Otolaryngology is a medical specialty that addresses conditions of the ear, nose, and throat. Specialists in this area receive training in both surgery as well as medicine. As otolaryngology involves the ears, nose, and throat, these specialists are called ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors.
The scope of the areas of treatment for ENT doctors is the ear, nose, throat, sinuses, and larynx. Physicians can only treat conditions in these areas and structures medically. However, ENT doctors can also perform surgical procedures on these structures, if necessary.
The patient will require surgery when non-surgical treatments and medications fail to treat the condition. ENT surgical procedures may also be used to treat deformities and injuries related to the ear, nose and throat. Double board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, provides ENT surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities.
ENT experts can address the following conditions among others:
- Ear infections
- Speech and swallowing disorders
- Head and neck pain
- Various sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
ENT physicians can perform these specific types of procedures:
- Tonsil removal
- Sinus surgery
- Corrective breathing surgery
- Snoring/sleep disorder surgery
Sinus surgery may be the only solution when therapeutics cannot address chronic sinus infections. During the procedure, the surgeon makes the sinus openings larger so that the sinuses can drain better. This surgery enhances the functionality of sinuses which decreases the chances of infections.
Sinus surgical procedures are minimally invasive. This surgery is frequently performed as an outpatient procedure. The accumulation of fluid is a frequent reason behind chronic infections and may lead to hearing problems.
Head and Neck Procedures
Head and neck malignancies such as oral, larynx, and temporal bone cancers may warrant ENT surgery. The procedure may involve micro-blood vessel or reconstructive surgery.
A direct laryngoscopy can be surgical or diagnostic. The surgeon will use a scope to investigate or operate on the larynx. This surgery is meant for patients with vocal cord problems or patients experiencing narrowed airways due to abnormalities such as tumors.
The surgeon may perform a tracheotomy if the patient is suffering from breathing problems. The ENT surgeon will make an opening in the windpipe to enable air to reach the lungs. ENT surgeons can also perform procedures to straighten the nasal septum. This is the structure that divides the nasal cavity into two parts.
The septum comprises fine bone and cartilage. Abnormalities in the septum such as a deviated septum may compromise a person’s breathing ability. A surgery known as septoplasty can best treat this medical condition. The ENT surgeon may cut and remove parts of the septum. Subsequently, they are appropriately repositioned.
Other surgical procedures include tonsillectomy (eliminating the tonsils) and adenoidectomy (eliminating the adenoids). These procedures are often used to treat pediatric patients. These surgical procedures are typically recommended in instances of chronic infection or inflammation.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in this region of the country for ENT surgery.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA.
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