Ear, nose, throat and sinus surgery (ENT or otolaryngology, head and neck surgery), are surgical services performed at the Live Oak Surgery Center in Plano, Texas. Our ENT surgeons are extensively trained to treat all manners of disorders or conditions involving the head and neck. ENT specialists at Live Oak Surgery Center focus on many various sub-specialties within the otolaryngology field including:
- Chronic ear disease
- Pediatric otolaryngology
- Sinus and nasal disorders
- Sleep medicine
- Thyroid and parathyroid diseases
- Cancers involving the head or neck
Problems or disorders of the head and neck often involve more than one structure, so ENT specialists must possess broad knowledge and a keen understanding of the complex anatomy involved with the head and neck.
Surgeons of Ear, Nose, & Throat, Head & Neck Surgeries – Otolaryngology
- Patti C. Huang, MD
- Colin Pero, MD
- Robert Brobst, MD
- Nicolas Scalzitti, MD
- Ellen Wang, MD
- Joseph R. Wyatt, MD
The ENT experts at Live Oak Surgery Center evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of both pediatric and adult ENT conditions, including:
Recurrent ear infections (also called otitis media): Ear infections are a common problem, especially in infants and toddlers. Patients who experience chronic/recurring ear infections may require ear tubes. A tympanostomy is an outpatient procedure performed at Live Oak Surgery Center to allow air to enter the ear, thus preventing infections and restoring normal hearing.
Tonsillitis: Children or adults who suffer from chronic sore throats, throat infections, or recurring bouts of strep throat may require a tonsillectomy to remove the lymph tissue/tonsils which continually present with infection.
Adenoid hypertrophy: Lymph tissue at the back of the nose (adenoids) can become repeatedly infected or enlarged and lead to ear infections, sinus drainage, and difficulty breathing nasally. An adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids) can alleviate these problems. Adenoidectomy is often performed in conjunction with a tonsillectomy and is commonly referred to as a T&A procedure.
Perforated eardrum: The eardrum can sustain a hole, or perforation, for a variety of reasons, including injuries, ear infections, cysts, or Eustachian tube problems. A perforated eardrum can cause pain, hearing loss, and drainage from the ear and may require surgical repair with an outpatient surgical procedure called a tympanoplasty, or for chronic ear perforations, a tympanomastoidectomy may be performed.
Otosclerosis: This inherited condition affects the ear’s ability to amplify sound. A small bone (usually the stapes) becomes unable to vibrate thus causing hearing to be impaired. Hearing loss resulting from otosclerosis can be treated at Live Oak Surgery Center through an outpatient stapedectomy procedure.
Chronic sinusitis: Patients suffering from chronic sinusitis that is unresponsive to medications and other allergy treatments can often benefit from endoscopic sinus surgery.
Enlarged turbinates (turbinate hypertrophy): Turbinates are finger-like structures made of bone and soft tissue located on each side of the nose. The turbinates regulate airflow within the nasal cavity by moistening and warming the air that is breathed in. Enlarged turbinates can cause nasal obstruction. While over-the-counter medications can often ease turbinate hypertrophy, turbinate reduction surgery may be required if conservative treatments are unsuccessful. Turbinate reduction outpatient surgery is often performed in conjunction with septoplasty or sinus surgery.
Deviated nasal septum: The thin wall of cartilage that divides the inside of the nose (septum) can become displaced, bent, or creased in such a way that the nasal passage is obstructed thus causing breathing difficulty. A septoplasty is a commonly performed procedure which involves repairing the septum, allowing for better airflow.
Nasal polyps: Benign growths can often appear within the sinuses of patients who experience chronic allergic rhinitis or recurring sinus infections. Nasal polyps can result in nasal obstruction or decreased sense of smell. Minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery can be utilized as an effective treatment for obstructive nasal polyps.
Snoring and sleep apnea: Many factors can contribute to snoring and sleep apnea. Depending on the cause, surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, hyoid suspension, uvulectomy, and radiofrequency tongue base surgery can aid in resolving both sleep apnea and snoring issues.
Vocal cord paralysis: Vocal cords that become paralyzed can be successfully treated with a vocal cord injection given during laryngoscopy or with vocal cord implants (laryngoplasty).
Vocal cord lesions: Growths can appear on the vocal cords and cause chronic hoarseness, irritation, pain, and bleeding. Your ENT surgeon may recommend a direct laryngoscopy or microlaryngoscopy to remove or biopsy vocal cord lesions.
Thyroid disorders (such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism), nodules, and goiters: In most cases, thyroid growths are benign and typically require no treatment, as there are few symptoms. For thyroid disorders which are causing symptoms or goiters/nodules that are large, your ENT surgeon may recommend a thyroidectomy. Depending on the severity and cause of the thyroid problems, thyroid surgery at Live Oak Surgery Center may involve total removal, subtotal removal (which includes removing most of the gland), or one lobe removal (hemithyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy).
Parathyroid gland disorders: Parathyroid gland disorders are successfully treated at Live Oak Surgery Center through parathyroidectomy (removal of the parathyroid glands), which is typically performed in a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Neck masses: Neck masses can involve glands, tumors, and lymph nodes. Your ENT specialist may recommend needle biopsy, neck dissection, parotidectomy, excisional biopsy (deep or superficial), or submandibular gland excision to diagnose or treat a neck mass.
Ear, nose, throat and sinus surgery Performed at Live Oak Surgery Center
The highly skilled surgeons at Live Oak Surgery Center are experienced in performing all manners of ENT, sinus, and head and neck surgeries.
Common surgical procedures:
- Tympanostomy (ear tubes)
Nasal and sinus procedures:
- Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
- Septoplasty with turbinate reduction
- Nasal valve reconstruction
- Nasal fracture reduction (closed or open)
- Tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy (T&A)
- Radiofrequency tongue base surgery
- Hyoid suspension
- Superficial and deep excisional biopsies
- Submandibular gland excision
- Lymph node biopsy/excision
Parathyroid and thyroid procedures:
- Thyroidectomy (partial or total)
- Thyroid lobectomy
Live Oak Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center offering compassionate, high-quality outpatient care. All members of our surgical staff have a broad range of training and experience in performing ear, nose, throat, and sinus surgery (ENT or otolaryngology, head and neck surgery). Please contact us by calling 469-488-1000
Disclaimer: These pages are not intended to provide medical or surgical advice or physician instruction on medical care or treatment. If you are a patient, consult with your doctor about treatment options that may be appropriate for your medical condition.