What We Treat

Aerodigestive diseases involve disorders of the respiratory and digestive systems, including the mouth, throat, lungs and esophagus. The best approach to treating these disorders is combining the expertise of several specialists.

The Aerodigestive Center focuses on the care of these complex systems. Common medical conditions we treat at our center include:

  • Airway disease and malacia
  • Aspiration and dysphagia
  • Chronic cough or croup
  • Congenital abnormalities of the airway and esophagus
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis or gastritis
  • Feeding disorders
  • Gastrostomy tube feeds or nasogastric tube feeds
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Severe asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stridor and wheezing
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

Services We Offer

Common procedures we perform include:

  • Airway surgery
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Laryngeal cleft repair
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • pH impedance testing
  • Slide tracheoplasty
  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Upper endoscopy (EGD)

Our Unique Approach

With one of the only pediatric aerodigestive centers in the Southeast, Children’s has the expertise to treat children and young adults from across the region who have the most serious aerodigestive issues.

When patients visit our clinic, they see physicians and specialists from multiple areas who work together to provide the best possible care. Our team monitors patients’ progress and performs joint appointments, procedures and surgeries. This helps to minimize travel time, days out of school or work and anesthesia time.

We bring together a multidisciplinary team to provide high-quality care for our complex patients. Plus, our nurse practitioners are trained in gastroenterology (GI), otolaryngology (ENT) and pulmonary medicine so they can care for the whole child. We rely on healthcare professionals from the following areas:

  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology (GI)
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Speech-language therapy
  • Surgery
  • Respiratory therapy

Care coordinators provide feedback about treatment plans, support services and ongoing care to our patients. They are available daily to answer questions and include:

  • Nurses
  • Advanced practice providers
  • Dietitians 
  • Social workers

Meet the Team

Meet our aerodigestive team