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Tracheal Disorders Program

As one of only five pediatric tracheal surgery programs in the US, families come from all over the country to have their child treated by the Tracheal Disorders Program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Our team can treat any tracheal disorder with a range of therapies, including surgery.

What makes our program unique is our specialization in tracheal surgery for the most complex disorders. We are also able to safely transport patients from all over the contiguous United States to our hospital with our air ECMO transportation services.

Most disorders of the trachea do not require surgery and can be treated with a variety of therapies available at Children’s. In rare cases, complex tracheal surgery might be required to alleviate symptoms associated with tracheal disorders.

The Children’s team specializes in tracheal surgery and regularly performs surgical techniques that were invented at Children's. Our tracheal team often speaks internationally about these groundbreaking surgical techniques.

Learn more about life-changing tracheal surgery techniques developed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Tracheal program highlights

In addition to being a national leader in the treatment and diagnosis of complex tracheal disorders, the tracheal team also offers:

  • A cardiac intensive care unit where children receive the highest level of care possible by pediatric-trained nurses and physicians.
  • The support of our world-class Herma Heart Institute, one of the leaders in cardiothoracic surgery in the country. Specialists trained at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in England, currently the largest center in the world for tracheal surgeries.
  • Follow up care by the Children’s Airway and Digestive Center - where patients receive regular tests and check-ups to spot problems as quickly as possible.
  • Genetic research to help determine the root cause of tracheal disorders in children.
  • Quality of life studies to ensure children develop to their fullest potential.

Common conditions treated

The Tracheal Disorders team can treat the full range of tracheal disorders from the simple tot he complex. The team most commonly treats the following disorders:

  • Tracheal/Bronchial stenosis
  • Tracheal/Bronchial malacia
  • Tracheal fistula
  • Complete tracheal rings

See the full list of conditions treated

The tracheal team

The trachea is an anatomical crossroads for several major bodily systems. Disorders of the trachea require the expertise of many different types of doctors, clinicians and nurses. To treat all sides of tracheal disorders, the Tracheal Disorders Program is made up of experts from several specialties, including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Critical care
  • Neonatology
  • Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
  • Pediatric cardiac and general surgery
  • Pulmonology

Additionally, the program has two dedicated nurses that care for tracheostomy patients after surgery.

See the full list of tracheal treatments

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To make an appointment, call the Airway and Digestive Center clinician.

(414) 266-6487

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