Some pediatric ENT patients may require surgery. Occasionally, ear tubes are surgically inserted due to recurrent ear infections or the inability to clear fluid behind the middle ear. This procedure is the most commonly performed ear operation.
Adenotonsillectomy is the removal of adenoids and tonsils. However, the doctor may recommend doing one or the other procedure independently. Removal of the adenoids and/or tonsils is most commonly performed to relieve sleep apnea or chronic tonsillitis.
Cleft surgery may be the initial intervention for a cleft lip or cleft palate. However, if the patient has had previous work done it may be a revision of the initial surgery.
Tympanoplasty is a surgical rebuilding of the tympanic membrane and/or middle ear bones.
Mastoidectomy is an operation to remove disease from behind the ear when medical management is inadequate.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is performed through an intranasal approach and is CT guided. This is only performed after comprehensive medical management has been unsuccessful.
Airway endoscopy allows the surgeon to look directly through the mouth at the complete airway without making an incision. Frequently, laser treatment, surgical repair or dilation is done during this procedure.
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices placed under the skin in the temporal lobe area with electrodes inserted into the cochlea. In addition to the implants, the patient wears a speech processor. Cochlear implants benefit patients that are profoundly deaf and cannot be helped with conventional amplification.
Surgical procedures frequently remove head and neck masses such as thyroglossal duct cysts, branchial cleft cysts, dermoids, lymphatic and vascular malformations.
Surgical interventions due to head and neck cancer, are usually done in conjunction with Hematology/Oncology.
Trauma, such as broken noses and multiple facial fractures, often involve surgical intervention. Also, lacerations can require surgical repair, depending on the child and the severity of the trauma.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to correct protruding ears.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical correction of the nose which is most commonly performed in children due to obstructed breathing secondary to a congenital defect or trauma.