An adenoidectomy is performed for chronic adenoid infections or for an enlarged adenoid causing nasal obstruction and/or snoring. We use a microdebrider technique in most cases. This sucking, cutting device is very accurate and is used through the mouth to remove the adenoid. This technique minimizes bleeding and cuts down on the time spent in the operating room.
An adenoidectomy is generally not at all painful and patients are back to normal at the end of the day of the surgery. They can usually Read more […]
Although many people feel that tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) are not performed, anymore this is not true. T&A is still indicated for frequent tonsillitis/adenoiditis occurring frequently or for tonsil and adenoid enlargement causing nasal congestion, snoring and sleep apnea. The results of T&A are often swift and dramatic.
We use an electrocautery technique used by most university hospitals to remove the tonsils. This technique minimizes bleeding and cuts down on the time spent Read more […]
Where Are Your Salivary Glands?
The glands are found in and around your mouth and throat. We call the major salivary glands the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands.
They all secrete saliva into your mouth, the parotid through tubes that drain saliva, called salivary ducts, near your upper teeth, submandibular under your tongue, and the sublingual through many ducts in the floor of your mouth.
Besides these glands, there are many tiny glands called minor salivary glands located in Read more […]
Hoarseness is a general term that describes abnormal voice changes. When hoarse, the voice may sound breathy, raspy, strained, or there may be changes in volume (loudness) or pitch (how high or low the voice is). The changes in sound are usually due to disorders related to the vocal cords that are the sound producing parts of the voice box (larynx). While breathing, the vocal cords remain apart. When speaking or singing, they come together, and as air leaves the lungs, they vibrate, producing Read more […]
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) laryngitis is a disorder in which the acidic contents of your stomach are regurgitating back from your stomach to your throat. This can result in an acid burn in the voice box, throat, and tongue. Symptoms include bad breath, hoarseness, chronic cough, the sensation of something caught in your throat, or a sore throat. It is usually not associated with heartburn. There is some evidence that the reflux of acid may also contribute to nasal congestion and sinusitis.
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You have been diagnosed as having temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. The syndrome refers to an irritation of you jaw joint, which is located just in front of your ear. Many people suffer from this syndrome temporarily and never realize it, thinking instead that they have an ear infection. Rarely, this syndrome causes incapacitating symptoms that may require surgery.
The most common symptom associated with TMJ is ear pain. This pain can radiate down into the neck and the throat Read more […]
Tonsils and adenoids are masses of tissue that are similar to the lymph nodes or “glands” found in the neck, groin, and armpits. Tonsils are the two masses on the back of the throat. Adenoids are high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth (soft palate) and are not visible through the mouth without special instruments.
Tonsils and adenoids are near the entrance to the breathing passages where they can catch incoming germs, which cause infections. They “sample” bacteria and viruses Read more […]