Entries by misty

Tonsils and Adenoids

Tonsils and adenoids are the body’s first line of defense as part of the immune system. They “sample” bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth or nose, but they sometimes become infected. At times, they become more of a liability than an asset and may even cause airway obstruction or repeated bacterial […]

Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious health condition characterized by a repetitive stopping or slowing of breathing that can occur hundreds of times during the night. This often leads to poor quality sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. Risks of untreated sleep apnea include high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and motor vehicle accidents. It […]

Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing/Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Overview of Sleep Disordered Breathing Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a general term for breathing difficulties occurring during sleep. SDB can range from frequent loud snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) a condition involving repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep. When a child’s breathing is disrupted during sleep, the body […]

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Insight into sleeping disorders and sleep apnea Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. An otolaryngologist can help […]

After Thyroid Surgery

What happens after thyroid surgery? During the first 24 hours: After surgery, you may have a drain (tiny piece of plastic tubing), which prevents fluid and blood from building up in the wound. This is removed after the fluid accumulation has stabilized, usually within 24 hours after surgery. Most patients are discharged later the same […]

Types of Thyroid Surgery

There is good news if thyroid surgery becomes necessary. Over the last decade there have been major advances in the way thyroid surgery is performed. Improvements in technologies and techniques have now made thyroid surgery very safe, effective and relatively easy to recover from. Different types of thyroid surgery are now available to patients, including […]

Preparing for Thyroid Surgery

The most important step before undergoing thyroid surgery is to be certain that the planned surgery is appropriate for the diagnosis. In order to properly treat the disease, sometimes a partial or total thyroidectomy is necessary and in some patients lymph nodes also need to be removed during the surgery. To determine the proper surgery, […]

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat. It has two lobes joined in the middle by a strip of tissue (the isthmus). The thyroid secretes three main hormones: 1) Thyroxine, that contains iodine, needed for growth and metabolism; 2) Triiodothyronine, also contains iodine and similar in function to Thyroxine; […]