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Pediatric Airway Management & Reconstruction

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What is pediatric airway evaluation and reconstruction?

There are numerous ways to evaluate the airway of a child. These include physical exam, x-rays, and specialized equipment to look directly at a child’s airway. The airway may need to be evaluated to determine a problem, such as identifying the cause of stridor. It may also need to be carefully inspected in order to perform reconstructive surgery.

Why is airway evaluation and reconstruction performed?

Pediatric airway management is important in maintaining the health of your child. It may be a diagnostic measure if a child appears to have a neck mass, is suffering from hoarseness or stridor, or has another throat condition. Airway evaluation and reconstruction may also be used to remove foreign bodies in the airway or to treat another problem that is causing an airway obstruction.

What does airway evaluation and reconstruction involve?

At New York ENT, our doctors perform airway evaluations using special tools that allow the doctor to see down the patient’s throat. Sometimes, this may require anesthesia or numbing medicine. Usually, the airway evaluation can be done during an office visit. Reconstruction of the airway may be needed, based on the results of the evaluation. When needed, similar tools may be used to allow the doctor to see the airway in detail while performing reconstructive surgery on the airway. Speak with your New York ENT doctor about details for your specific airway condition.

If you believe your child may benefit from an airway evaluation, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience with airway evaluation and reconstruction. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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