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Trachael Stenosis

Advanced options for narrowing of the windpipe

Tracheal stenosis is a condition where the windpipe — or trachea — narrows, which can make it difficult to breathe normally. Some patients develop tracheal stenosis due to prolonged or traumatic intubations. However, some cases develop with no clear cause.

Treatment options for tracheal stenosis

At Methodist, we offer a team capable of performing multiple treatments for tracheal stenosis. Often, the condition can be treated with minimally invasive options.

Treatment may include:

  • Minimally invasive bronchoscopy, balloon dilation, or thermal ablation
  • T-tube, airway stent, or tracheostomy
  • Tracheal resection for severe or life-threatening cases

Tracheal resection

When tracheal narrowing is severe and prevents adequate breathing, it can turn into a life-threatening emergency. Tracheal resection is a surgical procedure that removes the narrowed part of the trachea. It requires a team of experienced surgeons, anesthesia specialists, and critical care specialists.

Our care team will decide if tracheal resection is an option for you based on:

  • Severity of the narrowing
  • Length of the narrowing
  • Location in the trachea
  • Whether or not other treatments are effective

We can help you find a thoracic surgeon. Call (214) 947-0000 or complete this form to request an appointment.