Repair of Choanal Atresia
What to Expect After Surgery
After surgery, your baby should be able to breathe normally and will be able to breast-feed or bottle-feed. Newborns stay in the hospital for a few days. Older children who have surgery on one side may go home after a day or two. Health professionals will teach you how to suction your baby's nasal passages at home to keep the stents open until they can be removed. They also will have you watch for complications (such as infection or bleeding) and will tell you when to call if a problem develops.
After the stents are removed, the doctor may use a thin, lighted instrument (Reference endoscope Opens New Window) to look into the nose to make sure the airways are open.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology