Pediatric Otolaryngology is the study and practice of diagnosing and treating ear, nose, and throat conditions in kids. While children are often affected by the same ENT conditions as adults, they may require special care. Some medical issues are handled almost exclusively by pediatric otolaryngologists. Pediatric otolaryngologists are trained to diagnose and treat conditions that affect more children than adults, such as middle ear infections, and to help young patients feel comfortable and safe.
Pediatric otolaryngologists treat a broad range of conditions that occur during childhood, including:
A tonsillectomy, the surgical removal of your tonsils, helps minimize problems associated with recurrent episodes of tonsillitis. If the inflammatory infection does not improve with other treatment or enlarged tonsils affect your child’s breathing, Dr. Hennessee may recommend the procedure. It is much more common in children than adults, and is typically done on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia.
An adenoidectomy surgically removes the adenoid glands, which are small lumps of tissue at the back of the throat. Similar to tonsillectomies, most adenoidectomies are performed in children. This is largely because adenoids tend to shrink by adolescence. Surgery to remove them may be necessary if your child’s adenoids have become infected and swollen, blocking the nose and interfering with breathing. Left untreated, swollen adenoids may lead to chronic snoring, ear infections, difficulty swallowing, and sleep apnea. Adenoidectomies are typically outpatient procedures, performed with general anesthetic.
An adenotonsillectomy is a surgery that removes both the adenoids and the tonsils. Swollen adenoids associated with tonsillitis may lead to the need for this surgery.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a procedure that removes excess tissue in the throat to widen the airway for easier breathing, reduced snoring, and alleviation of sleep apnea symptoms. Tissues removed during the surgery may include: