Click on a procedure below to learn more:
- Adenoidectomy (Adults only)
- Septoplasty (for deviated septums)
- Submucosal Resection (SMR)
- Tonsillectomy (Adults only)
- Turbinectomy with Coblation
Adenoidectomy (Adults Only)
An adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoid glands. Adenoids are small lumps of tissue in the back of the throat that help fight ear, nose, and throat infections. The majority of adenoidectomies are performed in children. The adenoids usually shrink by adolescence, so adults rarely undergo the procedure.
An adenoidectomy may be needed if the adenoids become infected and swell up, blocking the nose and making it difficult to breathe. Swollen adenoids may also result in sleep apnea, chronic snoring, ear infections, and difficulty swallowing. Adenoidectomies are usually performed on an outpatient basis using a general anesthetic.
Swollen adenoids are often associated with tonsillitis and may be removed as part of an operation to remove the tonsils. This procedure is called an adenotonsillectomy.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct defects or deformities of the septum. The nasal septum is the separation between the two nostrils. In adults, it is composed of both cartilage and bone. The nasal septum has three functions: support the nose, regulate air flow, and support the mucous membranes of the nose. A number of medical conditions may indicate a need for the procedure including nasal air passage obstruction, a deviated septum, tumors, chronic and uncontrolled nosebleeds, or the presence of polyps, etc. Additionally, a septoplasty may be performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty in order to ensure that the reshaping of the nose does not result in a reduction of the amount of breathing space.
Patients who receive septoplasty can usually return home the same day or the morning after surgery. Risks or complications are relatively rare. During recovery, patients may experience bleeding, swelling, bruising, or discoloration.
Submucosal Resection (SMR)
When the partition between the nostrils (septum) is bent, patients can experience a blocked feeling, facial pain and headaches. In some cases, sinus infections and ear infections can also develop. A submucosal resection surgery (SMR) aims to correct this by removing a piece of cartilage from the septum. During the procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia. An incision will be made inside the nose and the bent cartilage and/or bone will be removed. Essentially, the goal of this surgery is to achieve a straighter septum, improving the ability to breathe and minimizing problems with the sinuses and ears.
Tonsillectomy (Adults Only)
A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils (two oval-shaped pads located in the back of the throat on each side). A tonsillectomy is needed when an individual has recurring episodes of tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils) or an infection that has not gotten better with other treatment. In some cases, a tonsillectomy may be performed if enlarged tonsils block normal breathing. This can lead to problems such as sleep apnea and difficulty eating. Occasionally, a tonsillectomy may be performed to treat cancer.
A tonsillectomy is much more common for children than for adults. The surgery is most often an outpatient procedure and uses a general anesthetic for children. Adults may require only a local anesthetic to numb the area.
Turbinectomy with Coblation
Turbinate coblation is an effective treatment for snoring that painlessly removes the tissue that causes nasal obstruction with radiofrequency technology. Patients who suffer from loud snoring have enlarged turbinates that affect their breathing and block the nasal passage. This procedure can also be used to treat chronic nasal congestion, facial pressure and nasal drainage. During the procedure, local anesthetic will be applied to the nose to minimize any discomfort. A special wand is inserted into each turbinate to carefully remove excess tissue, instantaneously reducing its size. The wand then applies coblation therapy to the area to create a channel within the turbinate. After the coblation procedure, the channel in the turbinate will shrink, relieving nasal obstruction and restoring normal breathing.