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Caring for children with tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

Learn how our Gastroenterology, Liver and Nutrition Program cares for children with tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia.

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Our approach to tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers one of the nation’s leading comprehensive programs for treating tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia. Our Aerodigestive Center is a destination, combining the expertise of pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric surgeons, otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, dieticians and speech pathologists who work together to create the best treatment plan for your child. Our team is also committed to research on tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia, which allows us to provide the most innovative and effective treatments.

Tracheosophageal fistula and esophageal atresia services we offer

Our experts are here to support you every step of the way, from initial diagnosis to surgical repair and beyond. We offer advanced surgical, radiological and endoscopic procedures, including minimally invasive surgical repair of tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia and esophageal dilation, for minimally invasive post-operative stricture therapy. Our team is composed of nationally recognized leaders in the fields of surgery, gastroenterology and interventional radiology that work together to provide comprehensive management of your child.

Diagnosing and treating tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

The most common types of tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia are diagnosed prenatally or immediately after birth. If a patient is suspected of having a tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia, further studies typically include X-rays and an ultrasound of the heart and kidneys.

An operation is required to fix the abnormality. A pediatric surgeon will divide and close the abnormal connection between the trachea (wind pipe) and the esophagus. Repair of the esophageal atresia depends on how far apart the two sections of disconnected esophagus are, and this condition sometimes requires more than one surgery. Your baby's surgical and medical team will decide the appropriate type and timing for your child’s operation.

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