Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after a laryngotracheal reconstruction.
The open-airway laryngotracheal reconstruction can be done using different techniques depending on the severity of your child’s condition.
During a single stage reconstruction, the surgeon will reconstruct or widen the airway by inserting precisely shaped pieces of cartilage or grafts from the ribs, thyroid or ear into the trachea.
An endotracheal tube will be placed to support the cartilage grafts. During a double stage reconstruction, the surgeon will reconstruct or widen the airway by inserting precisely shaped pieces of cartilage or grafts from the ribs, thyroid or ear into the trachea.
The tracheostomy tube will be left in place to provide a framework for the airway to heal. Resection is when the narrow part of the windpipe is removed completely and the remaining segments are sewn together.
6 Procedure Results
Understanding the results of laryngotracheal reconstruction will be made possible by your doctor.
Full recovery may take a few weeks to several months. Most people stay in the hospital seven to 14 days after open-airway laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery.
Your child may need sedation to help prevent the breathing tube from coming out or may need help from a breathing machine.
Your doctor will perform regular endoscopic exams to check the development of the airway healing.
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