Although children are frequently susceptible to the same ear, nose and throat disorders as adults, they require special care to treat these complex conditions. Children can be affected by chronic ear infections, tonsillitis, sinusitis, allergies, voice and speech disorders and sleep apnea. Our physicians strive to provide the most effective treatment plans, while considering the comfort of our young patients and the concerns of their parents.
Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils and is recommended after recurring episodes of tonsillitis or an infection that has not improved with appropriate medical therapy. A tonsillectomy may also be performed if the enlarged tonsils interfere with normal breathing, resulting in snoring, sleep apnea or difficulty eating. On rare occasions, a tonsillectomy may be required to diagnose and treat cancer.
A tonsillectomy is more common in children than adults and is performed under general anesthesia, most often as an outpatient procedure. Very young children may require overnight hospitalization for observation.
An adenoidectomy is the surgical procedure for the removal of the adenoid tissue, located in the back of the nose and the upper part of the throat. The majority of adenoidectomies are performed in children, frequently in conjunction with tonsillectomies, and, not uncommonly, in children requiring the insertion of their second or third sets of tympanostomy tubes.
An adenoidectomy may be indicated if the adenoids become chronically infected and enlarged, resulting in nasal obstruction, snoring, recurring sinusitis or ear infections. Adenoidectomies are performed under general anesthesia, most often as an outpatient procedure.
Otology encompasses medical and surgical care of diseases that affect the ears, balance system, temporal bone, skull base and related structures of the head and neck. These include hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, infectious and inflammatory diseases of the ear, facial nerve disorders, congenital malformations of the ear, and tumors of the auditory nerve and skull base.