Pediatric ENT at Medical City Frisco
Pediatric ENT (ear, nose and throat) specializes in disorders of the head and neck such as tonsillitis, sinusitis, hearing loss and various types of ear infections, as well as other afflictions of the head and neck. Medical City Frisco offers a range of treatments and surgeries such as the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that provides a sense of sound to someone who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
Ear Tubes (Tympanostomy Tubes)
Children who suffer from recurring ear infections (otitis media) may need surgery. Your pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT) may suggest tympanostomy tubes, known as ear tubes or PE tubes.
- Acute otitis media (AOM) includes symptoms of inflammation (fever, otalgia, otorrhea, irritability, anorexia, vomiting, and diarrhea) along with inflammation of the middle ear space. Signs of acute otitis media include a bulging opaque tympanic membrane (TM) and limited or no mobility of the TM on pneumatic otoscopy.
- Chronic otitis media (COM) is defined as more than 12 weeks of persistent inflammation along with a TM perforation.
Hearing test before surgery:
Children who are being evaluated for ear tubes at Medical City Frisco receive a thorough evaluation with a hearing test before surgery. Our experts—a team of pediatric ENTs—will make sure the tubes can make a measurable difference in a child’s hearing and comfort if they suffer from recurring ear infections. Once the ear tubes are in, your child will return for another hearing test to determine if his or her hearing has improved. We have designed our follow-up to manage children for the length of time they have ear tubes to make sure they remain free of ear infections and complications.
Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) surgery is one of the most common major surgeries performed on children in the U.S. About 400,000 surgeries are performed each year. The need for a T&A will be determined by your child’s ear, nose and throat surgeon and discussed with you.
- The tonsils are small, oval pieces of tissue located in the back of the mouth on either side of the throat. Tonsils help fight infection by producing antibodies. The tonsils can usually be seen in your child’s throat by using a light. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils become inflamed from infection.
- Adenoids are similar to the tonsils. The adenoids are made up of lymph tissue and are located in the nasopharynx, the space above the soft roof of the mouth. They cannot be seen by looking in your child’s nose or throat. Adenoids also help to fight infections. Adenoids may cause problems if they become enlarged or infected.
Tympanostomy tubes are used to treat conditions such as chronic middle-ear effusion, otitis media, and eustachian tube dysfunction. Otitis media (OM) is currently the second-most common disease in children with upper respiratory infections being the first. Otitis media is defined as inflammation of the middle ear space without reference to its etiology or pathogenesis. Otitis media with effusion (OME) is inflammation of the middle ear with liquid (effusion) in the middle ear space. Effusions can be serous (thin, watery), mucoid (thick, viscous), or purulent (pus).
A cochlear implant is an electronic device. The implant provides sound information to the brain in children and adults who have severe or profound hearing-impairment. The cochlear implant has two pieces of equipment. One piece is surgically placed. The other piece is worn externally. The cochlear implant delivers electrical stimulation to the inner ear bypassing the area of the ear that does not work.