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Pediatric Tracheostomy Clinic


Caring for a child who has undergone a tracheostomy can be a daunting task for any parent or caregiver. Children’s Health℠ offers a comprehensive approach to help you and your child. The tracheostomy team includes ENT physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists specially trained with more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of pediatric tracheostomy care.

Why Children's Health℠?

Children’s Health is the only academic health care facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children. We have the largest group of pediatric ENT specialists in North Texas, and they are experts in treating kids with ENT disorders. Our first-class ENT care is backed by fellowship-trained UT Southwestern doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses and support staff.

Our patients benefit from leading-edge medical science, more specialists with deeper clinical interests, a nationally respected program and a setting where everything from the elevators to the exam rooms is designed with children in mind.

What is a Tracheotomy

A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that involves creating a hole in the patient's neck and trachea (windpipe) to help the patient breathe. A tube is usually placed through this opening to provide an airway and to remove secretions from the lungs. It is generally temporary but some patient's may need one long term, or even permanently.

A tracheotomy may be done if your child has an object blocking her airway or if he he is unable to breathe on his own. It is also performed on children who have had severe injuries to the neck or mouth or who have had previous surgery on the larynx.

Evaluation & Treatment

The Pediatric Tracheostomy Clinic provides evaluation and surgical treatment for patients with salivary control disorders, commonly known as drooling. This disorder often affects children with cerebral palsy and other neurologic disorders.  It also can negatively impact children and families' lives and, in some cases, results in recurrent pneumonias and hospitalizations. Dr. Johnson can provide both medical and surgical therapy for this complex problem as well.

Excellent Care

Dr. Romaine Johnson has relationships with local and regional pediatric pulmonologists, which helps coordinate patient care. He also serves as the primary care doctor for tracheostomy-related problems including ensuring appropriate durable medical equipment (DME) needs are met and determining the day the tracheostomy tube can be removed. On the day that the tracheostomy tube can be removed, Dr. Johnson helps make the transition to life without a tracheostomy as smooth and safe as possible.