Ear, Nose & Throat
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At Lake Regional ENT & Audiology, both adult and pediatric patients receive ENT care from a board-certified ear, nose and throat specialist, Otolaryngologist Edward Barns, M.D., FACS. Dr. Barns and his team have advanced, specialized training and state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment capabilities.
- Chronic otitis media with effusion
- Tympanic membrane perforation
- Chronic otomastoiditis
Nose and Sinus Disorders
- Stuffy nose
- Loss of smell
- Deviated septum
- Sore throat
- Swallowing disorders
Head and Neck Tumors
- Voice box
- Upper esophagus
- Thyroid and parathyroid
- Hay fever
- Seasonal and perennial rhinitis
- Chronic sinusitis
- Sore throat
- Otitis media (ear infection)
Millions of adults and children experience nasal allergies, commonly known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. An allergy is an immune system response to a substance the body has determined to be an unwelcome invader. When the immune system recognizes one of these invaders, it triggers a series of reactions to get rid of it.
Lake Regional ENT offers advanced allergy testing and treatments, including immunotherapy. This treatment desensitizes patients to allergens, using either allergy shots or sublingual allergy drops, which are delivered under the tongue. Allergy testing and immunotherapy are available for both adults and children 3 years old and older.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
When medical treatment for sinus problems isn't effective, endoscopic sinus surgery may be recommended. This surgery involves inserting a very thin fiber-optic tube called an endoscope into the nose so the surgeon can examine and see the sinuses. Using tiny, state-of-the-art surgical instruments, the doctor can remove abnormal and obstructive tissues, such as polyps. The advantage of this procedure compared to traditional sinus surgery is that endoscopic surgery is less extensive and usually can be performed on an outpatient basis with a quick recovery.
Dr. Barns provides ENT services at Prairie Hills Clinic, 1109 Clay Road, Versailles, MO. To make an appointment, call 573.539.2600.