What is Otolaryngology?
Otolaryngologic surgery focuses on ailments and issues with the ears, nose, and throat. This subspecialty is one of the oldest medical specialties in the United States, dating back to the 19th century. Physicians trained in otolaryngology are often specialists in both medicine and surgery.
An otoplasty is a surgical procedure performed on the ears. It can be necessary for a variety of reasons, including ear deformities and ear pinning.
Microtia Ear Reconstruction
Microtia is a congenital defect that occurs on the external to middle ear. It can vary in severity, but often it causes hearing loss. Children with microtia may also experience bullying and a lack of self-confidence as a result of the deformity.
About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Problems in the nasal area include allergies, smell disorders, polyps, and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum. Otolaryngologists can also correct the appearance of the nose.
Throat and Larynx
Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box), and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
Head and Neck
The head and neck of a person includes the important functions of sight, smell, hearing, and the appearance of the face. Otolaryngologists are trained to treat infections, benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
What to expect during the recovery for Otolaryngologic Surgery?
Since a variety of procedures can be performed, your individual recovery instructions may vary. For more information about the individual recovery processes, check out the similar procedures related to your desired Otolaryngology surgery.
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