Tracheoesophageal Fistula and Esophageal Atresia Treatments
The treatment for both tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia is surgery. For a tracheoesophageal fistula, the physician will close up the opening surgically. For esophageal atresia, the physician will connect the two parts of the esophagus. Often, a second surgery is needed as your child grows.
Long-term treatments for tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia
Babies who undergo surgery for tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia may continue to have issues with the esophagus as they grow:
- Scar tissue may develop, causing a stricture, or narrowing of the esophagus. Additional surgery or dilation may be required to open up the esophagus.
- Peristalsis (rhythmic wave-like motion of the esophagus) may be affected. Surgery and medication can help improve the passage of food to the stomach.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may develop. This condition can usually be managed with medication.