializes in tracheal surgery and regularly performs surgical techniques that were invented at Children’s.

The tracheal team often speaks internationally about these groundbreaking surgical techniques.

Learn more about life-changing tracheal surgery techniques developed at Children’s

The tracheal team

The trachea is an anatomical crossroads for several major bodily systems. Disorders of the trachea require the expertise of many different types of doctors, clinicians and nurses. To treat all sides of tracheal disorders, the tracheal team is made up of specialists from several departments at Children’s. These tracheal team members have monthly meetings to discuss tracheal patients and specialize in:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Critical care
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatric cardiac and general surgery
  • Pulmonology

Additionally, the program has two dedicated nurses that care for tracheostomy patients after surgery.

See the full list of tracheal treatments

Common conditions treated

The Children’s team can treat any simple or complex tracheal disorder. The team most commonly treats:

  • Tracheal/Bronchial stenosis
  • Tracheal/Bronchial malacia
  • Tracheal fistula
  • Complete tracheal rings

See the full list of conditions treated

Tracheal program highlights

In addition to being a national leader in the treatment and diagnosis of complex tracheal disorders, the tracheal team also offers:

  • Follow up care by the Children’s Airway and Digestive Center - where patients receive regular tests and check-ups to spot problems as quickly as possible.
  • Specialists trained at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in England, currently the largest center in the world for tracheal surgeries.
  • Genetic research to help determine the root cause of tracheal disorders in children.
  • Quality of life studies to ensure children develop to their fullest potential.
  • A cardiac intensive care unit where children receive the highest level of care possible by pediatric-trained nurses and physicians.
  • The support of our world-class Herma Heart Institute, one of the leaders in cardiothoracic surgery in the country.
  • A Palliative Care Program to support families and provide patient comfort.
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