I'm so glad I found this site! I am 57 yr old diagnosed with severe persistent asthma in 2007' I have been admitted yo the hospital several times through the year. Last month the doctors found after doing a bronchoscopy that i have severe extensive tracheabroncho malacia. This is collapsing of the trachea and upper airway! Only place in the country (USA) is Boston I will be leaving to meet with the surgeon April 19th.I live in Florida so my family will be traveling as well. The surgery is open chest taking 6-8 hrs with ICU stay for couple days on the ventilator. I have been a nurse for over 20 yrs and know a little too much! I have all these questions running in my head. Will I have a chest tube? Due to the work on the trachea ow long will I have problems with talking g? And having worked in ICU a bit I am a little anxious.