Complex Airway Reconstruction

Complex airway disorders can affect your larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe) or pharynx (back of the mouth and nose). If you suffer from a complex airway disorder, you may have trouble with activities such as speaking or even breathing comfortably.

Our specialists in the Complex Airway Reconstruction Program have the expertise to accurately evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide array of complex airway disorders. Our comprehensive team works with you to develop a personalized care plan, so you can swallow, speak and breathe with ease.

Conditions We Treat

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    Bronchial stenosis
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    Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s granulomatosis)
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    Laryngeal stenosis
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    Laryngomalacia
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    Laryngotracheal clefts
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    Autoimmune diseases
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    Relapsing polychondritis
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    Subglottic stenosis

Meet Your Care Team

Alexander Gelbard
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Alexander GelbardMD

    Airway Reconstruction, Breathing Disorders, ENT Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology), Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology Surgery, Voice Disorders
Christopher T. Wootten
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Christopher T. WoottenMD, FACS, FAAP

    Airway Reconstruction, Breathing Disorders, Hearing Loss, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Why Choose Complex Airway Reconstruction at Vanderbilt

  • Knowledge and experience

    Our experienced surgeons perform more than 450 adult and pediatric procedures a year to treat laryngeal (voice box) and tracheal (windpipe) conditions. Our depth of experience translates into expert, comprehensive care for you. 

  • Team approach

    We work together to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need. Our team members collaborate with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.

  • Patient care coordinators

    Our patient care coordinators guide you through your care plan. They can help you schedule appointments, gather medical records, address concerns and coordinate your care among all the specialists involved in your treatment.

  • Second opinions

    A second opinion can help you make the best decisions. We review your medical history, diagnostic tests, any previous treatments and your personal preferences to provide you with an informed opinion.

  • Innovation

    Our researchers are dedicated to developing new and more effective approaches to care. We not only apply the latest research, but also pioneer some of the latest innovations. You may have access to treatments before they are widely available.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Endoscopy
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    Pathology and other laboratory tests
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    High-resolution scans
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    Swallowing and function tests
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    Endoscopic dilation
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    Endoscopic resection (Maddern procedure)
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    Vocal cord lateralization
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    Supraglottoplasty

Locations (2)

1215 21st Ave. S., 7th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
2200 Children's Way, 10th FL
Nashville, TN 37232
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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