ENT/Head & Neck Surgery
What is Otolaryngology?
Otolaryngology is a medical branch that focuses on ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems. Additionally, there are many otolaryngology subspecialties, and these include:
- Otology: Deals with hearing loss, ear inflammation and other disorders or trauma of the ear.
- Rhinology: Emphasizes sinus disorders.
- Laryngology: Focuses on vocal cord problems, hoarseness and related issues.
- Head and Neck: Involves the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer and cancer that affects the oral cavity, larynx (voice box) and pharynx (membrane-lined cavity that connects the nose and mouth to the esophagus).
Otolaryngologists may require up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training before they can provide patient diagnoses and treatments. With comprehensive training, otolaryngologists understand how to perform surgical and non-surgical procedures on delicate and complex tissues of the head and neck.
Pure Health's Otolaryngology Department has performed many routine and cutting edge surgeries including the removal of benign and malignant tumors from the tongue, vocal cords, larynx, parathyroid and thyroid glands, salivary glands, ears, eyes, and base of the skull. We have the very latest image-guidance systems for endoscopic sinus surgery procedures and nerve monitoring to make our surgical procedures safe for the patient.
What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?
Otolaryngologists offer treatments in the following areas:
- Ear: Help patients overcome hearing loss, ear infections, congenital (birth) disorders that affect the outer and inner portions of the ear and other ear disorders.
- Nose: Diagnose and treat allergies, polyps, sinusitis (inflammation of the nasal passages), smell disorders and nasal obstructions. Otolaryngologists also can perform rhinoplasty (nose job surgery).
- Throat: Address voice box diseases, along with voice and swallowing disorders.
- Head and Neck: Treat benign and malignant tumors, facial trauma and facial deformities. Otolaryngologists are trained to perform cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery, too.
Our main goal is to improve the function and aesthetics of the ear, nose, and throat. The cosmetic requirements play a vital role in the modification and reconstruction of facial deformities that have resulted from surgeries for repairing sinuses, for treating cancer, and similar conditions. For these cases, our ENT doctors will team up with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in order to provide you with the best results possible.
Pure Health has a special otolaryngology unit for outpatient surgery in the building. This unit has been created specially for the Pure Health Otolaryngology patients. It is important to us to make the recovery process as painless and comfortable for you. Procedures that demand hospitalization, or extensive post-operative treatment or care, are carried out in hospitals that are listed by the specific insurance providers of the patients. However, the Pure Health Otolaryngology Department is affiliated with Cedars Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills, CA.
Pure Health was also named one of the 100 Greatest Places To Work by Becker’s ASC Review. There are many reasons why Pure Health is on the 2013 list, including providing staff with a complete insurance package (medical, dental, and vision), a family-like atmosphere, and additional education opportunities offered.
Some of the common ENT conditions and procedures performed at Pure Health are:
- Allergies: Perform sinus evaluations and offer tips to help patients reduce their exposure to allergens.
- Deviated Septum: Treat chronic sinusitis, nasal obstructions and other issues that may cause nasal septum deviations.
- Head and Neck Tumors: Evaluate neck lumps and other potential head and neck cancer symptoms.
- Parathyroid Conditions: May remove one or more parathyroid glands to treat hyperparathyroidism (condition that causes high levels of calcium in the blood).
- Salivary gland disorders: Diagnose and treat salivary gland diseases.
- Salivary stones: Treat stones that consist of calcium salts and cause salivary gland pain and swelling.
- Sinus conditions: Treat rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane), sinusitis and other sinus issues.
- Swallowing Disorders: Address drooling, throat or chest discomfort and other swallowing disorder symptoms.
- Thyroid Conditions: Treat hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) and other thyroid problems.
- Tonsillitis: Address inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils (glands located at the back of the throat).
- Vocal Cord Disorders: Treat vocal cord dysfunction and other vocal cord problems.
- Endoscopic sinus surgery: Elimination of blockages in the sinuses.
- Nasal surgery: May involve turbinate reduction or septal deviation correction (septoplasty).
- Parathyroidectomy: Removal of one or more of the parathyroid glands
- Parotid surgery: Removal of parotid tumors from the parotid gland.
- Revision sinus surgery: Correction of sinus issues that persist following a previous sinus procedure.
- Removal of salivary gland lesions: Removal of benign or malignant salivary gland tumors.
- Septoplasty: Straightening of the nasal septum.
- Throat and vocal cord surgery: Removal of throat and vocal cord polyps.
- Tonsillectomy: Removal of the tonsils.
- Treatment of nasal bone fractures: May involve splinting or realignment of the nose.
- Treatment of laryngeal disorders: Correction of benign laryngeal tumors, vocal cord paralysis and other vocal cord problems.
- Thyroidectomy: Removal of all or a portion of the thyroid gland
- Turbinate reduction: Correction of a nasal obstruction by reducing the size of a turbinate.
Why Should I See an Otolaryngologist?
There are many reasons why an individual may schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist, such as:
- Ear infection
- Balance issues
- Nerve problems that affect the ears, nose or throat
- Swimmer’s ear (infection that affects the outer ear canal)
- Injury to the ears, nose or throat
- Hearing problems
- Pain in the ears, nose or throat
- Tinnitus (ringing or noise in the ears)
At Pure Health, our otolaryngology team includes head and neck surgery experts who can help patients who are dealing with one or more of the aforementioned issues. Our otolaryngologists dedicate the necessary time and resources to evaluate patients and learn about their ear, nose or throat symptoms. Then, our otolaryngologists can provide a personalized ENT treatment recommendation based on a patient’s symptoms.