Some ENT problems require surgical intervention. The good news is that minimally invasive surgical options can have significant benefits for patients, including a shorter surgery with a faster recovery, less post-operative pain, and few, if any, scars.
Surgical treatments related to the ear.
- Acoustic Neuroma Removal
- Balloon dilation of eustachian tube
- Cochlear and Baha implants
- Earlobe deformity repair, keloids excision and steroid injections, otoplasty (ear pinning)
- Myringotomy, myringoplasty
- Pressure Equalization Tubes
Surgical treatments related to the nose.
- Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) in the clinic or OR
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
- Latera Implant
- Nasal septal reconstruction/ Septoplasty, cosmetic rhinoplasty, functional rhinoplasty
- Turbinate reduction
Surgical treatments related to the throat.
- CPAP therapy and surgical intervention to treat obstructive sleep apnea
- Esophageal, tracheal, and airway dilation
- Larynx reconstruction, laryngectomy, laryngotracheoplasty
- Neck biopsy and mass excision
- Thyroidectomy and Parathyroidectomy
- Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
- Transoral laser microsugery
- Transoral robotic surgery for obstructing sleep apnea
- Zenker's diverticulum surgery
Surgical treatments for facial paralysis.
- Botox injections for hemifacial spasm
- Eyelid weight insertion, canthopexy
- Facial neurectomy
- Facial reanimation
- Facial nerve grafting and transfers
- Muscle transfer
- Static tissue repositioning
Surgical options for ear, nose, or throat cancer.
- Head and neck reconstructive surgery
- Melanoma excision/removal
- Micro-vascular flap surgery and reconstruction
- Minimally-invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy
- Mohs wound closures, skin cancer reconstruction
- Oral mass excision and reconstruction
- Sino-nasal tumor removal and reconstruction
Surgical options for cosmetic augmentation.
- Brow lift
- Cheek augmentation
- Chin lift, neck lift, and neck liposuction
- Chin and mandible implants
- Upper and lower blephoroplasty, canthopexy
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Functional Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery to improve breathing)
A functional rhinoplasty is preformed to allow for better breathing due to a distortion of the nose from injury or other trauma.
Before receiving a functional rhinoplasty, our providers perform an in-depth analysis of your nose, from frontal, profile, base, and oblique views. They will discuss how changes to different areas of your nose may affect the contour and breathing functionality of the nose. With proper analysis, realistic patient expectations and the skills of a qualified facial plastic surgeon, functional rhinoplasty is a very successful procedure in the vast majority of patients.
What is a rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty is an operation to improve the appearance and/or function of the nose. Rhinoplasty involves surgical incisions in the nose and nostril area.
In some cases, cartilage from the ear is necessary to help rebuild the nose. When this is necessary, surgical cuts in the outer part of the ear are also required. Generally, this type of plastic surgery of the nose is not an emergency, but it may help improve and/or protect your physical health by helping you to breath more easily. Although complications and unsatisfactory results do rarely occur, in the vast majority of patients, the desired surgical result is readily achieved.
Laryngoscopy is a procedure used to look at the back of the throat, vocal cords, and voice box (larynx). It is done using a small mirror, a flexible tube with a camera at the end (laryngoscope), or both. Laryngoscopy may be done to remove a piece of throat tissue for lab testing (biopsy) or to see an area of the throat more clearly.
The results from the laryngoscopy may determine why you have:
- A cough
- Voice changes, such as hoarseness
- Throat pain
- Ear pain
- Abnormal growths in the throat
- Problems swallowing or breathing
Intervention to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Working closely with sleep disorders specialists, our ENT surgeons can treat obstructive sleep apnea by removing some of the tissue that is obstructing the patient's airway. TThese surgical procedures include uvuloplasty, glossectomy, and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can help people breathe better while sleeping.
Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery
Our facial reconstructive surgeons are recognized experts in repairing complex defects from cancer and trauma, and our cosmetic surgeons offer the full spectrum of facial procedures. We rely on the latest techniques in the field, including microvascular surgery, where we use tissue from other body areas to correct deficits in the head and neck.
A septoplasty is a surgery to enhance the function of the nose, specifically the septum. Septoplasty surgery can be done through incisions inside the nose, which means there are no external cuts or scares on the face. However, depending on the severity of the problem, sometime septoplasty surgery requires an external incision between the nostrils.
The nasal septum is made up of bone and cartilage, lined with mucous membranes. This structure separates the two nasal passages, providing structural support to the outside of the nose, and improving airflow dynamics inside the nose. A deviated septum can cause and combination of the following issues:
- direct physical obstruction of the nasal passages causing difficulty breathing
- obstruction of the sinus openings resulting in decreased drainage and ventilation of the sinuses and propensity to sinus infections
- irritation of the nasal lining resulting in intermittent nose bleeding and/or chronically runny nose
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgeries to remove tissues in the mouth and throat called the tonsils and adenoids. These surgeries may be done separately. Often, they are done at the same time in a surgery called adenotonsillectomy. Tonsils and adenoids normally work to protect the body from infection. This procedure may be done if these tissues repeatedly become enlarged or infected and if other treatments are not effective.
Tonsils are lymphoid tissue that are located in the throat, one on either side of the base of your tongue. They produce certain types of disease-fighting properties and are your body’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses that enter your mouth.
Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, which may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Persistent infections may cause swollen neck lymph nodes, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and tonsilliths.
Tonsilliths, or tonsil stones, are collections of food particles that get trapped in the crevices within your tonsils. Occasionally, the stones can be removed by manual manipulation, including salt water gargles. Tonsilliths may eventually resolve, but definitive treatment is a tonsillectomy.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be caused by enlarged tonsils, which make it difficult for you to breathe in the recumbent position. If your OSA is caused by enlarged tonsils, you may be a candidate for their surgical removal.
Turbinate reduction surgery is a procedure to enhance the function of the nose, specifically the turbinate bones.
The turbinates are shelf-like bones located on the outer wall on each side of the nasal cavity. These are covered by mucous membranes. They warm, moisten, and filter the air as it passes through the nose on the way to the lungs. Turbinates normally swell and contract as they filter air. When turbinates remain swollen, they can cause chronic nasal congestion. Occasionally, this is able to be overcome with the use of a topical medicated spray, which you may be offered prior to discussing your candidacy for this surgery.