Patients experiencing trouble breathing may require airway stenting in order to maintain an open airway (windpipe). Treatment of primary and metastatic lung cancer often includes the use of stents to maintain an unobstructed airway. Stents are also used to treat narrowing or restriction due to benign conditions of the airways.
At NYU Medical Center, stent placement is performed in the operating room by an experienced team that includes a surgeon, anesthesiologist and nursing staff. The procedure can be performed through either rigid or flexible bronchoscopy, using either temporary (plastic) or more permanent (metal) stents.
Post-operative patients are carefully monitored by a multidisciplinary team to ensure their comfort and care.