Our ENT surgeries help patients to hear, breathe, and sleep better.
The health and integrity of your ears, nose, and throat greatly influence the quality of your life. When one of them suffers an injury or illness, you may find living out your daily routine difficult or impossible.
Doctors can correct many of the conditions that negatively impact the ears, nose, and throat by performing any of the most common ENT surgeries available to patients today.
A tonsillectomy is one of the most commonly performed ENT surgeries in the U.S. Each year, scores of children and adults alike undergo this operation to address illnesses that afflict the tonsils.
The typical tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. During the surgery, the physician will surgically remove both tonsils, which are oval shaped pads, on either side of the throat.
The average surgery takes less than an hour, after which the patient will spend a brief time in recovery. After he or she is stable enough to be discharged, the patient can return home to rest and recuperate.
The typical recovery period for a tonsillectomy is one to two weeks. During that time, it is important that patients drink plenty of clear liquids and avoid eating foods that could injure the treated area.
A tonsillectomy is commonly performed to address chronic bacterial and viral tonsillitis. It may also be done to remove tonsils that have pus collected behind them that do not respond to antibiotics or manual draining.
The surgeon will carefully screen each patient before performing a tonsillectomy. Most patients need to experience chronic tonsil-related illnesses several times per year before they are approved to go through tonsillectomy surgery.
A tympanoplasty is the surgical repair of a hole in the eardrum. This surgery is performed on both children and adult. It is an outpatient procedure that requires patients be put under general sedation prior to the surgery starting.
A tympanoplasty is most often performed to address problems like chronic ear infections that do not get better with the use of antibiotics or home remedies. After the surgery is finished, patients may feel dizzy.
Even so, most patients can go home the same day after the surgery is complete. They may spend two to three weeks recovering during which time they may notice that their ears are sore and leaking fluid. These post-surgical symptoms are normal and disappear by the end of the second week after the surgery.
During the recovery period, it is important the patient avoid certain activities. For example, he or she should not undertake strenuous activities like heavy lifting or running. Likewise, he or she should avoid contact sports, swimming, scuba diving, or any activity that could introduce sweat or water to the ear canal.
After eight to 12 weeks have passed, patients may have their hearing retested. This testing is necessary to ensure that the eardrum has healed completely.
Septoplasty is the surgical correction of a deviated septum. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage and bone of the septum becomes displaced either because of an injury or illness or because of a congenital condition. Surgery is necessary to put the septum back in its rightful place and to correct breathing problems like snoring.
Septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and done on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s office or at a single day surgery center. After the surgery is finished, the patient’s nose will be packed with gauze and bandages. This padding must remain in place until the bleeding has stopped.
During the recovery period, which can take several weeks, it is critical that the patient avoid activities like blowing his or her nose or pulling clothing over his or her face. Both of these actions could cause injury to the nose or cause the septum to become displaced again.
Likewise, the patient should avoid strenuous activities like running and heavy lifting. Taking part in contact sports should be put off until the patient is deemed medically clear by the surgeon.
As a last precaution, the patient should sleep with his or her head elevated. Elevating the head allows the septum to heal faster and prevents drainage from traveling to the back of the throat or into the airway.
These common ENT surgeries address chronic health conditions and illnesses that plague millions of people each year. These operations are typically performed on outpatient bases and require relatively brief recovery times. They also allow people to breathe, hear, and otherwise live normally again.