If your child has a tracheotomy tube, the ENT doctor will decide if it will come out during the surgery.
The surgery takes about five to six hours and involves these steps (see diagram below).
1. The doctor separates the trachea into two pieces at the narrow spot.
2. One piece of the trachea is opened at the front and the other piece at the back.
3. The doctor moves the top piece over the bottom piece and sews the two pieces together, which makes the trachea wider.
4. The airway can look like a figure “8.” This gets better as the airway heals.