Keller Texas Ear Nose Throat Doctors at Texas ENT Center

Mouth & ThroatHead and Neck Doctor Texas ENT

Everyone has had a sore throat, but at times more complex problems occur in the throat. If you are singer, then you will appreciate the complex and delicate nature of the vocal folds. We at Texas ENT Center treat the common sore throat, but also have the most up-to-date equipment to treat even the most specialized voice problems. Our Atoms video stroboscope and Olympus tower provide excellent diagnostic tools that allow our physicians to diagnose and manage your throat and voice concerns.

Conditions We Treat:

  • Salivary stone
  • Snoring/sleep apnea
  • Swallowing trouble
  • Hoarseness
  • Reflux
  • Acute/chronic tonsillitis
  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Mouth lesions

Diagnostic:

  • Flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy - In-office procedure performed to diagnose throat, voice and swallowing problems.  Numbing medicine is sprayed into the nose and then a small flexible telescope is used to view the throat and vocal cords. The procedure provides a quick and comfortable way of directly visualizing areas inside your throat and voice box. For more information on flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy please refer to WebMD
  • Videostroboscopy - In-office procedure performed to diagnose voice problems. A flexible telescope placed through the nose or a rigid telescope placed in the mouth are used to visualize the vocal cords. A strobe light along with recording equipment are used to capture video of the vocal cords.  The procedure helps your physician diagnose vocal cord nodules/polyps and other voice related problems. For more information on Videostroboscopy please refer to this emedicine article
  • CT scan of the neck - An imaging study that is completed at an imaging center or hospital. It involves placing dye through a vein and then taking a series of x-rays to visualize the neck and throat. 
  • Sleep study - A test that may be performed in a sleep lab or at your home. It provides information that allows our physicians to diagnose sleep apnea and review treatment options. It may also be helpful in the analysis and treatment of snoring.

Treatment:

  • Removal of salivary stone - A procedure to remove stones from salivary glands under the tongue or on the inside of the cheek. This can be completed in the office or in the operating room. A small amount of numbing medicine is injected near the duct/stone. The duct is opened and the stone is removed. Small telescopes may be used to assist in the procedure.
  • Palatal procedures - Many different procedures are chosen based on the person’s diagnosis (sleep apnea or snoring). The most common in-office procedure is (coblation palatoplasty PDF), but we also offer pillar implants. These procedures are completed to “stiffen” the palate and reduce snoring.The most common surgery completed in the operating room is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). The palate is trimmed and the tonsils are removed to reduce airway obstruction and improve obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Microlaryngoscopy - A procedure performed in the operating room. An operating microscope is used to view the vocal cords. Specialized “micro” instruments are used to operate on the vocal cords removing polyps, cysts or cancers. The microflap technique is used to preserve vocal cord function.
  • Tonsillectomy - A procedure to remove the tonsils. The surgery is completed in the operating room. It is most often performed with cautery or coblation. The recovery is usually 1 week for children and 2 weeks for adults. It is most commonly performed for infection (tonsillitis) or obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Biopsy of mouth lesion - An in-office procedure used to remove concerning or recurrent mouth lesions. Numbing medicine is injected around the mass and instruments are used to biopsy or remove the mass. Pathologists will review the biopsy. Absorbable sutures may be placed. Mucoceles are common benign masses that are removed. Oral cancers are malignant lesions that are biopsied and may require further treatment.

 

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