BAPO Specialty Keynote: Paediatric Airway

Session 9
BAPO Specialty Keynote: Paediatric airway – surgery, registries and experience
Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.45-13.15

The BAPO keynote session offers the best international opinions on open airway surgery, the latest updates in databases for endoscopic intervention and will be enhanced by a patient experience session and a panel discussion.   The keynote presentation will feature discussion of the principles and practice of the cricotracheal resection procedure.   This will be complemented by a talk on laryngotracheal reconstruction.  The educational content in both these lectures can be enhanced by the cadaveric dissection session based around these procedures performed by the same presenters (Thursday 1515-1615).  The Airway Intervention Registry will be presented.  Results from balloon dilation of airway stenosis will be shared, and the respiratory papillomatosis component of the database will be launched.

Key learning points

  • Understand the indication and principles of open airway procedures
  • Be aware of results of balloon dilation for airway stenosis
  • Have and understanding of the aims and objectives of the respiratory papillomatosis database
  • Appreciate the impact that airway problems have on our patients

From the session chair

Much of my time and energy over the last 30 years has been dedicated to treating all forms paediatric airway problems and this session brings together some of the best opinions in the field, and some ideas that will lay the foundations for future improvements by collecting data prospectively.

Teaching has been a lifelong passion which still takes up a good proportion of my day, but we can all learn, not only from our colleagues but also from our trainees who challenge accepted practice. Perhaps the best teachers are our patients, but for that we have to learn to listen and at the end of this session you will hear from a remarkable young lady and her mother about what our ‘treatment’ really involves.

Chair: Mr Mike Rothera, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester, UK


Cricotracheal resection for subglottic stenosis
Mr Kishore Sandu, Chief, Airway Sector, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

Cartilage graft expansion of the airway
Mr Ben Hartley, Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK

Airway intervention registry
Balloon dilation

Mr Steven Powell
, Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Great North Children’s Hospital and Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne
Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
Mr Adam Donne

Patient Experience: Parent of child with tracheostomy

Panel discussion