Tracheal surgery volume
Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures. Tracheal stenosis (narrowing of the airway) is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition. It can be treated surgically by a team of specialists and careful monitoring before and after surgery.
What this means - Tracheal surgeries are very rare. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has one of the only programs in the country specializing in tracheal surgery.
About the data - The data represents the number of surgeries involving the airway performed at Children's Hospital for the calendar years 2008-2012. These include tracheoplasty, tracheopexy, broncheopexy, and vascular ring and sling repairs.
Related dimensions of care:
- Children's Hospital surgeons have developed innovative techniques, such as tracheopexy, to improve outcomes and avoid tracheostomy in these complex patients.
- Patients receive comprehensive care from a dedicated tracheal services team, including specialists in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, pulmonology and radiology. This multidisciplinary team meets regularly to develop individual plans of care for each patient.
- Approximately 40 percent of patients with a tracheal disorder also have a congenital heart defect. Our Herma Heart Center specialists are known nationwide for their expertise in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery.
- A specialized nurse coordinator provides case management services for every patient with a complex tracheal disorder.
- Following surgery, patients receive care in our Airway, Digestive and Voice Center where tests such as bronchoscopies and bronchograms provide detailed airway images. These images allow specialists to monitor progress and quickly diagnose and treat any potential problems.
- Our Developmental Follow-up Program helps improve our patients' quality of life. A team of specialists, including a developmental pediatrician, nurses and occupational, physical and speech therapists specialize in assessing and monitoring your child's growth and progress.
- Children recover in our cardiac intensive care unit where they receive the highest level of care.
- Our specialists have been trained by experts from England and continue a relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital, currently the largest center in the world for tracheal surgeries.
- We conduct genetic research to determine the root cause of these problems, as well as quality of life studies to ensure children develop to their fullest potential.
- For patients who require a tracheostomy tube, we have two nurses dedicated to the care of tracheostomy patients from surgery through long-term follow-up. A discharge coordinator also helps arrange for home nursing care for patients.
We have a highly specialized Children's Transport Team
available 24 hours a day to stabilize and transport seriously sick and injured infants and children to our center. Nearly 1,500 transports are provided each year.