- Short areas of scar tissue may not require many procedures to fix them, or if they do, may only require 1-2 procedures.
- Long areas of scar tissue tend to recur after procedures such as dilation and laser treatment, often around 6-9 months following surgery
I almost said, "Sign me up." But then I knew I needed to call my mom. She has been my biggest advocate through this whole ordeal - she would have an opinion here. She did a ton of online research, and decided that this tracheal resection was a grand idea. Seeking advice, I called Dr. Matthew Forrester, resident at Stanford. He spoke with the head of Thoracic surgery at Stanford University..........AND I HAVE A CONSULT WITH THE MAN!! I'm nervous but exited too.
Here's the anatomy of the tracheal resection: A very, very, very, practiced Thoracic surgeon will actually remove the stenosed portion of your trachea, and sew it back together. Tracheal resection is so far the best alternative to cure the stenosis completely. The narrowed part of the trachea will be cut off and the cut ends of the trachea sewn together with sutures. Brace yourself, they go through your throat, and you will have what they call a collar scar. Totally a non-issue as far as I'm concerned, as long as it assures me I won't have to have another surgery. This will not be performed by your ENT, and it's a much bigger deal than laser or dilation surgeries..........it is a final surgery with lasting results!
I can't wait to share more after my consult with Dr. Shrager.......until then!!
UPDATE: October 2012
Well it seems this dream cure might not be in the cards for me. I now understand what a big deal this tracheal resection surgery is...... you have a four inch incision, a drain, and chin stitches to hold your head still for a week, and that is really really scary to me! At this time I have decided not to go through with it, I am way too scared that I may not be one of the lucky people who receive flawless results and have a permanent solution.