A direct laryngoscopy is a procedure that involves the use of a laryngoscope, a special tube-like instrument which allows your doctor to directly visualize your larynx, also known as the voice box, which is in the back of your throat. The larynx contains your vocal cords and helps with talking, swallowing, and breathing.
Nasal polypectomy is a surgery performed to remove nasal polyps, which are non-cancerous, fleshy growths that develop in the mucosal lining of the nasal and paranasal sinuses. Small nasal polyps usually do not cause any symptoms, but larger polyps or groups of polyps can obstruct the nasal passages and cause problems with breathing.
Pediatric tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgical procedures performed to remove both tonsils which are the two lumps of tissue located at the back of the oral cavity on either side of the throat, and adenoids which is a mass of tissue at the back of the nasal cavity in children.
Mastoidectomy is a surgery performed to remove diseased mastoid air cells from the mastoid bone located in the skull behind the ear. The mastoid bone is filled with air cells made of bone and looks similar to a honeycomb. The term “cells” refers to the enclosed spaces of the bone.
A stapedotomy is a surgery performed in the ear to improve hearing. It involves the creation of a precise hole in the footplate of the stapes, which is a bone in the middle ear; and the placement of a micro-prosthesis. The footplate of the stapes covers the opening to the inner ear and helps carry vibration of sound into the inner ear.
At Central Coast Head and Neck Surgeons, we have a team of highly trained and experienced surgeons in oncologic surgery, to provide you with the best treatment available. We work closely with our colleagues in radiation oncology, medical oncology, speech and swallow therapists, and occupational and physical therapists to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, which is personalized and tailored to the patient.
Voice is the sound produced by humans and other vertebrates using the lungs and the vocal folds in the larynx, or voice box. Voice is not always produced as speech, however. Infants babble and coo; animals bark, moo, whinny, growl, and meow; and adult humans laugh, sing, and cry.
Your stomach is filled with acid. Its purpose is to help digest the food you eat. Believe it or not, this acid is as strong as battery acid. Your stomach is built to handle it. Your esophagus and throat are not. When acid backs up into your esophagus, it can cause the burning sensation known as heartburn.
The human ear is an organ concerned with hearing and equilibrium. It converts sound waves into electrochemical signals that are interpreted by the brain and helps you maintain your sense of balance. Anatomically, the ear can be divided into the outer ear, the tympanic membrane, the middle ear, and the inner ear.