The Role of Surgical Airway Access

  • Kerstin M. Stenson


Anesthesiologists and head and neck surgeons traditionally have embodied the phenomenon of collegial interactions, and few professional interactions are more rewarding than those that result in successful management of a patient with a difficult airway. In these situations, the difficult airway becomes a shared challenge that demands mutual trust and cooperation between otolaryngologist and anesthesiologist [1]. Pre-intubation communication is mandatory, with arrangements of intubation details and contingency plans outlined. This chapter will focus on how the head and neck surgeon can aid the anesthesiologist during the perioperative care of a patient with a challenging airway.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Endotracheal Tube Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Difficult Airway Tracheotomy Tube 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery/Section of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck SurgeryThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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