What services do we provide?
Your daily life is greatly affected by the way your senses function. Any irregular activity can affect your ability to live your life normally. Ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including:
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Allergies are a common condition that affect one out of every 5 people and are caused by an immune system response to certain triggers that are otherwise harmless. These triggers cause symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, headache, stomach pain and diarrhea. Although there is no cure for allergic reactions, there are many different treatment options available to help control the symptoms of allergies.
Ear Infections Acute and Chronic
Ear infections, also known as otitis media, are one of the most common conditions, affecting up to 75 percent of children in the US by the time they reach the age of three. This condition develops as a result of a buildup of fluid in the Eustachian tubes, which connect the eardrum to the nose. Patients with an ear infection may experience earache, fever, ear discharge, headache and dizziness.
Children who suffer from repeat ear infections or fluid in the ear may benefit from ear tubes. Ear tubes are plastic inserts that are surgically placed in the eardrum under general anesthesia. The insertion of ear tubes can help allow air to enter the middle ear, allow fluid out of the ear, prevent future buildup of fluid and restore hearing.
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancers encompass several different diseases that can affect the mouth, nose, throat and other surrounding areas. Many cases of head and neck cancer can be prevented through life changes. The different types of cancer associated with the head and neck include:
- Oral cavity
- Salivary glands
- Nasal cavity
- Lymph node
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition that involves breathing problems during sleep, as the throat muscles relax and block the airway. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea often experience loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headache, insomnia and waking up with a sore throat.
Sinusitis is a condition that refers to an inflammation of the lining within the paranasal sinuses that can also cause sinus headache. Sinusitis can be classified by location:
- maxillary, which causes pain or pressure in the cheek area;
- frontal, which causes pain or pressure above and behind the eyes;
- ethmoid, which causes pain or pressure between or behind the eyes; and
- sphenoid, which causes pain or pressure behind the eyes.
Sinus and Nasal Surgery
Sinus and nasal surgery is performed to enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses, in order to effectively treat conditions such as nasal congestion, rhinitis, sinusitis and sinus headache, polyps and others. Patients may turn to surgery after other treatments such as medications, nasal sprays and humidifiers have been unsuccessful in ending symptoms, or for chronic, recurring conditions.
There are several different types of sinus surgery, most of them can be performed through minimally invasive techniques that require no incisions and no hospital stay. Some of the most commonly performed procedures include functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), image-guided surgery, the Caldwell Luc operation and Balloon Sinuplasty.
The sounds of snoring occur the same way that sounds when we speak are made. When air flows past our throat while sleeping, the tissues vibrate and create the sounds we recognize as snoring. Snoring is very common and occurs at least occasionally in almost half of all adults. Men are more likely to snore than women.
Thyroid surgery is used to treat several different thyroid conditions such as nodules, cancer and hyperthyroidism. Surgery is often considered a last resort for thyroid conditions and may be used if more conservative treatments have failed, a condition is recurring or cancer is present. Surgery for a thyroid disorder removes part or all of the thyroid gland, depending on the type and severity of the condition.
Tonsils and Adenoids
The tonsils are two masses of tissue found on either side of the back of the throat. The adenoids are located high in the throat behind the nose and roof of the mouth. Together they form part of the ring of glandular tissue at the back of the throat. The tonsils and adenoids assist the body in defense against infection by “sampling” entering bacteria and viruses and becoming infected them. They then help form antibodies to resist and fight future infections. The tonsils and adenoids are also subject to inflammation, respectively known as tonsillitis and adenoiditis.
Our physicians have the skills and experience to treat your ENT problems locally. They all trained at the University of Iowa, which has one of the highest ENT training programs in the nation, and they are still involved with the University of Iowa as adjunct staff members by instructing ENTs-in-training. They stay current by practicing up-to-date medicine and perform leading-edge procedures for a variety of disorders. It is their goal to deliver compassionate, patient-centered and convenient care throughout our communities.
To learn more about our ENT & Allergy Services, please call 641-494-5380 today to schedule an appointment. Our ENT and allergy patients come to us from Algona, Iowa Falls, New Hampton, Charles City and Mason City.