Endoscopic Airway Surgery

Endoscopic Airway Surgery

Balloon dilation: A balloon is inserted through the mouth into the windpipe narrowing (called stenosis) and then inflated to dilate it open. This is sometimes combined with laser treatment of scar tissue. Medications to prevent scar reformation can also be applied during this procedure. 

Steroid injection:  Steroids can be injected into the narrowed windpipe to control scar formation usually without causing any of the known side effects of steroids. In many cases, injections of the stenosis can be done in the office. Autoimmune or idiopathic subglottic stenosis often responds very well to this therapy so that patients can often avoid having to go to the operating room.  

Endoscopic repair of posterior glottic stenosis:​ Some strictures around the vocal folds can be exclusively managed endoscopically by performing complex surgical techniques along with applying medication to the affected area to reduce scar tissue.  Dr. Weidenbecher has developed an endoscopic technique that allows some patients to regain vocal cord function and safely eliminate the need for a tracheostomy. 

Click here to see a video of one of Dr. Weidenbecher's patients

Endoscopic airway Publication - 3
endoscopci airway fig 1

Normal windpipe

endosocpci airway fig 2

Intubation injury from a breathing tube is the most common cause for scar tissue to develop along the vocal fold joints and the windpipe. The green arrows show the severely limited airway. In many cases, a procedure performed through the mouth (endoscopic) using a combination of laser, balloon, and steroids, can be successful in reversing the narrowing.


Such a good Dr. He finds the problem and gives details on correcting the problem and suggests the routine to get rid of the problem. He will not recommend a surgeon if you don’t need it.

Call the best.  He tweaked my vocal cords and my voice is now exactly where I want it.

Dr. Mark is the best.

He has taken the time to diagnose and understand my husband's health problem. We are grateful for his help.

He is very compassionate, caring, and thorough.

Very knowledgeable, very professional, and always asked if I had any questions. Willing to go the extra mile. I have been seeing him for 7 years and I would recommend him to anyone who needed an ENT.

Excellent Doctor

My doctor is very compassionate to all his patients. I witness this every time I come. I hear how he talks to his staff and interns. A Great mentor. I look for these things in knowing whose hands my care is in. Dr. Mark Shows empathy and he LISTENS, whereas some don't take the time to understand let alone touch the abnormal lumps and nodules, they rush you out to get a pay check. I look for these things. Dr. Mark is excellent in his profession and very knowledgeable in his practice. I trust his medical decisions, and plan of care for treatments. Thank you Dr. Mark Weidenbecher

Very caring Provider. He is the best sleep surgeon in Ohio.

I have had a good experience with Dr. Weidenbecher since he previously did surgery on me. He is very knowledgeable and I would recommend him.

Very knowledgeable Dr. Great with patients and knows his field well

Very nice experience. He answered questions and explained things. Set up a plan of care to address health issues and worked out perfect.

Dr. Weidenbecher was very professional. He explained everything thoroughly. I did not feel rushed with my appointment. I would recommend him to my family and friends.

Very helpful and easy to work with

He takes great care and concern for his patients. Very professional and has a great personality.

This provider is very sincere, dedicated & caring. He wants to help resolve whatever health issue you might have and listens well.

Thorough, compassionate.

He is very thorough. I trust him. I did my surgery and I was so happy with the results.

Dr. Weidenbecher is very thoughtful, informative, and personable

The physician personally called me to discuss the findings on my latest CT Scan and recommended holding off on surgery until further testing.

Always treats me with so much respect and is on time.

Just excellent. No other words.

Don’t look anywhere else. Highly skilled surgeon. I felt so comfortable.



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