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Tongue-Tie Release

Tongue-tie release, also known as frenotomy or frenectomy, is a surgical procedure to correct tongue-tie, a condition where the lingual frenulum restricts the movement of the tongue. This condition can lead to difficulties with breastfeeding, speech development, and oral hygiene. During the procedure, a pediatric ENT specialist carefully releases the tight or thick band of tissue connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This allows for an improved range of motion and functionality of the tongue.

Tongue-tie release is performed on infants or young children under local anesthesia or with minimal sedation, ensuring minimal discomfort and a quick recovery. Following the procedure, your child may experience improved breastfeeding ability, better articulation of sounds, and enhanced oral hygiene. If you suspect your child may have tongue tie, consult with our fellowship-trained ENT specialists for personalized evaluation and treatment.

Tongue-Tie Release Treats:

  • Difficulty breastfeeding due to latch issues
  • Speech difficulties or delays
  • Restricted tongue movement affecting oral hygiene
  • Challenges with certain oral activities such as licking, kissing, or playing wind instruments
  • Potential discomfort or pain related to tongue mobility restrictions

Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure aimed at removing the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue located at the back of your throat. This procedure is commonly performed to alleviate chronic or recurrent tonsillitis, a condition characterized by inflammation and infection of the tonsils. Tonsillectomy may also be recommended for individuals experiencing sleep-disordered breathing or obstructive sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils blocking the airway during sleep.

During the procedure, which is typically performed under general anesthesia, a pediatric ENT specialist carefully removes the tonsils using surgical instruments. This helps reduce the frequency and severity of throat infections and can improve breathing and overall quality of life. Following a tonsillectomy, you can expect a period of recovery, during which your child may experience some throat discomfort and temporary changes in diet.

Tonsillectomy Treats:

  • Chronic or recurrent tonsillitis
  • Enlarged tonsils causing sleep-disordered breathing
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Difficulty swallowing due to enlarged tonsils
  • Persistent bad breath despite good oral hygiene
  • Abscess formation around the tonsils (peritonsillar abscess)

Adenoidectomy

Adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure aimed at removing the adenoids, which are small pads of tissue located at the back of your nasal cavity near the opening of the Eustachian tubes. These glands play a role in immune function, but when they become enlarged or infected, they can cause various health issues. Adenoidectomy is typically recommended to alleviate chronic or recurrent sinus infections, ear infections, and obstructive sleep apnea in children.

During the procedure, a pediatric ENT specialist removes the adenoids using surgical instruments. This helps improve nasal breathing, reduce the frequency of infections, and alleviate symptoms such as nasal congestion, snoring, and difficulty sleeping. Adenoidectomy is often performed under general anesthesia, and the recovery period involves temporary throat discomfort and changes in diet. If your child experiences recurrent sinus or ear infections or struggles with breathing during sleep, consult our ENT specialists to explore your options.

Adenoidectomy Treats:

  • Chronic or recurrent sinus infections
  • Chronic or recurrent ear infections
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Nasal congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Snoring and sleep disturbances
  • Chronic or persistent middle ear fluid

Pediatric Airway Surgery

Pediatric airway surgery involves a range of procedures aimed at treating conditions affecting the airway in children, including the throat, larynx, trachea, and bronchi. These surgeries address issues such as airway obstruction, congenital abnormalities, and acquired conditions that affect breathing and vocalization. Pediatric airway surgery can improve respiratory function, ensure proper growth and development, and enhance the affected child’s quality of life.

Common pediatric airway surgeries include procedures like laryngotracheoplasty, tracheostomy, and reconstructive surgery to correct congenital anomalies like tracheomalacia or laryngomalacia. These interventions may be necessary to restore normal airflow, alleviate breathing difficulties, and prevent complications associated with airway obstruction. If your child experiences symptoms such as noisy breathing, stridor (high-pitched breathing sounds), or recurrent respiratory infections, please consult our fellowship-trained ENT specialists.

Pediatric Airway Surgery Treats:

  • Airway obstruction due to congenital anomalies
  • Conditions like tracheomalacia or laryngomalacia
  • Recurrent respiratory infections
  • Noisy breathing or stridor (high-pitched breathing sounds)
  • Difficulty breathing during exercise or sleep
  • Speech and swallowing difficulties related to airway issues

Congenital Neck Mass Removal

Congenital neck mass removal is a surgical procedure aimed at removing abnormal growths or masses present in the neck area from birth. These masses can vary in size and composition, ranging from benign cysts and lymphatic malformations to more serious conditions like tumors. The procedure is typically recommended when the mass poses a risk of infection, obstruction of nearby structures, or potential malignancy.

During congenital neck mass removal, a pediatric ENT specialist carefully excises the mass while preserving surrounding tissues and structures. This procedure is often performed under general anesthesia to ensure the comfort and safety of the child. Following surgery, your child may experience a period of recovery, which may involve temporary discomfort, swelling, or changes in mobility. If your child has a congenital neck mass, consult with our fellowship-trained ENT specialists to discuss appropriate treatment options.

Congenital Neck Mass Removal Treats:

  • Benign cysts present since birth
  • Lymphatic malformations in the neck area
  • Tumors or growths causing obstruction or compression of nearby structures
  • Masses at risk of infection or becoming malignant
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing due to the mass
  • Cosmetic concerns associated with the presence of the neck mass

Pediatric ENT Specialist FAQs

When should I take my child to see a pediatric ENT specialist?

You should consult a pediatric ENT specialist if your child experiences persistent or recurrent symptoms related to the ear, nose, or throat. These symptoms may include frequent ear infections, difficulty breathing through the nose, chronic snoring, speech delays, or persistent sore throats. Additionally, if your child has a congenital abnormality affecting the ear, nose, or throat, a pediatric ENT specialist can provide specialized care.

What can I expect during a consultation with a pediatric ENT specialist?

During your consultation, the pediatric ENT specialist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your child’s medical history and current symptoms. They may perform a physical examination of the ear, nose, and throat using specialized instruments. Depending on the specific concerns, additional diagnostic tests such as hearing tests, imaging studies, or endoscopic procedures may be recommended. Following the evaluation, the specialist will discuss their findings with you and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs.

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