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Airway Stenting

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When a patient has a medical condition that is causing an obstruction of their airway, a tracheal or bronchial stent may be required to keep the affected section of airway open and ease their ability to breathe. Dr. Astra at Florida Hospital North Pinellas Surgical Institute is an accomplished thoracic, vascular and general surgeon who has significant experience placing both temporary and permanent airway stents via bronchoscopy procedures. (Stents are simply hollow tubes of various sizes and materials.) Such procedures avoid the need for any incisions, and are usually performed on an out-patient basis.

For more information on airway stenting or to arrange for a consultation with Dr. Astra, call 727.270.9927 or fill out an appointment request form here.

Why a Patient Might Need an Airway Stent

  • Airway obstruction caused by lung, esophageal or thyroid cancer
  • Primary airway tumor
  • Chemo-radiotherapy treatment
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Inflammatory lesion
  • Metastasized cancers
  • Postintubation tracheal stenosis
  • Temporary treatment prior to surgery
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Vascular compression