The word “surgery” causes anxiety for most people. However, knowing that the surgery will aid in diagnosing, treating or eliminating symptoms, helps an individual to accept it. Throat surgery may be performed for a variety of circumstances; from cancer detection and treatment to injury repair, treatment to eliminate chronic sore throats, compromised breathing, and more.
Throat Surgery for Cancer Diagnosis
Oral cancer, which can develop in any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue and back of the throat, may impact a person’s ability swallow and speak. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. ENT and Allergy Specialists use a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat head and neck cancer, by partnering with the area’s best oncologists, endocrinologists and other specialists to ensure the best and most effective strategy for your care plan.
Tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies, are the most common throat surgeries performed in children. These throat surgeries are often performed in individuals suffering from frequent bouts of tonsillitis or strep throat, difficulty breathing or sleep apnea. A tonsillectomy removes the tonsils (2 small glands located at the back of the throat). The tonsils’ job is to fight infection, however when they stop working and chronic infections take over, your physician may recommend a tonsillectomy. Adenoids are small amounts of tissue located above the soft roof of the mouth and like the tonsils, adenoids help fight infection.
This minimally invasive surgery is typically for patients who have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, an overactive thyroid, a goiter, or for individuals who are experiencing difficulty breathing or swallowing due to thyroid nodules. The thyroid is a gland found at the bottom of your neck, it produces hormones that regulate your metabolic rate, digestion, heart function, mood and more.
This surgery is recommended for individuals with tumors of the parotid gland. The parotid glands are found below the ears and are responsible for creating saliva. While the majority of parotid tumors are non-cancerous, it’s important to note that some are malignant and should be dealt with as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing any kind of prolonged swelling of the neck, difficulty swallowing or changes in your voice (hoarseness), don’t delay, schedule an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist for a comprehensive exam.
ENT and Allergy Specialists Surgeons have a vast understanding of ear, nose and throat disorders and have extensive experience performing these types of surgeries; offering patients a personalized approach to treatment and the best outcomes. Schedule an appointment today! 610-415-1100