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Tracheobronchial stenting

The Yashoda Centre for Lungs and Sleep Medicine is a well-known department in the diagnosis care and treatment of a wide variety of respiratory diseases and disorders.

We are considered as the best lungs and pulmonary hospital as we offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for all acute and chronic ailments for the respiratory and the pulmonary systems.

Our multidisciplinary medical teams and pulmonologists experienced in respiratory critical care work in tandem with physicians, nurses, and other staff to provide care and treatment meeting international standards.

Our Centre for Lungs and Sleep Medicine provides excellence in respiratory care, and the department is equipped with a state of the art Medical Intensive Care Unit with 24-hour pulmonary care and inpatient consultation services.

What is tracheobronchial stenting?

Your airway system consists of the trachea, which is then broken down into various sections, called the main stem and segmental bronchi. These sections supply air to both of your lungs. Diseases that impede the airways are horrid, as they may lead to the lungs to collapse and hinder the patient from inhaling enough air, causing death.

The doctors may insert a stent, a metal mesh tube implanted over a guidewire and settled in a vessel to keep it clear.

Tracheobronchial stenting refers to implanting a stent in a patient’s airway to treat or prevent restricted airflow.

The method is minimally invasive and is generally used to alleviate symptoms caused by cancerous tumours blocking airways.

Are you a Candidate for Tracheobronchial Stenting?

A cancerous growth in your trachea or bronchi which cannot be operated on and is affecting your breathing, then the stent is placed to relieve your breathlessness while you undergo chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.

In some incidents, a stent is arranged to treat fistulas (holes) that have spread in the airway system or to treat blockages in the airway that are not cancerous.

If the patient is a kid, biodegradable stents are used, which can be absorbed over time.

How does the procedure work?

Our team of interventional radiologists and surgeons will carry out the procedure in an operating theatre. You will be placed under general anaesthesia for the operation, and the doctors will use fluoroscopy and a bronchoscope (a tiny camera inserted into your body on a tube) for guidance.

An interventional radiologist will string a guidewire into your airway system so that the stent can be escorted to the correct location. Once fixed in the distressed area, the stent will swell, cleaning the airway.

An oncologist may extract a tissue sample before the stent is fixed if this would be useful in plotting your optimal treatment.

In most cases, patients remain in the hospital overnight, and you will be released from the hospital once you have had a discussion with the thoracic and oncology teams who will administer your follow-up care.

What are the risks associated with this Procedure?

The bulk of cases (over 95%) are successful, and most patients (70-80%) show significant clinical improvement 24-48 hours after the operation. In 10-20% of cases, the stent migrates, meaning it goes to another part of the body. If this takes place, the stent will be discarded and supplanted with a new stent.

Other possible problems include chest infection, bleeding, temporary chest pain, and the risk of the airways reacting to the stents, which can lead to spasm and breathlessness.



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