This is often done to make protruding ears smaller or more
normal in appearance or to make the ears more symmetrical.
Surgeries on the Outer Ear. Occasionally an outer ear needs
to be created or significantly changed, if a person was born
without an outer ear or if the ear had to be removed for any
reason, such as cancer, infection, or trauma.
with PE Tube making a hole in the eardrum to drain fluid/infection
and let air in through the tube.
repairing the eardrum, usually with a tissue graft that
is placed under or on top of a hole in the eardrum.
a fixed (stuck) stapes bone and reconnecting the inner ear to
the other ear bones, usually using a wire or piston.
cleaning diseased bone from behind and around the ear
to destroy the inner ear in situations where the inner ear cannot
hear and there is chronic dizziness.
Sac Decompression -- Removing bone from the surface of the
endolymphatic sac, which is situated in the dura (the tough
tissue) that covers the brain just behind the inner ear in the
back part of the mastoid
Nerve Section -- to cut the nerve to the balance parts of
the inner ear in the canal behind the inner ear, sparing the
hearing nerve and the nerve to the face that goes through the
Nerve Decompression is removing bone from the surface
of the facial nerve, the nerve that makes your facial muscles
work. This nerve has the longest path through bone of any nerve
in the body.
of Facial Nerve Tumors and other tumors
straightening out the cartilage and bone on inside if the
making the outside of the nose straighter and more cosmetically
pleasing as well as straightening out the inside of the nose.
Endoscopic Surgeries of the Sinuses-- Using small lit telescopes
for light and guidance, diseased and/or infected tissues are
removed from these sinuses:
Sinuses, the sinuses in your cheeks
Sinuses, the sinuses between your eyes
Sinuses, the sinuses in your forehead
Sinuses, the sinuses deep in your head at the base of the skull.
opening the sac/duct from the eye to the nose to get the tear ducts
to drain into the nose better.
to remove polyps from the nose and sinuses. Avoid aspirin and
yellow dyes to decrease the chance of polyps growing back.
-- to fix baggy eyelids
to elevate the eyebrows and upper facial tissues
to lift or tighten midface skin and subcutaneous tissues
lift-- to lift/tighten skin and tissues of the neck
Laser Facial Resurfacing--
to even out the skin surface using the laser. The outer
layer(s) of the skin are removed and the skin regrows, leaving a
of Benign Moles, Tags, and Masses
of Facial Tumors/Cancers
Laser Assisted UvuloPalatoplasty--removal of a portion of the edge
of the palate and the uvula, sometimes in several stages, to decrease
the amount of "floppy" tissue that vibrates as one snores
removal of a portion of the palate and lateral pharyngeal soft tissues
to decrease the upper pharyngeal obstruction in a person with sleep
Stapling of Zenker's Diverticulum- stapling and cutting the
wall between the Zenker's pouch and the esophagus through the throat,
with no outside incisions. See www.laparoscopy.com
for pictures of this procedure.
of Salivary Glands & Tumors-- usually done for non-cancerous
lumps. These surgeries often require identifying nerves to the facial
muscles that go through or very close to these glands. Damage to
any of these nerve branches can result in weakness of part or all
of one side of the face.
of Mouth & Throat Masses & Tumors
with Vocal Cord Surgery, Laser or Standard
Total or Partial--removal of all or part of the voice box, usually
for cancer. Small tumors can now be removed using the laser, without
neck incisions. Patients can learn to talk if the voice box ix totally
removed. Ask your otolaryngologist to outline the different procedures.
removal of the arytenoid cartilage and sometimes part of a nonfunctioning
vocal cord in a patient with a paralyzed vocal cord(s) to create
a safe, more open airway
of Cysts and Masses Many of these are from abnormal development
of the neck tissues before birth.
Surgery Removal of cancerous or noncancerous masses from the
thyroid gland. Nerves to the voice box are very close to parts of
the thyroid glands and voice problems and/or airway problems can
develop if one of these nerves is damaged.
Surgery--Cancers can occur in the neck, either in lymph
nodes or in other tissues of the neck. They often are associated
with cancers in the throat. It is very important to get a good examination
of the insode of the throat if a mass is present in the neck and
it is to be removed.