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.
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:
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.
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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.
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
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
Nose and sinuses
- sinus disease/nasal diseases
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.