Ear, nose and throat (ENT) physicians at St. Mary's Physician Associates provide comprehensive ear, nose and throat care, including plastic surgery for patients with all types of medical and cosmetic issues in the face and neck region.
- Sinus surgery
- Sleep apnea treatment
Plastic Surgery Procedures
- Brow lift
- Cheek augmentation
- Chin augmentation
- Ear Surgery
- Eyelid surgery
- Lip enhancement
- Neck lift
- Acne scar treatment
- BOTOX® cosmetic treatment
- Skin cancer surveillance and treatment
- Skin rejuvenation
- Spider veins
- Wrinkle correction
Some common conditions we treat include:
An ear infection happens when viruses or bacteria enter the ear canal. They can cause pain and fever in children and adults. We provide care for all types of ear infections, including swimmer’s ear, which is an infection in the outer ear canal. Other infections may affect the inner or middle ear. Ear infections can cause itching, redness, pain and swelling and pus may drain from the ear. Antibiotics are often used to treat ear infections.
Frequent Tonsil Infections
Frequent tonsil infections can cause tonsillitis, which is an inflammation of the tonsils. Both viral infections and bacterial infections, such as strep throat, can cause tonsillitis. While adults can get tonsillitis, it is most common in children. Symptoms of tonsillitis may include a sore throat, red and swollen tonsils, trouble swallowing and fever. Antibiotics can treat tonsillitis if it’s caused by a bacterial infection.
Surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy) may be an option for children who experience frequent tonsillitis or who have bacterial tonsillitis that doesn’t get better with antibiotics.
Sleep Disorders and Snoring
While snoring is not generally a serious condition, it can impact relationships and may be a sign of a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is one of the most common types of sleep disorders. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form.
In OSA, breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. This happens when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open during sleep. Sleep apnea is often accompanied by loud snoring, but not always. Other symptoms may include daytime drowsiness and pauses in breathing during sleep accompanied by gasps for breath. Sleep apnea can be dangerous. The combination of disturbed sleep and lack of oxygen (from the airway repeatedly closing throughout sleep) may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, memory and mood problems.
Allergies, Hay Fever, Laryngitis
Sneezing, red, swollen, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, hives and rashes are signs you may be dealing with allergies. Allergies to grass, weeds, tree pollen and molds may come and go with the seasons. This type of allergy is called hay fever. Laryngitis occurs when the voice box (larynx) swells and becomes inflamed. It’s caused by allergies, infections, a virus or other irritants.
Nasal and Sinus Disorders
Our physician treats a wide range of nasal and sinus disorders, including chronic sinusitis and nosebleeds.
Chronic infection and inflammation of the sinuses can lead to chronic sinusitis. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, facial pain and pressure, tooth pain and loss of taste and smell. Minimally invasive treatments are available and patients usually experience fewer sinus infections and less severe sinus infections after the procedure.*
Nosebleeds are a common medical problem and usually go away without treatment. When they do require medical attention, nosebleeds are usually controlled with simple packing or cauterization. In severe cases, bleeding may be the result of damage to a blood vessel at the back of the nose.
In those cases, physicians can often stop the bleeding by inserting an endoscope, a long-lighted rod, through the nose to identify the bleeding artery, and cauterize or clip the artery to produce immediate results. Following the surgery, discomfort is usually minimal and may include some nasal congestion. Patients can usually return home the same or next day.
Additionally, St. Mary's now offers the StealthStation ENT. This technology features “virtual endoscopy” which allows a surgeon a view of the sinus cavities that would otherwise be impossible to view with a typical endoscope. Combining this technology with imaging data obtained before surgery helps the surgeon navigate in and around the sinuses during surgery. This image-guided surgery has become the industry standard for many endoscopic sinus surgeries, and we are proud to now offer it to you.
*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.