External fixation of proximal tracheal airway stents: a modified technique

Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Jun;93(6):e167-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.01.094.


Treatment of subglottic and proximal tracheal stenosis for nonsurgical candidates includes tracheostomy, Montgomery T tubes, and silicone stents. When used in lesions with concomitant malacia, silicone stents have a high incidence of migration. We describe a simple and effective technique of securing endoluminal stents using an Endo Close suturing device (Coviden, Boston, MA) and an external silicone button in 9 consecutive patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bronchoscopy / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Silicones*
  • Stents*
  • Suture Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Tracheal Stenosis / surgery*
  • Tracheotomy / instrumentation*


  • Silicones