Pediatric Otolaryngology

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What is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist

If your child needs surgical or complex medical treatment for illnesses or problems affecting the ear, nose, or throat, a pediatric otolaryngologist has the experience and qualifications to treat  your child. Many general otolaryngologists provide surgical care for children. However, in many areas of the country, more specialized otolaryngology care is available for children.  

What kind of training do Pediatric Otolaryngologists have?

 

Pediatric otolaryngologists are medical doctors who have had 

  • At least 4 years of medical school 
  • One year of surgical internship 
  • Often 1 additional year of residency training in general surgery 
  • At least 3 to 4 additional years of residency training in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery 
  • Pediatric otolaryngologists often complete additional training in fellowship programs at a large children’s medical center 

Pediatric otolaryngologists treat children from the newborn period through the teenage years. They choose to make pediatric care the core of their medical practice, and the unique nature of medical and surgical care of children is learned from advanced training and experience in practice. 

Where may I find a Pediatric Otolaryngologist?

Pediatric otolaryngologists practice in a variety of medical institutions including children’s hospitals, university medical centers, and large community hospitals.  

Pediatric Otolaryngologists- the best care for children

 

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during  a medical examination. Pediatric otolaryngologists know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric otolaryngologists use equipment specially designed for children. Most pediatric  otolaryngologists’ offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos, and reading materials  for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child. 

If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a specialist for a problem with his ears, nose, or throat, a pediatric otolaryngologist has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and comprehensive training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating children’s ear, nose, and throat disorders.

Common

Pediatric Otolaryngologists treat a wide variety of childhood illnesses and conditions. These may include the following conditions when they are present during childhood:


  • Breathing disorders
  • Ear infections, hearing loss
  • Nose and sinus problems
  • Tonsils and adenoid infections or inflammations
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Congenital abnormalities of the ear, nose, sinuses, tongue
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Craniofacial abnormalities, including cleft lip, cleft palate
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Food allergies
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD

Test and Treatment Procedures

Our full spectrum of medical and surgical services and procedures include (but are not limited to):

  • Assessment of the airway for evaluation and determination of sites of obstruction, phases of stridor, and issues of aerodigestive dysfunction
  • Bronchoscopy
    • Flexible bronchoscopy
    • Rigid bronchoscopy and foreign body removal
  • Cochlear implantation for profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Congenital atretic ear reconstruction
  • Evaluation and treatment of congenital anomalies such as:
    • Choanal atresia
    • Sinusitis
    • Simple polyps or those complicating cystic fibrosis
    • Thyroglossal duct cysts
    • Brachial left cysts
    • Dermoid cysts
  • Evaluation of tumor processes, both benign and malignant (performed in conjunction with a hematologist/oncologist)
  • Management of otitis media and serous otitis with antibiotic therapy and tube placement
  • Mastoidectomy and tympanoplasty for chronic ear disease
  • Open reductions and platings to repair facial injuries
  • Restoration of congenital anomalies of the auricles and absent auditory canal
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tracheal reconstruction
  • Vascular malformations and hemangiomas