Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure during which a thin balloon catheter is inserted into the nose. The balloon is gradually inflated in the cavities to relieve blockages and widen the sinus pathways.
Middle Ear Surgery
The middle ear is an air-filled cavity that consists of an eardrum and three tiny, interconnected bones called the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. Middle ear surgery is used to treat conditions in any of these parts.
Cochlear implants are small, electronic devices used to correct hearing loss in those who are completely deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The device is implanted into the inner ear, bypassing the damaged parts of the ear to directly reach the auditory nerve and send sound signals to the brain.
Hearing loss can be mild or severe, reversible, temporary or permanent, and may affect one or both ears. The most common cause of hearing loss is age, affecting up to 25 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 75, and up to 50 percent of people who are over the age of 75.
A balance disorder is a complex condition that causes unsteadiness and dizziness, and sensations of spinning, moving or floating. Part of the inner ear known as the labyrinth interacts with other body systems, including those of the eyes, bones and joints, to maintain balance.
Sinus surgery is performed to remove blockages and enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses. The sinuses are the hollow spaces behind the bones of the upper face, which can become blocked and inflamed, causing a buildup of mucus.
A tympanoplasty may need to be performed because of congenital deafness and injury to the tympanic membrane due to: serious or chronic middle ear infections, accidents, or extreme changes in air pressure.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid
A bone anchored hearing aid, or BAHA is an implantable device used to improve hearing by stimulating the inner ear through the bone. Bone Anchored Hearing Aids can often vastly improve hearing in patients with less severe cases of conductive or mixed hearing impairment.
Otolaryngology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Otolaryngologists have been trained in the treatment, both medical and surgical, of patients with disorders of the ear, nose and throat and related problems.
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder in which one or more pauses or shallow breathing occurs while sleeping. The airway is either narrow, causing disruptive snoring, or completely obstructed, causing the sleeper to gasp and wake up fully or partially.
A myringotomy is performed to relieve pressure buildup in the middle ear, usually due to chronic middle ear infections resistant to other treatments. There may also be excessive fluid present due to severe allergies.
Ossiculoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to remove, repair, or replace one or more of the small bones of the middle ear. These bones are individually known as the malleus, the incus and the stapes. They normally vibrate in order to transmit sound waves to the eardrum and the auditory nerve.
Throat and Neck
The thyroid is an organ in the endocrine system that must be monitored if it becomes swollen or dysfunctional. A swollen or dysfunctional thyroid will occasionally reveal a lump within the tissue that generally cannot be determined upon examination as benign or malignant.