Throat

Throat problems can disrupt sleep, breathing, and general good health. Fortunately, treatments can be fairly routine and effective for these patients. Our physicians offer surgical treatments, including tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy as well as many conditions related to voice, swallowing, hoarseness and infections.

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Tonsillectomy surgery involves removing your tonsils which are almond-shaped collections of the lymphatic or immune system. Tonsils can cause problems when they are enlarged or swollen. Common conditions are upper airway resistance syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea and chronic tonsillitis.

Patients can expect same day surgery which lasts about 30 minutes. Both adults and children can be treated. Recovery time is usually about one week.

Adenoidectomy surgery involves removing the adenoids. Adenoids are tonsillar tissue located behind the soft palate at the back of the nose. Enlarged adenoids can cause blockage or infection in the eustachian tube, cause nasal obstruction and difficulty breathing, and chronic sinus infections.

Surgical removal of the adenoids is minor surgery, taking 30 minutes and patients return home the same day.

Common hoarseness, swelling of the vocal cords or laryngitis, is caused by a viral infection, post nasal drainage, acid reflux, using your voice too much, mucosal lesion or paralysis of the vocal cords.