Complex Airway Program
Treatments & Services

Emory Complex Airway Program Services

The Emory Complex Airway Program gives you access to a team of specialists with advanced expertise in treating issues affecting your airway, including your voice box (larynx), windpipe (trachea), or the back of your nose and mouth (pharynx).

Symptoms of Complex Airway Issues

The symptoms of complex airway issues vary based on their severity and type, but some of the most common warning signs include:

  • Shortness of breath, especially when you exercise or exert yourself
  • Congested chest
  • High-pitched sounds or wheezing that occurs when you breathe in or out
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent cough that resembles the sound of a barking seal

If you experience any warning signs of complex airway issues, our team offers a wide range of treatment options.

Comprehensive, Personalized Care

Our experts partner with you to create a personalized treatment plan focused on your unique needs and goals. We explain each step of your care and help you make informed decisions that improve your health.

Emory Complex Airway Program Treatments

Dilation and Stenting

We can place hollow tubes called stents in your airway to treat a variety of breathing and lung disorders. Stents provide support for your airway, allowing you to breathe and swallow more easily. Dilation stretches your airway, increasing its size and improving your ability to breathe. A stent may be used in combination with dilation to provide additional stability. Our expert surgeons can perform these procedures endoscopically, which means they don’t require surgeons to make an access incision outside your body.

Options we offer for dilation and stenting include:

  • Airway stent
  • Balloon dilation
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchial dilation
  • Endoscopic excision and dilation
  • Endo-laryngeal stenting

  • Endoscopic placement of a tracheal stent
  • Partial arytenoidectomy
  • Slide tracheoplasty
  • Tracheoplasty
  • T-tube stent

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses a targeted, intense beam of light to destroy tissue. Our team of specialists uses laser therapy for ablation (removal) of tumors and scar tissue in your airway. This procedure helps widen your airway and improves your ability to breathe and swallow.

Options we offer for laser therapy include:

  • Suspension microlaryngoscopy
  • Bronchoscopic therapies
  • Laser cordotomy

Advanced Surgical Options

We were the first and remain the only hospital in the state to offer robotic tracheobronchoplasty to repair and strengthen the trachea for patients with tracheobronchomalacia (TBM). With TBM, your airway collapses, leading to difficulty breathing, coughing and infection. Robotic-assisted surgery improves your surgeon’s ability to reconstruct your airway using precisely attached mesh sutures (stitches) with less pain and fewer complications.

Other options for surgical reconstruction and revision include:

  • Bronchial or tracheal resection and reconstruction
  • Carinal resection and reconstruction
  • Cricotracheal resection
  • Endoscopic resection
  • Laryngeal microsurgery
  • Laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • Open airway surgery of the larynx

  • Slide tracheoplasty 
  • Supraglottoplasty
  • Tracheal fistula repair
  • Tracheal resection
  • Vocal cord lateralization
  • Vocal cord medialization
  • Vocal cord reinnervation

Tracheostomy-Related Care

If you require a tracheostomy to provide an alternative airway opening, our team teaches you everything you need to know to use and care for your breathing tube. We also offer surgical solutions when needed.

Options include:

  • Revision of tracheal stoma
  • Tracheostomy maintenance

Make an Appointment with Emory Complex Airway Program

To learn more about the innovative treatments available at the Emory Complex Airway Program, or to schedule an appointment, call 404-686-1231.

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To make an appointment, please call 404-686-1231.