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MetroHealth's Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) provides comprehensive medical and surgical services and is a leader in care of children with ear, nose, throat, and head and neck disorders.
Doctors trained in otolaryngology can perform both routine medical care and surgical care. At MetroHealth, we have many talented professionals in our ENT department; several of our providers provide expert care of children / pediatric patients – both medical care and surgical procedures.
To find out more about how to make an appointment for a consultation or schedule or prepare for ENT surgery, call 216-778-4391.
These are just a few of the surgical solutions our ENT doctors can provide:
Ear tubes are known by many names, including tympanostomy tubes; ear ventilating tubes; or, most often, PE (pressure-equalizing) tubes. The tiny hollow tubes are placed in your child's eardrums. They let air into the middle ear while draining fluid out. Keeping this fluid out of the middle ear can help bring back normal hearing and reduce the number of ear infections. The tubes are safe and do not cause hearing loss or long-term damage to the eardrum.
Ear tubes are put in during outpatient surgery, meaning that your child does not have to stay overnight in the hospital. Using a microscope, the ear surgeon makes a small cut in the eardrum. Any fluid in the middle ear is removed. The tube is put in the eardrum hole and stays in place without any stitches.
Surgery on both eardrums often takes less than 20 minutes. The tubes stay in for about a year. After a year, the body brushes the tubes out. About 70 percent of children need only one set of tubes.
The tonsils are grape-sized pieces of tissue in the back of the throat on each side. The adenoids are small pads of tissue at the back of the nose above the throat. The adenoids can't be seen when you open your mouth because they are behind the soft palate. Both tonsils and adenoids produce antibodies to fight infections, but they are probably only important to infants.
Tonsils and adenoids are usually removed if they become so large that they interfere with breathing or swallowing, or if recurrent infections occur.
At MetroHealth, your doctor will work with you to help reduce your need for surgery. Often, a change in your environment or your medications can help you feel a lot better, and when that happens, surgery is not required. But should you need surgery, you're in good hands with MetroHealth. Our ENT professionals have decades of experience in helping people deal with ear, nose and throat issues. And our surgical suites are truly extraordinary. They are equipped with all the imaging and surgical tools your doctor will need to perform your surgery with confidence.
You will need a referral for surgery. To find out more about how to prepare for surgery or to make an appointment for a surgery consultation, call 216-778-4391.