Otolaryngological surgeons (ENTs) at OSC are specialized in advanced treatments of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat. Our minimally invasive procedures range from stapedectomy (for hearing loss) to plastic surgery, and our experienced surgeons use cutting edge techniques to examine and treat conditions ranging from vocal tumors to allergies. Each procedure’s minimally-invasive design is the result of years of research and expertise, to deliver the highest quality medical care without the side effects and recovery times of open, more invasive surgeries.
Types of Procedures:
Most ear surgeries are performed to treat hearing disorders. They are often performed with the help of an operating microscope, and by making a small incision in the ear canal. One of the most common procedures is stapedectomy, which is usually performed to replace a fixed stapes bone (located in the middle ear) with a mobile, micro prosthetic device. If the eardrum needs to be reconstructed due to perforation, a tympanoplasty may be performed to fill in holes in the ear tissue with a graft. For other severe cases, your doctor may recommend cochlear implant surgery (in which an electronic device is implanted into the middle ear to send sound signals to the brain).
Nose surgery can involve the use of an endoscope (a small surgical camera) and can be performed to correct sinus problems, bone deformities, or obstruction of airflow due to inflammation. In an endoscopic sinus surgery, the passage linking the sinuses to the nose is opened, allowing for better drainage from the sinuses. In a septoplasty, the cartilage and bone of the nose are reshaped to fix a deviated septum (broken or deformed nose) and/or open up air passages for better breathing. In a turbinectomy, obstructive turbinates (small bones located in the nose) are wholly or partly removed to clear the nasal passage.
Throat surgery is commonly performed to treat cases of damaged nerves or tissue, abnormal tissue growths, and issues resulting in difficulty eating and breathing. A tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy are procedures to remove inflamed tonsils (two small masses located at the back of the throat) and/or adenoids (glands located in the nasal cavity). This removal is done by accessing the throat through the mouth. The procedures can help open up the air passage if the inflammation was obstructive, and/or cure a sore and painful throat.
Another common surgery is surgery of the thyroid (a gland located in the throat that helps regulate functions such as body temperature). An endoscopic thyroidectomy (in which a small incision is made over the throat so that a small surgical camera can examine the inflammation or damage) is used to investigate and treat benign masses, and symptoms like difficulty swallowing and breathing.
Common ENT Conditions:
• Ear Infection
• Gastric Reflux
• Hearing and Balance Disorders
• Voice and Swallowing Disorders
Common ENT Procedures:
• Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty