I am in Augusta, Georgia, so not far from Athens. I went to another doctor yesterday that I researched to find that yes, he does to tracheal resections but I am still very frustrated. He tried to talk me out of it and into going back to the other doctor that is arrogant and rude because "they are friends". I said, you know, I work at a local medical library and I have researched this through all of the documentation we have there and they ALL say a tracheal resection will fix it once and for all and he had to agree. He also said the other doctor has had more "practice" even though he has done them and went on to say the laser surgeries may have made it so that I can't have a tracheal resection without there being a risk of permanently losing my voice, because, he said, there are "those" people too. All I said was, "But I bet they can breathe." and he confirmed that yes, they could breathe, then hung his head and said if I didn't want to go back to the other doctor for more laser and dilations that I could go to South Carolina or Emory. I still asked what was wrong with the resection and he said this: A resection is cutting out the bad section of your windpipe, pulling out the tracheal rings, cleaning them off and then putting them back in, usually with a piece of one of my ribs used as support (because the rings are just cartilage) and so performing a resection would depend on how much tissue is undamaged and since I have subglottic stenosis, he thinks (although he was not sure) that the damage will be too close to my voicebox and he says at that point he only has about 1 centimeter to get it right or I will never be able to speak again. Is this true? Does anybody have experience with this? My friend was devastated at the thought of I guess, never hearing me talk again but I just want to breathe. I asked how he could be so sure I was in that position if he hadn't even looked at an x-ray and he said, okay then, we will do an air flow cat scan with contrast that will tell him the path my air supply takes when it goes through my trachea and we will sit down and look at it together. Then he asked why I didn't want the laser surgeries anymore, asked what they were like and what was done and if they kept me in the hospital. I said they are an outpatient surgery, they put me out with ether then they stick a laser down my throat with a circular guide and make small cuts in the scar tissue and sometimes put a balloon in my throat to expand the area and when I wake up, I sit in recovery with a sore throat for an hour, then they give me a bottle of pain killers and send me home around 1pm or 2pm. Then he asked how long the relief lasted and I said people start hearing my breathing again at around 4 months. I have the cat scan next Friday but this doctor sure seemed like he wanted to get out of it. I get the feeling no one wants to help me. What can I do?