Ear Nose & Throat
Otolaryngology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, and head and neck disorders. A commonly used term for this specialty is ENT (ear, nose and throat).
Procedures include (but are not limited to):
Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)
Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. Tonsils are glands located on both sides of the opening to the throat) that serve as protection against infections. When the tonsils become enlarged or inflamed, they can cause infections in the throat and the ear and can obstruct breathing. Enlarged adenoids (lymphatic tissue located in the back of the throat) can also obstruct breathing and can be removed at this time (called an adenoidectomy). An ear, nose and throat surgeon (ENT) performs the operation, usually in an outpatient setting.
Ear Tube Insertion (BMT)
Ear tube insertion is a procedure to drain fluid that has built up behind a child's eardrums. The purpose of the procedure is to restore the normal functioning of the ear.
Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Rhinoplasty surgery involves repairing or reshaping the nose. Surgery may be performed to reduce or increase the size of the nose, to change the shape, to narrow the opening of the nostrils, correct a birth defect and/or injury or relieve breathing problems.
Septoplasty is an operation that corrects any problems in the wall (nasal septum) that separates the two sides of the nose.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
In endoscopic sinus surgery, an endoscope is inserted into the nose, providing the doctor with an inside view of the sinuses. Surgical instruments are inserted alongside the endoscope. This allows the doctor to remove small amounts of bone or other material blocking the sinus openings and remove growths (polyps) of the mucous membrane. In some cases a laser is used to burn away tissue blocking the sinus opening. A small rotating burr that scrapes away tissue may also be used.
Thyroid Removal Surgery (Thyroidectomy)
Thyroidectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. A thyroidectomy can be used to correct conditions such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid function), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid function), thyroid cancer, and nontoxic goiter. The surgery is performed by a surgeon while the patient is under general anesthesia. Most patients leave the hospital in one or two days after the surgery.