The Aerodigestive Program at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children provides coordinated and comprehensive care for kids with problematic respiratory and gastrointestinal issues that may affect the way they breathe, swallow, or digest food. Our team of specialists includes otolaryngology, pulmonology, gastroenterology and speech/feeding therapy. Our multiprofessional team approach is a value to patients and primary care providers as coordinated, standardized care has been shown to: decrease adverse events and readmission rates; reduce exposure to anesthesia; decrease caregiver burden, and increase overall patient satisfaction.

Our aerodigestive team has the expert experience required to treat a wide-range of rare and common disorders resulting from congenital, developmental or acute/traumatic injury to the upper airway, lungs or gastrointestinal tract. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Airway Anomalies/Pulmonary Disease Secondary to Genetic Syndromes
  • Airway Stenosis
  • Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
  • Aspiration
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Cough
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Dysphagia
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Gastrostomy Dependence
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Laryngeal Cleft
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Noisy Breathing
  • Oral Aversion
  • Recurrent GI or Airway Infection
  • Stridor and/or Recurrent Croup
  • TEE and/or Esophageal Atresia
  • Tracheobronchomalacia
  • Tracheostomy Dependence
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Fold Paralysis/Immobility
  • Wheezing

Children are initially evaluated during a clinic visit where an interdisciplinary diagnosis and therapeutic treatment strategy is developed by our multiprofessional team. If needed, additional testing along with a combined evaluation with all three specialists in the operating room will be recommended. If surgery is required, our patients will follow up in our clinic by all three specialists where clinical findings and a next step treatment plan are thoroughly reviewed with the family/caregivers.

Irrespective of treatment pathway, communication is key with all involved providers. We encourage participation from referring providers, and if surgery is required, we welcome referring providers to observe.