Ears, Nose & Throat Procedures Performed at Lexington ENT
The otolaryngologists at Lexington ENT offer a full array of ear, nose and throat services. Whether you have swimmer’s ear, a sore throat, trouble swallowing or hearing loss, our physicians will work with you to achieve your optimal health. You can learn more about our Ears, Nose and Throat procedures offered below.
Ear Treatment Options
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What is Earlobe Repair? Earlobe repair is an in office procedure that is performed to correct stretched or torn earlobes from piercing, earlobe stretching with “gauges” or injury. Sutures are placed in the damaged ear during the procedure to complete the repair of the earlobe. Ears are typically able to be re-pierced 6 weeks after the procedure.
What is Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation? Eustachian tube balloon dilation is a minimally invasive procedure in which the Eustachian tube of the ear is widened to improve its functions. When the Eustachian tubes improperly open or become blocked due to respiratory infections or environmental allergies, an imbalance is created on either side of the eardrum. Chronic Eustachian tube infections may permanently damage the eardrum and middle ear. If these symptoms do not respond to medical intervention, Eustachian tube balloon dilation is a viable option. Click Here to Learn More About: Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation
What is Myringotomy? Myringotomy is a surgical procedure used to release middle-ear fluid caused by acute and chronic ear infections. The procedure is performed by making a small incision with a myringotomy knife through the layers of tympanic membrane thus providing access to suction out the fluid.
What is Otoplasty? Otoplasty also known as ear surgery- can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Ear surgery can help correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.
What is Tympanoplasty? Tympanoplasty is a surgical technique used to repair a defect in the eardrum with the placement of a graft, either medial or lateral to the tympanic membrane covering the eardrum. The goal of this surgical procedure is to close the perforation which also helps to improve hearing.
Nose Treatment Options
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What is Allergy Testing? Allergies can range from being a mild nuisance to a major health risk. It’s important to identify allergies, which can be done with allergy testing. Once allergies are identified, the best course of treatment can be prescribed. To learn more about allergy testing, click here.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty? The FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. Learn More Here
What is External Sinus Surgery? Most sinus surgeries are typically performed internally with an endoscopic method. However, there are some cases in which an external method will be the most effective option. To learn more about external sinus surgery and when to consider it, click here.
What is In-Office Nasal Polyp Removal? Nasal polyps and their corresponding symptoms are commonly treated with topical or oral steroidal medications, polyp removal (polypectomy), and in more severe cases, with endoscopic sinus surgery. Learn More About In-Office Nasal Polyp Removal
What is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery? If sinus infections become recurrent and/or non-responsive to prescribed medication the next step is sinus surgery. Sinus surgery is typically done to remove nasal obstructions blocking the sinus openings or to remove nasal growths. A small, lighted tool known as an endoscope is inserted through the nose in order for the physician to see and remove the nasal obstructions. The instruments that have been designed solely for the purpose of FESS are used alongside the telescopes to perform the operation. The FESS operation seeks to enlarge the drainage pathways of the sinuses by preventing the build-up of mucus in the sinuses, which are common in chronic sinusitis.
What is Laser-Assisted Control of Nasal Bleeding? When common nose bleeds also known as epistaxis become recurrent or severe, and do not respond to cauterization or nasal packing, the next step is surgical intervention. One of the most common and least invasive options for epistaxis surgeries is using a laser to permanantly seal the bleeding blood vessel.
What is Revision Nasal Surgery?Revision nasal surgeries are often suggested to correct an underlying problem for a nose health condition. To learn more about revision nasal surgery and the conditions that may require it, click here.
What is Rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty (nose job) is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting and reconstructing the form, restoring the functions, and aesthetically enhancing the nose. Rhinoplasty may be used to soften a bump, narrow nostril width, and change the angle between the nostril and the mouth as well as to correct injuries that may affect breathing, such as deviated nasal septum or a sinus condition. Typically, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under either local or general anesthesia and lasts one or two hours. After surgery, one can expect nasal congestion, swelling and bruising, but minimal pain. Patients often do not need strong painkillers. At six days, the splint and stitches are removed. No uncomfortable packing is needed. In most cases, patients return to work in one week.
What is Septoplasty? Septoplasty is a corrective surgical procedure to performed to correct and straighten the deviated nasal septum. This is accomplished by removing the specific nasal obstructions responsible for the patients troubled breathing. The nasal septum is a wall composed of bone and cartilage that divides your nose into two separate nostrils. A deviated septum occurs when the septum is displaced to one side of the nose.
What is Sinus/Skull Base Tumor Removal? Even though sinus or skull base tumors are very uncommon, there’s a wide variety of tumors that can occur. To learn more about these different types of tumors, warning signs, diagnosis, and tumor removal, click here.
What is Sublingual Immunotherapy? Sublingual immunotherapy involves putting drops or tablets of allergen extracts under the tongue of a patient with allergic reactions and then swallowing the extracts. It allows the organism to become tolerant to the allergen by absorbing the allergen through the stomach lining.
What is Turbinoplasty? Turbinoplasty is surgerical procedure used to treat nasal turbinate enlargement. Nasal turbinate hypertrophy (enlargement) is commonly caused by nasal allergies and is a leading cause of nasal congestion. The nasal turbinates are surgically reduced in size and re-positioned to allow to increase the size of the nasal airway.
What is Mucoceles (Cyst) Drainage? Mucoceles, also known as mucous cysts, are cysts filled with fluid that can develop within the sinuses. When the mucoceles are unable to drain normally, the mucocele will grow larger and can lead to serious medical issues if left untreated. To learn more about mucoceles cysts and the mucoceles drainage treatment, click here.
Throat Treatment Options
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What is Excision of Oral or Nasal Lesions, Polyps or Warts? At the first sign of pain or symptoms please consult an Ear, Nose, Throat physicians. Sores, abnormal growths and lesions in your mouth, nose and throat may be pre-cancerous or cancerous. After a biopsy the Ear, Nose, Throat physician may recommend the a multi pronged approach of surgical removal and if cancerous may recommend radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment in addition to the surgical removal of cancerous tissue.
Removal of Small Growths There are many causes and symptoms of small growths including: small, hard, white bumps, enlarged oil glands, acne, moles, “barnacles”, red bumps on the arms and face, bumps on the nose. These growths are usually benign and each have their own treatment. Consult your physician to diagnose what they are and to determine the proper treatment to remove them.
What is Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy? Tonsils and adenoids also known as T&A, are often removed at the same time when they become enlarged and block the upper airway, leading to breathing difficulty. Tonsils and adenoids are also removed when recurrence of tonsil infections or strep throat cannot be successfully treated by antibiotics. T&A is performed in an outpatient setting, lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and is performed under general anesthesia.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the low anterior neck. It produces thyroid hormone, which helps to regulate the body’s metabolism. The functional capacity of the thyroid is measured by blood tests. Excessive production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can cause palpitations, tremors, weight loss, and heat intolerance. Conversely, an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can result in fatigue, weight gain, and cold intolerance. The most common indications for this operation are suspicion of malignancy, large nodules, substernal nodules (nodules that grow inferiorly into the chest), and nodules that cause symptoms such as throat pressure, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or nodules so large they cause cosmetic disfigurement.