At ENT & Sleep Specialists, our team has extensive experience performing procedures that involve the ear, nose, and throat.
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
If you have frequent infections and enlarged tonsils and adenoids, an ENT specialist may recommend removing them. This is done during a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy.
When the tissue around the back of the mouth, including the uvula, soft palate, and tongue, blocks the airway, you can reduce it by having a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
With a deviated septum, you can have one nostril blocked, making it harder to breathe. A septoplasty corrects deviated septums.
Inferior Turbinate Reduction
Nasal turbinates are long structures in the nose that moisten air as it goes through the nose. Issues with the turbinates cause nosebleeds and trouble breathing.
You may need an inferior turbinate reduction surgery to remove tissue from the nasal turbinates.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Blockages in the sinuses can cause infection and sinusitis. Endoscopic sinus surgery drains the sinuses of mucus blocking sinuses.
The thyroid is a gland in the throat that regulates hormones. It’s associated with several diseases, including hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, and nodules. A thyroidectomy removes part or all of the thyroid to treat these conditions.
Parotid glands produce saliva and can develop tumors. A parotidectomy partially or entirely removes the glands, which eliminates tumors.
Hyperparathyroidism is a condition where the parathyroid glands, which surround the thyroid, become enlarged. The only effective treatment is to have them removed during a parathyroidectomy.
Cancer can spread to the lymph nodes. If this happens to the lymph nodes in the neck, a neck dissection is the best method of removing the cancerous tissue.
The affected lymph nodes and surrounding tissue are removed to stop cancer from spreading further.
Cervical Lymph Node Biopsy
Since cancer frequently spreads to the lymph nodes, patients can receive a diagnosis by examining tissue from the lymph nodes. A biopsy removes this tissue.
A cervical biopsy involves removing tissue from cervical lymph nodes.
A lip biopsy removes several small salivary glands that line the inside of the lower lip. Examining these glands can identify several diseases, including Sjogren’s syndrome and lymphoma.
Biopsy/Excision of Cutaneous Lesions of the Head and Neck
You can have abnormal lesions on the head and neck removed for aesthetic reasons, but the tissue is also examined for melanoma.
A microlaryngoscopy is a diagnostic procedure. A device called a laryngoscope is inserted through the mouth to examine the larynx for signs of cysts, polyps, nodules, and cancer.
Endoscopic Zenker’s Diverticulectomy
Zenker’s diverticulum is a pouch in the back of the mouth. It can become enlarged and get food stuck in it.
Endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy is a minimally invasive method of closing the pouch.
Excision of Oral Cavity Lesions and Cancers
You may have abnormal growths and lesions in the mouth removed surgically. Often, the tissue that’s removed is examined for signs of cancer.
If you have a perforated eardrum, you can undergo a tympanoplasty to repair it. Perforated eardrums are especially common in children.
Myringotomy and Tympanostomy Tube Placement
Myringotomies and a tympanostomy tube placement will drain fluid from the middle ear. A myringotomy drains the fluid through an incision, while a tympanostomy does the same, but it places a tube in the incision to assist drainage.
Skin grafts work by taking skin from one part of the body to use on another part of it. You can use grafts on the face and neck to eliminate scars caused by skin cancer and other growths.
Local Skin Flap for Reconstruction
Like a skin graft, a skin flap can also reconstruct removed skin. The difference is, the skin is taken from the surrounding area and left partially attached, making a flap. This method accelerates healing because the skin has a blood supply.
Looking for information about any of the surgical procedures listed? Request an appointment at ENT & Sleep Specialists in Greenbelt, MD, now!