ENT Procedures

Some of the more common procedures preformed by Dr. Namdar include:

Myringotomy and Tubes

When medical therapy has failed to alleviate fluid in the ears, or when the patient has a history of recurrent bouts of ear infections, placement of tubes directly into the eardrums is necessary to prevent future complications. For children, this is usually performed in the operating room under mask anesthesia. For adults, the procedure can be performed in the office setting. This is a very short treat-and-release procedure, and no significant recovery is necessary afterwards.

Septoplasty and/or Turbinate Reduction

If the midline wall of the nose (septum) or the side walls of the nose (turbinates) are felt to be deviated or enlarged and contributing to nasal obstructive symptoms, surgery might be necessary to correct this anatomical problem. The procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia for most patients. Dr. Namdar does not use the traditional packing that completely block the nasal passages. Rather, a plastic stent in the shape of a straw is inserted into the nasal passages to allow for appropriate breathing during the recovery phase. This is usually removed during the first postoperative visit.
Endoscopic sinus surgery. For patients with the recurrent sinus infections and blockage, sinus surgery may be necessary to reduce the frequency and intensity of future infections. This procedure is usually performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Endoscopes and microscopic instruments are used to further widen the sinus openings. Dr. Namdar has completed additional training to become familiar with the use of balloon sinuplasty for this purpose. This is a minimally invasive protocol to minimize post-op discomfort. Click here to learn more about Acclarentâ„¢

Tonsillectomy

Tonsils are usually part of the body's immune system. In certain cases, the size of the tonsils, and/or recurrent infections, make it necessary to remove the tonsils. This procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. The majority of the patients can go home the same day. Unfortunately, tonsillectomy is one of the more uncomfortable procedures for the patients afterwards. Dr. Namdar is very compassionate about your post-op pain medication needs, and a variety of different types of medicines are provided for proper recovery.

UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)

This is the procedure where part of the palate and uvula ("little tongue") are removed to alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring. Currently, Dr. Namdar uses a laser for this protocol. The procedure is performed under anesthesia in the operating room. Most patients should be able to go home the same day.

Thyroidectomy

The thyroid is a hormone gland located in the lower part of the neck. A variety of lesions that grow in the thyroid might make it necessary for the gland to be partially or totally removed. This procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Most patients might stay overnight for recovery.

Parathyroidectomy

The parathyroids are four small glands scattered through the neck that are in charge of the calcium regulation of the body. Occasionally, one or more of them may overproduce the hormone special to that gland. At this point in time, the only way to address the problem is by surgical excision of the affected individual gland. This procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Most patients stay overnight for recovery in the hospital.

Parotidectomy

The parotid glands are saliva glands located on the sides of the cheek. They release saliva directly into the mouth during chewing and swallowing. A variety of benign or malignant lesions might grow within the glands. Once again, the treatment is surgery for removal of the affected part. The procedure is performed under anesthesia in the operating room. Most patients stay in the hospital overnight for recovery.

For more information about ENT Procedures, or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call 212-262-4444.