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.
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 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.
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.