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Ear tubes are typically placed in children with recurrent or chronic ear infections. The tubes are placed in the ear drum to allow drainage of fluid from behind the ear and to allow treatment with topical medications.
Tonsils are lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat that are frequently removed for recurrent or chronic infections or when they are large enough to cause other symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or sleep disruption.
Thyroid nodules are abnormal growths within the tissue of the thyroid gland in the midline lower portion of the neck. They may appear as a lump in the neck or may be found by your main doctor on exam. Following imaging and biopsy (fine needle aspiration), a percentage of these nodules will need to be removed. This is done by removing either half or all of the thyroid gland.
The septum is the central part of the nose. In many people the septum is deviated to the point that nasal obstruction ensues. Correction of the deviation can improve nasal breathing.
A hole in the ear drum can occur with severe ear infections or with trauma to the ear. The hole can lead to hearing loss or further infection. Repairing the ear drum can be done in several ways; from a paper patch to using your own body's tissue, fascia, removed from behind the ear.
Recurrent and chronic sinus infections plague many people in the Texas Hill Country. Sinus surgery when part of comprehensive medical management can help decrease the number and severity of sinus infections. Surgery, in properly selected patients, helps remove obstructions of sinus outflow tracts allowing proper drainage and access for topical medications.
Snoring, sleep disruption, and sleep apnea can all result from anatomical problems of the airway. Multiple surgical options may be available depending on your anatomy and symptoms.
Head and Neck Cancer
Cancer of the head and neck is frequently treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Surgery is tailored to the specifics of the disease and is dependent upon further discussion with you and your other consulting doctors (medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, etc.) as part of a team approach.