Otolaryngology / Head-Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/gol/oh/jee) is the surgical specialty that focuses on disorders of the head and neck, especially those of the ear, nose, and throat (E.N.T.). Otolaryngologists diagnose and treat a wide array of conditions including ear problems, sinus and nasal conditions, tumors, sleep disorders, voice and vocal cord abnormalities, swallowing problems, and much more.
Otolaryngologists perform surgery in the head and neck area above the collarbones, excluding the eyes, brain, and spinal column. Some examples include endoscopic sinus surgery, procedures to diagnose and treat cancer, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, ear surgery in children and adults, reconstructive procedures, and some types of plastic surgery.
Our otolaryngologists at Pacific Medical Centers are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. This certification comes after completing up to 15 years of education, including college, four years of medical school, a five-year residency, and sometimes up to two years of fellowship in subspecialty training.
Special interests at Pacific Medical Centers include thyroid and parathyroid surgery, head and neck tumors, endoscopic sinus surgery, salivary gland surgery, ear surgery, and sleep disorders.