Richmond’s Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
Otolaryngologists – Head and Neck Surgeons are physicians who have specialized in medical and surgical diseases of the ears, nose and throat. In addition to common problems such as hearing loss, ear infections, sinusitis, allergies and tonsillitis, we are the regional experts for most surgeries in the head, neck and face. We treat a variety of infections, tumors and other illnesses of the salivary glands, the mouth and throat, the thyroid gland, the trachea and the esophagus.
Adult Head & Neck Cancers
More than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck this year. The most common causes are tobacco and alcohol abuse. Fortunately, many of these cases are curable with early detection and treatment. If you have persistent hoarseness, swallowing difficulty, throat pain, or any non-healing sore or unexplained lump, you should see your physician.
Salivary & Thyroid Diseases
The saliva glands are located in and around the mouth and throat. The major salivary glands are called the parotid (in front of the ear), submandibular (under the jaw) and sublingual (under the tongue) glands. There are also minor glands located within the mouth and throat. Most swellings of the salivary glands represent either a collection of fluid, infection, or a benign mass. Malignant tumors are quite rare. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck just above the collarbone. It produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism, bone growth, and heat production. Like the salivary glands, most growths in the thyroid gland are benign.
Pediatric Head & Neck Surgery
Though there are rare tumors of the head and neck which can affect children, most swellings or lumps are simply enlarged lymph nodes due to common childhood infections which often resolve with medical therapy. The majority of other pediatric head and neck masses are curable with surgical therapy.
The frequency of skin cancer in the United States is doubling every 10-20 years. There will be over one million cases of skin cancer this year – almost as many as all other cancer types combined. Boomers are at the greatest risk of developing skin cancer, having grown up with the luxury of summer vacations and a belief that a dark tan is a sign of good health. Do you remember choosing between SPF 2 and SPF 4? Once you had a good base tan, did you abandon “dark tanning oil” for plain baby oil? Have you ever had a bad sunburn? Have you ever used a tanning bed or sunlamp? If you are over 40 and can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may be at risk for skin cancer.