Cener for Airway Disorders (CAD) | Minimally Invasive Airway Treatments

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Contact the Center for Airway Disorders

The Center for Airway Disorders (CAD) at Boston Children's Hospital is committed to using minimally invasive approaches, whenever possible, to treat children with airway disorders. Our experienced airway disorders team provides minimally invasive procedures that result in:

  • Fewer incisions
  • Less scarring, internally and externally
  • Faster recovery times
  • Less risk and fewer complications

Instead of opening up the airway, these procedures pass an endoscope (a long, flexible or rigid tube) down the throat and into the trachea. Small instruments are passed down the endoscope to perform the procedure.

Some of the minimally invasive treatments we provide include:

  • Bronchoscopic laser resection: Lasers can be used endoscopically to remove scar tissue and strictures in your child’s airway.
  • Endoscopic Airway Dilation: This procedure is used to open (dilate) a narrowed  trachea or upper airway using a small balloon. The balloon is briefly inflated in the airway to stretch the scar tissue that is causing the narrowing (stenosis). Sometimes, balloon dilation is combined with endoscopic incision or removal of scar tissue to treat the stenosis. Your child may be hospitalized overnight for observation if the surgeon has any concerns about airway swelling or bleeding. Your child’s treatment plan will include follow-up appointments to ensure that the area of stenosis does not become narrowed again.
  • Microdebrider technique: In certain condition, tumors, masses and cysts can be removed endoscopically using a powered instrument called a microdebrider. This instrument has a disposable blade in the shape of the hollow tube that simultaneously cuts and removes the obstructing tissue from your child’s airway. 

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or speak with a member of our team, please call 617-355-3795.

International Patients

For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at +01-617-355-5209.

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