Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery
ENT physicians treat conditions including hearing loss, tumors, lymph nodes, speech and larynx problems, chronic sinusitis, snoring and facial traumas. They also offer the latest surgical treatments for snoring, which can cause people to develop high blood pressure, thus increasing their chances for heart disease or stroke.
An alternative to Endoscopic Sinus surgery, this procedure uses a small balloon placed into the sinus cavity using a thin catheter. The balloon is inflated, clears any blockages and restores normal sinus structure. Patients usually have this procedure under general anesthesia. Watch a video animation of this procedure.
Some of the minor complications involved with sinus surgery are formation of scar tissue and minor swelling around the eyes. Several trained surgeons perform this procedure at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Bone-Anchored Hearing Implants
This surgery installs bone conducing hearing aids for patients with conductive, unilateral or mixed hearing loss. This surgery is also an option for patients with specific hearing conditions such as chronic ear canal inflation and infection. The BAHA® implant relies on bone’s ability to transmit sound vibrations. They are seen as an alternative for those who can’t wear hearing aids behind or in their ears. This surgical option is available to children and adults.
Some of the minor risks associated with this surgery are infection and damage to the hearing units themselves.
This procedure is used to view and examine your airways, larynx and trachea. This allows physicians to diagnose airway, lung and lymph nodes problems.
Learn more about a Bronchoscopy.
Coblation Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
Unlike other Ears, Nose & Throat procedures, the coblation technique uses focused radiofrequency waves to remove tissue. Tonsillitis, chronic strep throat, earaches, and snoring problems are some of the reasons why patients may look to have their tonsils or adenoids removed.
Depending on the patient’s age, a general anesthetic or local anesthetic may be used, and the surgery may be done on an outpatient basis. In the days following a surgery patients may experience a sore throat and problems eating or drinking.
Find out more about tonsillectomies.
Endoscopic Surgery for Sinusitis
Using an endoscope inserted into the nose, surgeons are able to view the sinuses. Surgeons then use small instruments alongside the endoscope to remove small amounts of bone, blockages or growths of the mucous membrane.
Some of the minor complications involved with this surgery are formation of scar tissue and minor swelling around the eyes.