Complex Airway Program

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BIDMC and MGH serve as regional and national referral centers for patients with malignant and benign airway disorders. The entire scope of endoscopic interventions including rigid bronchoscopy, photodynamic therapy, laser therapy, argon plasma coagulation, cryotherapy, stenting, etc. are offered. A particular emphasis of the program is the endoscopic and surgical management of complex benign disorders. All surgical procedures such as tracheal resection and reconstruction, carinal resection and tracheoplasty are commonly performed.

Our Complex Airway Program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with malignant and benign airway disorders.

Conditions We Treat:

• tracheal and bronchial stenosis
• tracheobronchomalacia (TBM)
• tracheocutaneous fistula
• tracheoesophageal fistula
• laryngeal, tracheal, and bronchial tumors
• tracheostomy-related complications
•  removal of foreign body

Endoscopic Procedures (for diagnosis and/or treatment) include:

• flexible and rigid bronchoscopy
• narrow band imaging (NBI)
• endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) radialand linear probe
• YAP and CO2 laser therapy
• argon plasma coagulation (APC)
• electrocautery
• cryotherapy
• photodynamic therapy (PDT)
• microdebrider
• balloon bronchoplasty
• airway and esophageal stenting
• percutaneous tracheostomy
• percutaneous gastrostomy
• transtracheal oxygen catheter placement

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