Throat problems can disrupt sleep, breathing, and general good health. Fortunately, treatments can be fairly routine and effective for these patients. At the Shea Ear Clinic, Dr. Staffel has been treating throat patients for over 20 years through consultations, evaluation and surgery. His expertise covers tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy as well as many conditions related to voice, swallowing, hoarseness and infections.
Almond-shaped collections of the lymphatic or immune system, tonsils can cause problems when enlarged or swollen. Common conditions are upper airway resistance syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea and chronic tonsillitis.
Removal of the tonsils is a tonsillectomy, a relatively common and straightforward procedure. At Shea, patients can expect:
- Same day surgery
- Surgery lasts about 30 minutes
- Treatment for both children and adults
- Recovery in about one week.
Children seem to tolerate the operation and the postoperative diet of ice cream and Jello® quite well. Adults tend to have a little more pain after the surgery, probably because of the scarring from previous infections. We have found that patients do quite well by simply taking their pain medicine on schedule. Most adolescent patients lose about ten pounds despite a relatively steady diet of ice cream.
The adenoids are tonsillar tissue located behind the soft palate at the back of the nose. Enlarged adenoids can cause blockage/infection in the eustachian tube, cause nasal obstruction and difficulty breathing, and recurrent sinus infections.
Surgical removal of the adenoids is minor surgery, taking 30 minutes and patients return home the same day. Rare complications include bleeding and escape of nasal fluid.
At Shea, Dr. Staffel’s patients report fewer episodes of ear fluid, less infections, fewer sinus problems and better breathing.
Common hoarseness, swelling of the vocal cords or laryngitis, is caused for several reasons.
- A viral infection
- Post nasal drainage
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- Voice abuse
- Mucosal lesion
- Paralysis of the vocal cords
When hoarse, it is natural for patients to want to speak louder. This, however, can actually cause more swelling. At Shea clinic, we offer patients many options to improve voice health, including therapy, medications, education and surgery.