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Aaron’s Surgery

We’re home! Aaron had a smooth recovery. The biggest worry was post-operative swelling, so they monitored his oxygen saturations through the night and they remained normal. Any swelling that he does have should resolve in a couple of days, then we should see an improvement in his breathing. Below are some photos of Aaron and also his airway.

Aaron & Dr. Nuss
Aaron with Dr. Nuss just before going into surgery

recovery room
In the recovery room

in room
In room and happy that surgery is done

Subglottic stenosis
Subglottic stenosis (Scar band). The bright white areas are his vocal cords. Beyond the cords should be wide open, but in this photo you can see that there is a web covering a large portion of Aaron’s airway (approximately 50%).

first laser cut
First laser cut into the scar tissue. The reason the cut into the web using vertical cuts is because if they just cut out the scar band, it will grow right back. The chances of his airway staying open longer is better with this type of cut.

second cut
Second laser cut

after dilation
Airway after dilation

Cartilage graft
Site of cartilage graft from laryngotracheoplasty (LTP) in 1997. This area is at the front of his trachea (top in photo). The area is well-healed and covered with mucosa and lower in the airway than the scar problem.

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5 thoughts on “Aaron’s Surgery

  1. Cynthia & Lou says:

    We’re glad you’re home and healing. We hope your parents are doing as well, too. Those are some amazing pictures. Quite a haircut!

    Cynthia’s brother Jonathan is in the hospital. Regards to Eric and Anthony. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

    Cynthia & Lou

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  2. george says:

    absolutely amazing to see Aaron doing so well.

    And to think I hesitated to show you my scars LOL.

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  3. cindy says:

    Thanks Cynthia and Lou. This is Aaron’s summer cut (the hair, not the airway;-)

    Let use know how Jonathan is doing.

    Thanks George:-)

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  4. Barb says:

    This is just amazing to see Cindy. I looked & read under each photo with interest. This has to hurt!
    Glad to know Aaron is home & doing so well.

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  5. cindy says:

    Hi Barb, thanks for stopping by! Aaron has a bit of a sore throat, but getting better

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