Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

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Otolaryngology is a specialty devoted to the evaluation and treatment of ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders as well as head and neck, hearing and communication problems. We understand how ENT conditions can affect hearing, learning, speech and sleep and impact development. Our teams provide care that takes your whole child, not just the condition, into account.

 
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ENT conditions in children can range from recurring ear infections and enlarged tonsils, to sinus diseases or a complex craniofacial anomaly (irregular or abnormal growth of head and facial bones). Nemours ear, nose and throat doctors, called otolaryngologists, are board-certified ENT surgeons who are highly trained in the latest minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery techniques.

The most common procedures our surgeons perform include:
  • tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils)
  • adenoidectomy (removal of the adenoidal tissue)
  • myringotomy with tube placement (removal of fluid from the middle ear and insertion of ear tubes)

Nemours surgeons are also skilled in advanced reconstructive techniques and often work with other specialists to try to combine one or more surgeries during a single hospitalization, which helps reduce the number of times your child needs to receive anesthesia.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
 
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At Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, you can expect the very best ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) care. With the latest technology, family-designed amenities and doctors among the “Best Doctors in America”, we’re able to provide comprehensive pediatric evaluations and advanced treatment for otolaryngology (ENT) problems in children.

Providing Specialized ENT Care

Every Nemours pediatric otolaryngologist has extensive training and experience in treating wide range of ENT conditions in children and performing common procedures such as:

  • tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils)
  • adenoidectomy (removal of the adenoidal tissue)
  • myringotomy with tube placement (removal of fluid from the middle ear and insertion of ear tubes)

Our highly skilled ENT surgeons also have areas of specialization and perform complex procedures that are unique in the area.

 
Our ENT Programs and Services
Center for Rhinology and Sinus Disease

Our ENT specialists provide the newest techniques available in treating nasal (rhinology) and sinus problems in children. These techniques including the latest endoscopic surgical procedures which use a thin, flexible viewing instrument (endoscope), to provide an inside view of the nose and sinuses. We were the first in Orlando to use a new balloon sinuplasty procedure to treat sinus disease in children. With this procedure, our doctors can treat severe sinus infections by placing a special type of balloon catheter (a small tube with an inflatable balloon on its tip) into the inflamed sinus. By gradually inflating the balloon, they can successfully open the blocked sinus cavity.

Airway Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders

Our Airway Center provides specialized care for children with voice and swallowing disorders, including advanced endoscopic airway procedures which use a thin, flexible viewing instrument (endoscope), to provide an inside view of the airway. State-of-the-art voice and swallowing equipment allow our doctors and speech pathologists to evaluate and treat children with range voice and swallowing disorders, such as velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI).

VPI occurs when the soft palate muscle in roof of the mouth (velopharyngeal sphincter) fails to close off airflow during speech, allowing air to escape through the nose instead of the mouth. This can cause a resonance disorder or “nasal” speech. Our ENT team will diagnose the type and cause of your child’s problem and recommend treatment that may include speech therapy, surgical correction, or both. If surgery is needed, speech therapy is usually required after the procedure to help your child learn how to correctly produce sounds.

 
Your Child's ENT Team Members

Members from different specialties collaborate to create solutions to treat and meet your child’s needs.

Health professionals who may be involved include:
  • pediatric ENT surgeons
  • pediatric audiologists
  • behavioral health experts
  • deaf educators
  • pediatric radiologist
 
Types of ENT Conditions We Treat

Our doctors and teams provide advanced ENT care that takes your whole child, and not just the condition into account. We address areas and conditions that include:

General pediatric otolaryngology
  • recurrent ear infections
  • adenotonsillar disease
  • adenoidal enlargement or disease/strep throat
  • tonsil enlargement/infection
Rhinology

Nose and sinuses

  • sinus disease/nasal diseases
Laryngology

Treatment of diseases and disorders that affect the larynx (voice box)

  • airway problems and diseases
  • foreign body aspiration: inhaling food or objects into the airway or lungs)
  • voice disorders
  • stridor: abnormal, high-pitched breathing sound caused by a blockage in the throat or voice box (larynx)
Otology and Neurotology

Hearing and balance disorders and diseases of the ear

  • balance (vestibular) and dizziness disorders
  • auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder
  • hearing loss
  • ear drum abnormalities
  • foreign bodies of the ears or nose

We also work together to address ENT-related concerns associated with complex conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and skeletal dysplasia.

Working as a Team to Care For Your Child

Whether your child’s ENT problem is straightforward (such as a chronic ear infection) or much more complicated (such as deafness), we practice medicine in a way that brings together skills and talent from different areas of expertise.

Because we are a children’s hospital, our Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors, audiologists, surgeons, and specialists are all under one roof, so we’re well-prepared to handle your child’s health needs, and can schedule multiple appointments in one day for your convenience. If surgery or medical imaging is needed, we strive to coordinate and combine procedures, such as ear tubes and a MRI, to reduce the number of times a child may need to go under anesthesia.

As part of our family-centered approach to care, we also encourage parents to accompany their child all the way into the operating room and stay until the anesthesia medication takes effect. When families are involved, children have less anxiety and we can use less medication which results in kids waking up quicker and getting back to normal activities sooner.

 
If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital

You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless Internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the Web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.

Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
  • complimentary valet and parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café and coffee shop
  • nondenominational chapel
  • concierge services

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Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Children’s Hospital.

Our unique services include:
  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
  • neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
  • Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.

We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Family-Centered Care Means We're Here for You

At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.

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With Your Family From Clinic or Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

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