What Is a Cervical Slide Tracheoplasty (CST)?

Cervical slide tracheoplasty is a surgery to repair problems in the airway. Some reasons for this surgery include:

  • Issues with the upper half of the airway:
  • An abnormal opening that connects the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (food pipe), known as a tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)

Before considering surgery, the doctor will look at your child’s airway with a tube that has a small camera attached. This test, called a microlaryngoscopy, bronchoscopy (MLB), helps the doctor decide if this is the right surgery for your child.