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 Procedures:

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.

Head and Neck Cancer Surgeries

Many cancers of the head and neck can be cured, especially if they are found early. Although eliminating the cancer is the primary goal of treatment, preserving the function of the nearby nerves, organs, and tissues is also very important. When planning treatment, doctors consider how treatment might affect a person’s quality of life, such as how a person feels, looks, talks, eats, and breathes.

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.

Laryngectomy

Laryngectomy is the removal of all or part of the voice box (larynx). The voice box is in the neck and contains the vocal cords. It also helps you swallow and breathe.

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.

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.

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.


Sleep Apnea Surgeries

The alignment of the bones and tissue in the jaw, mouth, and throat can cause sleep apnea. The most common surgical options rearrange, reduce, or totally remove the tissue in the throat that is blocking your airway while you sleep. This tissue can be in the soft palate, which is at the back of the roof of your mouth; the uvula , your tonsils and adenoids, which are in the back of your throat; or your tongue. There are also surgeries to correct the alignment of the bones in the mouth, nose, and face.

Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery

Surgery is the only way to treat parathyroid disease (hyperparathyroidism). A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the thyroid gland and used to treat diseases of the thyroid gland including: Thyroid cancer, Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) Large goiters or thyroid nodules causing symptomatic obstruction such as swallowing or breathing difficulties.

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.

Trach

A tracheostomy is a surgically made hole that goes through the front of your neck into your trachea, or windpipe. A breathing tube, called a trach tube, is placed through the hole and directly into your windpipe to help you breathe.

Uvulectomy

Uvula removal is done with a procedure called an uvulectomy. This removes all or part of the uvula. It’s usually done to treat snoring or some of the symptoms of  obstructive sleep apnea.