Appointment FAQs

You can contact Ashley Chapman (Clinic Coordinator) at  205-638-3447 to make an appointment with the Aerodigestive Program. She will work with you to coordinate the treatment plan and assist you throughout your child's treatment.

Q: What should I bring to my Aerodigestive Clinic appointment?
A: Please bring any relevant clinical information with you that will help us provide your child with the best possible care. These may include x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, pathology studies, operating room notes or doctor notes from earlier medical visits your child may have had.

Q: What happens during the appointment?
A: Your child will meet with pediatric pulmonary and GI specialists who have reviewed the medical history and will discuss the plan of care with you. Additional testing (chest x-rays, pulmonary function test, swallowing studies) may also be coordinated on the same day.

Q: What happens after the appointment?
A: The team meets to discuss its findings and a member of the Aerodigestive Center team will contact you to provide information about diagnosis and treatment options.

Q: What is a Triple Endoscopy or “Triple Scope”?
A: The physicians may determine that your child needs further, more extensive, assessment of their symptoms. The team will then refer your child for a triple endoscopy (Direct Laryngoscopy Bronchoscopy, Flexible Bronchoscopy and Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) which is performed under general anesthesia, by an ENT surgeon, Pulmonologist, and Gastroenterologist in an operating room setting.

Q: An Endoscope? What exactly is that?
A: An endoscope is a medical device consisting of a long, thin, flexible (or rigid) tube which has a light and a video camera. Images of the inside of the patient's body can be seen on a screen. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure. It is used to examine the interior surfaces of an organ or tissue.

Q:If my child needs a triple scope what happens next?
A: After the procedure, the team will discuss the findings and will determine what course of action needs to be taken.

Q: I’m nervous about my child being under anesthesia for a long time, would it be better to have the scopes on different days?
A: Typically the triple scope only lasts an hour to an hour and a half, and we started combining the scopes onto one day to decrease the number of times a child has to go under anesthesia for procedures. It is better on the child and the family to only have one procedure rather than numerous procedures.

Q: How long will my child be hospitalized?
A: Typically the “triple scope” procedure is an Outpatient Surgery. There are some exceptions to this that can be discussed in further detail if a triple scope is deemed appropriate for your child.