Ear, Nose & Throat

Comprehensive care of medical conditions involving the head and neck.

Services: Ear, Nose & Throat

Southeastern ENT specializes in the treatment of both adult and pediatric disorders of the head and neck. Our expertise includes the medical and surgical care of diseases involving the ear, nose, sinuses, throat, face, and neck. Some of the most common otolaryngology procedures performed by our specialists are described here.

  • Sinus Surgery

    Our specialists are trained in both Minimally Invasive Balloon Sinuplasty as well as standard Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS).
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  • Ear Tubes

    Tympanostomy is the placing of plastic tubes through the eardrum, allowing air into the middle ear to treat and prevent ear infections.
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  • Eardrum Repair

    Tympanoplasty is surgery to repair or reconstruct the eardrum (tympanic membrane) usually due to a hole or perforation.
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  • Adenoidectomy

    The adenoid is a common cause of nasal congestion, snoring and "sinusitis" in infants and young children.
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  • Deviated Septum Repair

    We provide deep experience in septoplasty, a surgical procedure used to correct defects or deformities of the Nasal Septum.
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  • Nasal Obstruction Surgery

    Turbinate reduction surgery corrects nasal obstruction by decreasing airway resistance while preserving natural turbinate function.
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  • Sleep Apnea Treatment

    Southeastern ENT provides a full spectrum of sleep apnea diagnoses and treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.
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  • Botox® & Fillers

    We offer expert physician services in cosmetic injectables, including Botox®, Juvederm® and Radiesse®.
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Detailed Descriptions

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Recurrent sinus and ear infections, enlarged adenoids & airway obstruction often require an Adenoidectomy…which is the surgical removal of the adenoids. Adenoids (along with tonsils) function, early in life, as the body’s first line of defense by sampling bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth or nose. Over time in children, the adenoids often become diseased and enlarged to create an airway obstruction accompanied by repeated bacterial infections of the nose and ears. Removing the adenoids eliminates these problems and improves ear infections, pediatric sinus disorders, nasal obstruction, and sleep disordered breathing.

What are Adenoids?

Adenoids are a tissue mass located in the back of the nose and are similar to the lymph nodes found in the neck, groin and armpits. Unlike tonsils, adenoids are not visible through the mouth without use of special instruments. The adenoids typically shrink as we age and are often very small and insignificant in adults.

Effects Of Enlarged Adenoids (Hypertrophy)

Persistent and recurrent ear infections, breathing difficulties including snoring/sleep apnea/ loud breathing, foul breath and chronic sinus infections are common problems caused by enlarged adenoids in children and teens.

Most Common Symptoms of Enlarged Adenoids
  •  Mouth breathing instead of nose breathing
  •  “Blocked” nasal sound when speaking
  •  Recurring and persistent ear infections (Otitis Media)
  •  Snoring at night
  •  Breathing stops, for a few seconds, repeatedly during the night when snoring or loud breathing. This is called Sleep Apnea.
  •  Daytime sleepiness in adults and behavioral problems in children
  •  Chronic earaches/infections and hearing loss
  •  Pediatric sinus infections (Sinusitis)
  •  Persistent runny nose
Causes Of Enlarged Adenoids

Similar to tonsillitis, bacterial and viral infections in children (usually less than age 4) often cause enlargement and chronic inflammation of the adenoid pad. In some children, there is no history of infection and the adenoids enlarge due to the maturation of the immune system. The adenoids can serve as a reservoir for bacteria which are known to cause ear infections and are often removed when multiple sets of ear tubes are necessary in a child. In adults, an enlarged adenoid is rare and is often biopsied to rule out a cancerous process.

Treatments for Enlarged Adenoids

Our physicians first employ the least invasive treatment for enlarged/infected adenoids: antibiotics and observation. Surgical removal is necessary in children when breathing is hindered and sleep apnea is present. For these patients, a tonsillectomy is often performed with the adenoidectomy. Removal of the adenoid pad is also recommended when a child has persistent sinus infections which do not respond to antibiotics.

Chronic infection and enlargement of the adenoids in children can also affect the Eustachian tubes which causes recurrent, frequent ear infections and possible hearing loss. Adenoidectomy has proven to be beneficial for children with chronic ear infections and middle-ear fluid (Otitis Media), and is commonly performed in combination with Tympanostomy tube placement (Ear Tubes) in order to achieve complete relief.

Adenoidectomy is almost always done as an outpatient procedure and has a very short recovery time (usually less than 48 hours) with a minimal risk of complication.

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Our Specialists

Southeastern ENT brings together the very best specialists, clinical, and support staff dedicated to providing you the highest commitment to professionalism, integrity, and ethical conduct. It is our mission to treat each patient with the individual attention and respect we would want for our own families!

Chad Gunnlaugsson, M.D.

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