Throat Procedures

Our practice includes general ear, nose, and throat, head and neck diseases and surgeries, cosmetic surgery, robotic procedures, in-office balloon sinuplasty, allergy treatment, and hearing solutions. We concentrate our training and experience in these areas to provide the best possible medical care for our patients.

Throat:

Adenoidectomy

The adenoids are removed due to chronic infection. Adenoidectomy is commonly done in conjunction with Myringotomy Tube placement and tonsillectomy, and is done as an outpatient procedure.

Allergy Tests and Shots

Allergy is diagnosed by history and physical examination and confirmed by allergy testing. We do this allergy testing by skin testing on the arms or by tests done on blood drawn from your arm. Inhalant allergies can cause multiple symptoms but will mainly affect the respiratory system. Persistent and recurrent “colds”. “hay fever”, and “sinus” are examples of allergic symptoms. Any substance that can be inhaled or absorbed into the body may provoke allergic reactions. The most common inhalant allergens that trigger symptoms are pollens, molds and environmental agents such as animal dander and dust mites.

Allergy treatment is based on avoidance of offending allergens through environmental control, medications to control symptoms, and immunotherapy (allergy shots). If immunotherapy is recommended, a solution is mixed specifically for you based on your allergy testing results and will be administered in your arm. The need for allergy medication may decrease or disappear as immunotherapy is advanced. Allergy injections are usually given three to five years, but some patients require immunotherapy indefinitely


Direct Laryngoscopy

With this procedure, the larynx (voice box) is visualized directly through a lighted tube, so that various lesions and disorders of the larynx can be diagnosed and treated. This is done in the operating room, under local or general anesthesia, and the patient can usually be discharged on the day of surgery, or the first postoperative day. After some laryngoscopies, the patient may be required to rest his voice for several days.

Robotic Head and Neck Surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. The da Vinci System consists of several key components, including: an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system, and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Read more

Salivary Gland Surgery

The Parotid Gland The parotid gland is the large salivary gland on both sides of the face. Tumors of the parotid gland require surgical removal. While this is a major surgery with some risk to the facial nerve, it may often require no more than an overnight stay in the hospital. The doctors of ENT Associates of Alabama are skilled at removal of these tumors with preservation of the facial nerve and avoidance of injury to it. These tumors are frequently benign and surgery is usually corrective.
Submandibular Gland The submandibular gland is the large salivary gland located just below the mandible or jaw on each side of the neck. Most commonly this gland requires surgery only when it becomes irreversibly swollen from persisting infection resulting from a stone within the gland. Less frequently a tumor may arise in the gland and require surgical removal. The doctors of ENT Associates of Alabama are very experienced in surgery of the submandibular gland.

Injection Snoreplasty

Injection snoreplasty is a nonsurgical treatment for snoring that involves the injection of a hardening agent into the upper palate. Injection snoreplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. After numbing the upper palate with topical anesthetic, a hardening agent is injected just under the skin on the top of the mouth in front of the uvula (upper palate), creating a small blister. Within a couple of days the blister hardens, forms scar tissue, and pulls the floppy uvula forward to eliminate or reduce the palatal flutter that causes snoring.

Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy is done for problems such as chronic infection, tonsil enlargement causing symptoms, and obstructive sleep apnea. The tonsils are removed under general anesthesia, and this is usually done as outpatient surgery. The patient can generally return to school or work after one week. In children, the adenoids are frequently removed as well.

Voice Restoration

ENT Associates of Alabama offers prosthetic voice restoration for those patients who have undergone laryngectomy or removal of the voice box because of cancer. Using the Blom-Singer and/or Bivona prosthetic voice restoration systems, a nearly normal voice with normal fluency can be achieved for the patient by the voice restoration team.

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