- Tonsilectomy & Adnoidectomy
- Nasal Fracture Repair
- Facial Fracture Repair
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Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the ear drum (tympanic membrane) to allow air into the middle ear. They also may be called tympanostomy tubes, myringotomy tubes, ventilation tubes, or PE (pressure equalization) tubes. These tubes can be made out of plastic, metal, or Teflon and may have a coating intended to reduce the possibility of infection. There are two basic types of ear tubes: short-term and long-term. Short-term tubes are smaller and typically stay in place for six months to a year before falling out on their own. Long-term tubes are larger and have flanges that secure them in place for a longer period of time. Long term tubes may fall out on their own, but removal by an otolaryngologist is often necessary.
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Tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. These glands are at the back of your throat. Often, tonsillectomy is done at the same time as adenoidectomy, surgery to remove the adenoid glands.
Septoplasty, also called nose alteration surgery, is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum — a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils. During septoplasty, the nasal septum is repositioned. This may require your surgeon to cut and remove parts of the septum before repositioning it in the proper position.
When planning septoplasty, your surgeon considers your features, your symptoms — such as breathing difficulties — and the physical structure of your nose.
There are three turbinates in each nasal passage. Each one protrudes from the sidewall of the nose. The lower or inferior turbinate is by far the largest of the three. Turbinates are shaped like a scroll, and act to warm, humidify and filter air before it passes on to your throat. Throughout the day, the turbinates periodically change size in a pattern known as the nasal cycle. That's why at any given time, a person can usually breathe better out of one side than the other.
Turbinoplasty is the operation performed to reduce the size of the turbinate. Usually, only the inferior turbinates need correction.
Tympanoplasty, also called eardrum repair, refers to surgery performed to reconstruct a perforated tympanic membrane (eardrum) or the small bones of the middle ear. Eardrum perforation may result from chronic infection or, less commonly, from trauma to the eardrum.
Laryngoscopy is an examination that lets your doctor look at the back of your throat, your voice box (larynx), and vocal cords with a scope (laryngoscope). There are two types of laryngoscopy, and each uses different equipment.
Indirect laryngoscopy is done in a doctor's office using a small hand mirror held at the back of the throat. Your doctor shines a light in your mouth and wears a mirror on his or her head to reflect light to the back of your throat. Some doctors now use headgear with a bright light. Indirect laryngoscopy is not done as much now because flexible laryngoscopes let your doctor see better and are more comfortable for you.
Direct fiber-optic (flexible or rigid) laryngoscopy
Direct laryngoscopy lets your doctor see deeper into your throat with a fiber-optic scope. The scope is either flexible or rigid. Flexible scopes show the throat better and are more comfortable for you. Rigid scopes are often used in surgery.
Examination of the esophagus using an esophagoscope. An esophagoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease.
Tracheostomy is a term used to describe a surgically created hole at the front of your neck going into your windpipe (trachea). The term for the surgical procedure to create a tracheostomy is "tracheotomy," but the two terms are often used interchangeably.
In rare circumstances, a tracheostomy is an emergency procedure to help you breathe when your airway is suddenly blocked or impaired, such as after a traumatic injury to your face or neck. But in most cases, tracheostomy is a planned procedure, such as when health problems require long-term use of a machine (ventilator) to help you breathe.
Most tracheostomy procedures are reversed once you regain the ability to breathe on your own. For some people, tracheostomy is permanent.
Projecting prominently from the central part of the face, it is no surprise that the nose is the most commonly broken bone on the head. A broken nose (nasal fracture) can significantly alter your appearance. It can also make it much harder to breathe through the nose. This type of surgery is considered reconstructive plastic surgery, as its goal is to restore your appearance to the way it was prior to injury.
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A fracture is a broken bone and a facial fracture refers to any injury that results in a broken bone or bones of the face.
In the U.S., about three million people are treated in emergency departments for facial trauma injuries each year. Of the pediatric patients, five percent have suffered facial fractures. In children less than three years old, the primary cause of these fractures is falls. In children more than five years old the primary cause for facial trauma is motor vehicle accidents.
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