The goal of treatment is to remove the obstruction by breaking the web, allowing the airway to open up to its full capacity. Depending on the severity of the web, your surgeon may accomplish this by dilating the trachea and using a laser or cutting instrument to break the web. In some cases of a thicker web, your surgeon may recommend an open surgical approach to expand the airway.
The surgeon will take your child to the operating room and place a small balloon in the airway to widen or break the web. This may need to be repeated to prevent reformation of the web by scar tissue.
For some webs the correct treatment is an open surgical procedure called a larynogofissure, opening into the larynx, generally through the midline incision through the neck.
If dilation is needed your child will spend one to two nights in the hospital until their breathing is safe. If an open neck procedure is needed, then one to two weeks is usually needed in the hospital following the operation.