Treating Complete Tracheal Rings

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Complete tracheal rings can vary in severity. Milder forms can sometimes be monitored with close observation. Children with less severe symptoms may grow and may not require surgery.

However, in many cases, surgery will be required to treat the disorder. Our doctors are experts in surgical interventions, which include:

  • Segmental Tracheal Resection: During this procedure, surgeons remove the defective tracheal segment and then repair the airway by suturing (attaching) the remaining ends back together. This surgery is an option if your child has a few complete tracheal rings arranged in a short segment. Learn more about segmental tracheal resection.
  • Slide tracheoplasty:  Our surgeons are experts in this complex procedure to make the airway larger. During this surgery, the narrowed trachea is divided across the middle of stenosis (the area where the airway is narrowed). A portion of the lower and upper tracheal segments are cut and then attached, resulting in an airway that is wider and shorter than before. Learn more about slide tracheoplasty and its many advantages.

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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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