- Experience. Mayo Clinic is one of a handful of medical centers in the United States with significant experience performing laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery in children. Mayo Clinic also performs the procedure in adults.
- Proven success. Often your child can be weaned from tracheostomy tubes (decannulation) after a single operation.
- Team approach. Many conditions can affect breathing problems. Mayo Clinic specialists in ear, nose and throat (ENT), pulmonary medicine, digestive diseases, sleep medicine and other areas work together to evaluate all aspects of the condition, recommend a solution and begin treatment in a timely and coordinated way. Surgery is done by a team of experienced staff surgeons.
- Latest technology. Mayo Clinic offers leading-edge voice and swallowing exams to evaluate breathing and related problems and minimally invasive endoscopic treatment options.
- Genetic counseling. Mayo Clinic has successfully treated children with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders who are at risk of airway problems. Mayo Clinic's Department of Medical Genetics can help identify conditions or syndromes that may affect surgery, the outcome of surgery and the long-term prognosis for your child.
- Child centered. Mayo Clinic's Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine provides care in a comfortable and caring environment specifically designed for the needs of children and partners with you and your child in treatment and recovery.
- Comprehensive follow-up care. The Mayo Clinic care team closely monitors post-surgery healing and offers many services to assist your or your child's recovery, including speech and language pathologists who help with speaking and swallowing.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for ear, nose and throat by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for ear, nose and throat by U.S. News & World Report.
March 27, 2013
- Lalwani AK. Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. 3rd ed. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2012. http://www.accessmedicine.com/resourceTOC.aspx?resourceID=39. Accessed Dec. 30, 2012.
- Meier JD, et al. Multisystem disease and pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 2012;45:643.
- Vocal fold paralysis. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/pages/vocalparal.aspx. Accessed Dec. 29, 2012.
- Flint PW, et al. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Mosby Elsevier; 2010. http://www.mdconsult.com/books/about.do?about=true&eid=4-u1.0-B978-0-323-05283-2..X0001-8--TOP&isbn=978-0-323-05283-2&uniqId=230100505-57. Accessed Dec. 30, 2012.
- Q & A: What you should know before surgery. American Society of Anesthesiologists. http://www.lifelinetomodernmedicine.com/What-To-Expect/QA-What-You-Should-Know-Before-Surgery.aspx. Accessed Dec. 30, 2012.
- Lando T, et al. Minimally invasive techniques in laryngotracheal reconstruction. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 2008;41:935.
- Rohren CH (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Feb. 4, 2013.
- Orvidas LJ (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. March 12, 2013.
- Weed HG, et al. Postoperative fever. http://www.uptodate.com/home. March 12, 2013.