Patients review


Malena had undergone an extensive thoracic surgery for a congenital lung malformation at 6 months of age. She had a tracheostomy immediately after the surgery, followed by development of severe grade of subglottic stenosis.

She underwent a cricotracheal resection with excision of 6 tracheal rings, the subglottis and the tracheostomy – all in a single operation.

The Weibel family seen 3 months later during the check endoscopy which showed complete healing of the operation site.

Here, we see Malena enjoying the snow with her elder sister two and half months after the surgery at the Lausanne University Hospital.


Annette Parrat, 55 years, was diagnosed to have moderate degree of idiopathic subglottic stenosis. She used to get tired walking just a small distance. It was getting impossible for her to carry-on with daily day to day household work.

She underwent a single-stage cricotracheal resection. She now leads a normal life and loves hiking up the mountains and skiing.


Aron Demaj suffered from feeding difficulties and severe inspiratory stridor. He was diagnosed to have severe laryngomalacia (grade II) and underwent a laser treatment.

Here, he is seen 3 months after the surgery with his twin brother and parents. Today, he feeds well, has gained weight and has no breathing problems.


Benthe was born premature at 28 weeks at a birthweight of 750 grams. She received a tracheotomy at 3 months of age as repeated intubations had caused severe stenosis (grade IV) and damage to the vocal cords, leaving her unable to breathe or speak.

At the age of almost 2 years old, she underwent a 2-stage cricotracheal resection (EPCTR) including vocal cord corrections, with 3 surgeries over a total period of 6 months at the CHUV in Lausanne. A few days after removal of the trachea canula she whispered her first words!

She is a happy 3.5 year old (picture) able to speak, eat, drink and play like any other healthy child of her age.


Leon is a 6 year old boy from Slovenia who had tracheostomy in early months of his life. 

He had a complex lung condition and a deep laryngotracheal cleft. 
He underwent surgery for his cleft in Lausanne and following its success the tracheostomy was subsequently closed.

Here, we see Leon with his parents who had tears of joy in their eyes to see him without the cannula.The surgery completely changed their quality of life.



Matilde, a 2-year old girl was referred from Portugal to our institution. She is a case of Pierre Robin sequence and had a tracheostomy when she was 19 days old for severe grade IV subglottic stenosis. Ever since, she had several episodes of hospitalizations for multi-resistant lung infections. Arriving into our hospital, she had a tracheostomy and produced no voice. Matilde underwent a cricotracheal resection at the CHUV Lausanne and now leads a normal life - without a tracheostomy, eats and drinks and plays normally and has a communicable voice. 


Zacharria is a 3-years-old boy living in Helsinki, Finland. Suffering from birth bilateral paralysis of the vocal cords, he must live with a tracheostomy to breathe. He can not do without air breathing. In 2016, an operation at the University Hospital of Lausanne allowes him to remove the cannula and since then he has been living without tracheotomy. He enjoys each moment of this new life with his little sister.


 Last updated on 03/03/2020 at 10:45