Jackson had surgery this morning and it went well. He had two scopes put down his throat to look at his airway and his lungs and a surgeon placed a g tube in his tummy.
The scopes revealed that he is aspirating and something in his airway (I forget the name) has a deep groove in it, which may allow food and liquids into his airway. The recommendations are (1) to stop feeding by mouth and only use the g tube for now and (2) have another surgery to fix the groove, which may help close up a gap so that food and liquids don’t get into his airway.
Jackson was upset/ in pain after surgery but received pain meds and is now sleeping peacefully. His tummy gets to rest today and we will begin using the g tube tomorrow.
Overall, everything went well. However, it’s a little disheartening to learn that he’s been aspirating more than we thought; but I have to remember that we are doing these things to keep him healthy.
Pre-op belly pic: