Our Airway and Digestive Center provides your child a dedicated team offering complete multidisciplinary care and treatment of complex airway and digestive tract disorders in children

A team approach

Aerodigestive disorders affect your child’s breathing, ability to swallow and eat. Treatment of these complex conditions requires integrated support from multiple specialists.

At the Airway and Digestive Center, we find that a team-based approach provides the best possible care for our patients. Our entire team takes responsibility for your child’s complete care, with regular meetings to discuss the best treatment. During treatment, all of your child’s specialists are continually updated on his or her progress.

Specialized services

The specialists on our team include:

  • Ear, nose and throat doctor
  • Gastroenterology doctor
  • Pulmonary doctor
  • Speech and language specialist

In addition to the specialists on our own team, we have access to a variety of specialists at Children’s. This means more specialists and treatment possibilities for your child, all working in collaboration. Some specialists your child might see include sleep specialists, craniofacial and plastic surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, and speech therapists.

Leaders in tracheal treatment

Children’s specializes in the treatment of complex tracheal disorders. Our team leads the nation in the number of surgeries to correct complex tracheal stenosis and malacia. Patients are referred from all over the country to receive these groundbreaking tracheal treatments, including several procedures that were invented here at Children’s.

Conditions

Children's treats the full range of airway, digestive, voice and tracheal disorders including:

  • Airway obstruction
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Pulmonary slings
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheal/esophageal fistula
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Vascular rings

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Treatments and tests

Some of the more common treatments our team performs to help keep your child healthy include:

  • Upper airway evaluation
  • Lower airway evaluation
  • Bronchoscopy/Bronchogram
  • Feeding and swallowing evaluation
  • Digestive evaluation
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Video fluoroscopy
  • Tracheal resection
  • Airway reconstruction
  • Slide tracheoplasty
  • Tracheopexy
  • Aortopexy

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Research

Children's is a national leader in the treatment of complex tracheal stenosis and malacia. In fact, some of the solutions our team uses to treat tracheal abnormalities were invented here at Children's. Led by Dr. Michael Mitchell, our tracheal team continues to push the boundaries of treatment to discover better, life-changing solutions for pediatric aerodigestive conditions.