Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences

Document Type: Technique

Authors

1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Department of General Surgery, Fagihi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Department of Internal Medicine, Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

Abstract

Segmental resection and end-to-end anastomosis is the treatment of choice for patients suffering from tracheal stenosis for whom conservative management is not planned. A complication of this procedure is tension-induced anastomotic failure. To prevent this complication, maintaining the neck in full flexion by means of a suture between the chin and upper chest is a traditional approach. We have designed a new brace (Shiraz brace) that securely supports the neck in this position and decreases the bothersome use of the suture alone.