Sinus infections affect millions of Americans each year.
Otolaryngology is the medical specialty that concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of the head and neck, most commonly the ears, nose, and throat. Referred to as ENT, ear nose and throat conditions include a number of diagnoses from sinusitis and allergic rhinitis, to polyps and nasal fracture.
The Ear, Nose, & Throat department specializes in the following surgical procedures:
- Allergy Testing - This medical exam determines what a patient is allergic using blood or skin tests. Blood tests are much less common than skin tests, but they can be used to find out what may be causing a patient's allergic reaction. Skin tests are generally preferred when investigating skin and nasal allergies because they are fast, reliable, and often less expensive than blood tests. During a skin test, a small amount of a suspected allergen is placed on or below the skin to test possible skin reactions. There are different kinds of skin tests; they include skin prick tests, intradermal tests, and skin patch tests.
- Rhinoplasty - Also known as a nose job, a rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that reshapes the nose and/or corrects underlying structural defects that can cause breathing problems. Many of the patients who work with the surgeons at Specialty Surgical Center undergo rhinoplasties to correct a deviated septum, a common ailment that causes the sideways displacement of the wall between the nostrils. Symptoms of a deviated septum include difficulty breathing, congestion, frequent nosebleeds, noisy breathing while sleeping, etc. A patient may opt for a rhinoplasty if they are self-conscious about the overall appearance of their nose. In these instances, the patient would be undergoing an elective surgery and having a rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons.
- Tonsillectomy - This surgical procedure removes a patient’s tonsils from either side of their pharynx to prevent the development or recurrence of tonsillitis. A tonsillectomy may also be performed on patients who suffer from sleep apnea, obstructive breathing, and frequent bouts of strep throat. There are several ways a Specialty Surgical Center (SSC) physician may remove the tonsils: cold knife (steel) dissection, cauterization, or ultrasonic vibration. Regardless of the surgical method, all patients undergoing a tonsillectomy must receive general anesthesia before the procedure, which means they will be asleep throughout their tonsillectomy. Because this is an outpatient procedure, patients will return home the same day.
- Tracheotomy - This minimally invasive procedure creates a hole in the front of the neck to ensure access to the trachea, which is informally known as the windpipe. A patient may require a tracheotomy if he or she suffers from impaired or obstructed breathing, requiring the long-term use of a ventilator. Not all patients require the permanent use of tracheostomy, so patients can rest assured knowing their tracheostomy can be surgically closed shut. A tracheotomy is not usually an outpatient procedure; meaning, patients may need to spend several days at Specialty Surgical Center to ensure the body heals properly after the procedure.