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Throat & Voice

ENLARGED ADENOIDS

The adenoids, glands located at the base of your nose, are made up of lymph tissue. They can become enlarged under certain conditions leading to chronic breathing problems, regular sore throats, ear infections, or even sinus infections. Snoring and sleep apnea (a problem in which breathing during sleep is interrupted, shallow, or where it stops altogether) can become a problem if the adenoid issue isn’t fixed through surgery or medication.

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LARYNGITIS

Laryngitis is the inflammation of the larynx. The larynx is also known as the voice box, which is made up of two folds of tissue that vibrate and open and close to form sounds. Laryngitis can occur because the voice box has become infected or irritated. The inflammation can cause a distortion of the voice or hoarseness. Often, laryngitis is time-limited and not a serious disorder.

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LARYNGEAL REFLUX

Laryngeal Reflux occurs when the two sphincter muscles in the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach), do not function properly. Acid from the stomach may go up into the esophagus when this occurs, causing Laryngeal Reflux or LPR.

There are two sphincter muscles located in the esophagus, the tube which food passes through as it travels from your mouth to your stomach. If the upper and lower esophageal sphincters do not function properly, acid that has flowed into the esophagus is allowed into the throat and voice box. When this occurs, it’s called Laryngeal Reflux, or LPR.

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PILLAR PROCEDURE

The Pillar Procedures is a minimally invasive treatment that’s used to treat mild to moderate snoring and sleep apnea. During this procedure three small polyester implants are placed into the soft palate. The implants work with the body to create a fibrotic response, adding essential structural support to the soft palate, stiffening it over the course of several years. The support allows the airway to stay open during sleep to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. There are no incisions required for this procedure to be successful, so patient’s experience little discomfort from the surgery. It can be performed along with other procedures such as rhinoplasty as well. The surgery takes only about 20 minutes, but it can dramatically improve breathing and reduce nasal blockages. Recovery takes 1 to 2 days and over-the-counter medications can be used to relieve discomfort during this time. The implants are totally invisible and most people resume their normal activities and eating within about 24 hours.

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SNORING

Snoring is a common problem. It’s caused by the relaxation of muscles in and around the throat. During sleep, the air we breathe is supposed to flow silently past the soft tissues in the nose and throat. But in some cases, the air flow may cause vibration which sounds like snoring. Snoring may cause only minimal disruption during sleep or it may interrupt or even reduce the quality of sleep. Indeed, individuals who sleep next to a chronic snorer may lose sleep themselves.

Losing sleep (either for the snorer or the person sleeping next to the snorer) can lead to other problems such as high blood pressure, difficulty concentrating, and chronic fatigue. Couple may even experience intimacy issues as they take up space in separate rooms in order to sleep better. But there are ways to treat snoring. Weight loss, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol before bed, and sleeping on one’s side can help diminish snoring. More severe cases can be treated using special medical devices or surgery. Talk with your doctor to find what treatment plan would be best for you.

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TONSILLITIS

Tonsillitis is a swelling of the tonsils. This condition can be painful and irritating, but a tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that can eliminate the problem by removing the tonsils. It is typical performed to treat recurring infections of the tonsils, but a tonsillectomy may also be appropriate for individuals with chronically enlarged tonsils or sleep apnea. Tonsillectomies can be done on an outpatient basis so patients can often go home on the same day as the surgery.

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TONSILLECTOMY

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the tonsils. This surgical procedure is often performed when there has been a chronic infection of the tonsils or if the patient experiences snoring or sleep apnea. It is performed as an outpatient procedure so patients go home the same day to recover.

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