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Otolaryngology

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Otolaryngologists, or ENT physicians as they are often names, are medical specialists trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with ENT (ear, nose and throat) diseases and disorders.

Low-Risk, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our specialists can successfully perform minimally invasive procedures, including endoscopic sinus surgery

The new surgical technologies of our days combined with the knowledge and experience of physicians at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, allow the treatment of diseases and disorders that used to be regarded as incurable – through tympanoplasty, for example, ENT surgeons are able not only to reconstruct a seriously damaged eardrum but also to improve the hearing of the patient.

Otolaryngology (or otorhinolaryngology) deals with disorders and conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) region, and in addition, with the related areas of the head and neck.

Ear related diseases and disorders include:

  • hearing loss
  • ear infections
  • balance disorders
  • ear ringing

Nose related diseases and disorders include:

  • sinusitis
  • allergies
  • polyps
  • smell disorders

Throat related diseases and disorders include:

  • voice disorders
  • swallowing disorders
  • diseases of the throat and larynx

Head and neck related diseases and disorders include:

  • infections
  • benign and malignant tumors
  • facial trauma or deformities

Physicians specialized in ENT affections may be referred to as otorhinolaryngologists, otolaryngologists, ENT doctors, ENT surgeons, or head and neck surgeons.

Patients experiencing breathing or swallowing difficulties, ear infections, hearing problems, allergy symptoms or other diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat region, are advised to consult an ENT specialist as soon as possible. Otolaryngologists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital deal with and treat a wide range of ENT conditions, including:

  • acoustic neuroma
  • balance disorders
  • barotrauma of the ear
  • earwax
  • glue ear
  • hearing loss
  • middle and outer ear infections
  • otosclerosis
  • perforated eardrum
  • swimmer’s ear
  • tinnitus
  • deviated septum
  • nasal polyps
  • nosebleed
  • sinusitis
  • smell and taste disorders
  • snoring
  • dry mouth
  • dysphagia and swallowing problems
  • facial trauma
  • halitosis (bad breath)
  • laryngitis
  • mouth ulcers
  • sleep apnea
  • sore throat
  • tonsillitis
  • vocal cord disorders
  • allergies
  • ENT region cancers
  • thyroid and parathyroid gland disorders
  • vertigo

Each of these conditions requires specialized knowledge and approach. Recent medical technology advances give ENT surgeons valuable tools that paired with experience and expertise allow timely intervention, with higher than ever chances for quick healing.

Depending on the type of affection that needs to be treated, its severity and acute or chronic nature, otolaryngologists at Marina Del Rey Hospital use many of the modern medical procedures available, among which we find:

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery (also mentioned as ESS)
  • etc.
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Myringotomy (also known as PE Tubes)
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Septoplasty (or nasal septum surgery)
  • Stapedectomy
  • Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

The number of diagnostic tools available to an ENT physician is large and lists not only X-ray procedures and CT-scans but also highly specialized in-depths testing. Some examples are:

  • Acoustic Immittance Measures
  • Audiometry
  • Auditory Brainstem Response
  • Distortion- Product Otoacoustic Emissions (or DPOAEs)
  • Electrocochleography (or EcochG)
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Videonystagmography (VNG)

The great advantage of these diagnostic tools is that they are quick, the patient does not experience pain, and allow a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of a great number of ENT disorders.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The symptoms associated with this condition can vary based on what exactly causes the infection.

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Nosebleeds can happen for a wide range of reasons such as irritation of the arterioles, dehydration of the nasal membrane, medications, nasal sprays, infections, high blood pressure, liver disorders vitamin deficiency or blood disorders.

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Strep throat is a throat infection caused by streptococcus bacteria.

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Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure and is virtually painless.

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Sinusitis is an affection involving the inflammation of the sinus lining due to an infection and it is usually treated with antibiotics or endoscopic sinus surgery.

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