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Ear, Nose & Throat Services

Ear Tubes

Children who suffer from repeat ear infections or fluid in the ear may benefit from ear tubes. Ear tubes are plastic inserts that are surgically placed in the eardrum under general anesthesia. The insertion of ear tubes can help allow air to enter the middle ear, allow fluid out of the ear, prevent future buildup of fluid and restore hearing.

Ear tubes are usually considered when a child has fluid in both ears for more than 3 months or has repeated ear infections. The tubes drain the ears of fluid and allow ventilation into the middle ear. Ear tubes usually stay in place for 6-12 months, at which time they fall out on their own. The tubes are usually effective in preventing ear infection and the buildup of pressure and fluid, along with prevention of hearing and speech problems, but these conditions can return after the tubes are gone.

Ear tube surgery, known as a myringotomy, involves a tiny incision in the eardrum. Any fluid in the ear is removed and the tube is then inserted. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and only takes 10-15 minutes. Most children can return to school and other activities the next day. Talk to your doctor today to find out if ear tubes are right for your child.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery, also known as sinoscopy, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses for recurring or non-responsive sinus infections.

During the procedure, a thin lighted tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the nose to let the doctor visually examine the area. Tiny surgical instruments are then inserted to remove the obstructive tissues. Endoscopic sinus surgery does not require any incision, as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and patients can go home the same day.

Most patients experience a major relief in symptoms such as facial pain and swelling, difficulty breathing and headaches. Aside from sinus problems, endoscopic sinus surgery can also treat polyps or tumors.

Septoplasty

Septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed entirely through the nostrils. Accordingly, no bruising or external signs occur. The surgery might be combined with a rhinoplasty, in which case the external appearance of the nose is altered and swelling/bruising of the face is evident. Septoplasty may also be combined with sinus surgery.

The time required for the operation averages about sixty to ninety minutes depending on the deviation. It can be done with a local or a general anesthetic, and is usually done on an outpatient basis. After the surgery, a nasal splint is inserted to prevent excessive postoperative bleeding and prevent a nasal hematoma. During the surgery, badly deviated portions of the septum may be removed entirely, or they may be readjusted and reinserted into the nose.

If a deviated nasal septum is the sole cause for your chronic sinusitis, relief from this severe disorder will be achieved.

For more information please visit the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery website.

Tonsils & Adenoids

The tonsils are two masses of tissue found on either side of the back of the throat. The adenoids are located high in the throat behind the nose and roof of the mouth. Together they form part of the ring of glandular tissue at the back of the throat. The tonsils and adenoids assist the body in defense against infection by "sampling" entering bacteria and viruses and becoming infected themselves. They then help form antibodies to resist and fight future infections. However, the tonsils and adenoids often become susceptible to recurrent bacterial infections and can even trigger airway obstruction.

Common problems affecting the tonsils and adenoids include:

  • chronic tonsillitis or persistent infection of the tonsils
  • peritonsillar abscess, a collection of pus behind the tonsils that can lead to life-threatening complications if left untreated
  • enlargement of (hypertrophic) tonsils and adenoids, which can obstruct breathing and lead to sleep irregularities, among other problems

Bacterial infections of the tonsils and adenoids can be treated with various antibiotics. Surgical removal is considered when conditions are resistant to medical therapy or frequently recur. "Frequent recurrence" is loosely defined as 6-7 episodes per year; 4-5 episodes per year for a two year period; or 3 episodes per year for a three year period. Dr. Sherrerd performs tonsillectomies using coblation technology, which gently dissolves target tissue, minimizing damage to surrounding tissue and promoting faster healing and less discomfort.

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The Latest (Allergy Season)

The winter allergy season is upon us, bringing with it the pollen, grass and mold that causes our sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes. While there are many treatments available to treat allergy symptoms, the most effective approach is to identify your specific allergens and prevent symptoms before they occur. At Family ENT, we provide comprehensive Allergy Screening and Treatments to help you through the season.