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Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Carroll Hospital Center’s board-certified otolaryngologists treat problems of the head and neck, including diseases and abnormalities of the ear, nose and throat (ENT). For a list of otolaryngologists affiliated with Carroll Hospital Center, call 410-871-7000 or search our online physician directory.

When a child is the one undergoing a procedure, pediatric-trained anesthesia providers administer anesthesia and parents may accompany their child to the operating room.

Some of the common ENT procedures we perform include:

Adenoidectomy – removal of infected or enlarged adenoids, which are tissues in the back of a child’s nasal cavity. The adenoids are similar to tonsil tissue and perform the same function. They may be removed if your child is experiencing problems such as recurrent ear infections or obstructed breathing. This procedure may be performed with or without a tonsillectomy.

Myringotomy (pediatric and adult ear tubes) – a procedure in which tiny tubes are placed in the ear drum to permit air flow to the middle ear. This procedure is used to help people with chronic ear infections and/or fluid in the middle ear.

Neck and throat surgery for cancer – doctors use a variety of surgical procedures to remove cancerous cells in the throat, nasal passages, mouth or lips, often in conjunction with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.

Parathyroidectomy
– surgical removal of one or more of the parathyroid glands. The parathyroid gland regulates the level of calcium in the blood and may require removal if the calcium level is markedly elevated.

Parotidectomy – surgery performed on the parotid gland, which is the largest gland producing saliva to aid in food digestion. Surgery is often indicated when there is an infection that cannot be treated more conservatively or if there is a tumor.

Repair of nasal fractures –
a nose that has been broken badly enough to need repositioning can be surgically repaired to improve function and appearance.

Sinus surgery – a procedure that removes diseased sinus tissue and reroutes the affected sinus to improve airflow and drainage. Most sinus surgery is performed endoscopically to avoid the need for incisions through the skin. Computer mapping may be used to improve visualization, particularly for patients with repeated sinus surgery.

Thyroidectomy – surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland, often to treat hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), enlarged nodules, thyroid cancer, or an enlarged thyroid that is causing difficulty swallowing or breathing. Our surgeons use electronic nerve monitoring to protect your voice.

Tonsillectomy – the removal of infected or enlarged tonsils, which are collections of lymphoid tissue (immune cells) in the back of the throat, to treat chronic or recurrent tonsillitis, sore throat, obstruction of the upper airway or dental issues. Your doctor may use Coblation, a technique using radiofrequency (RF) to carefully remove affected tissue while preserving healthy tissue.