At Lake Regional ENT & Audiology, children receive specialized care for ear, nose or throat disorders, including the following:
- Ear infections
- Tonsil and adenoid infections and enlargement
- Airway problems
- Allergies (testing and treatment for children 3 years and older)
- Sinus disease
- Head and neck tumors
Thermal Fusion Tonsillectomy
Conventional tonsillectomies can damage surrounding tissue and cause excessive bleeding with intense postoperative pain. As a result, it can take weeks for patients to recover fully and resume normal life. Dr. Barns is the only provider in the mid-Missouri area who uses state-of-the-art thermal fusion technology to remove tonsils. This procedure uses direct heat and pressure to seal and divide soft tissue quickly and delicately, thereby reducing damage to surrounding tissues. Using thermal fusion technology means a faster recovery, with significantly less pain. The surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure, and the patient can go home a few hours after surgery. The recovery period is typically half that of a traditional tonsillectomy.
Located in the back of the nasal cavity, adenoids can cause difficulty with breathing if they are too large or infected. This is more commonly a problem for children. Oversized adenoids also can cause snoring and reduce a child's ability to sleep restfully. Common signs of swollen adenoids and tonsils include a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, swollen glands in the neck and ear problems. Often, surgery to remove the adenoids is combined with surgery to remove the tonsils.
Many children and even some adults suffer from chronic ear infections. These can result in a chronic middle ear problem that leads to other issues, such as hearing loss, balance disorders, or behavior and speech problems. When these issues are present, ear tubes may be recommended. These tubes are tiny cylinders that are inserted through the eardrum to allow air to reach the middle ear space. This surgery usually is performed as an outpatient procedure under a general anesthetic.