Pediatric ENT Surgery

Children are highly prone to infections and disorders of the ear, nose and throat. One reason is that their immune system is not fully developed, making them more vulnerable to infections and allergies. Another reason is that the structures inside the ear, nose, and throat of children is not completely developed either, and hence may not function properly.

Pediatric ENT Surgery

Children are highly prone to infections and disorders of the ear, nose and throat. One reason is that their immune system is not fully developed, making them more vulnerable to infections and allergies. Another reason is that the structures inside the ear, nose, and throat of children is not completely developed either, and hence may not function properly.
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Pediatric ENT Surgery

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Pediatric ENT Surgery

Children are highly prone to infections and disorders of the ear, nose and throat. One reason is that their immune system is not fully developed, making them more vulnerable to infections and allergies. Another reason is that the structures inside the ear, nose, and throat of children is not completely developed either, and hence may not function properly.

Pediatric ENT Surgery in UAE for children with best Pediatric ENT Surgeons. Children are highly prone to infections and disorders of the ear, nose and throat. One reason is that their immune system is not fully developed, making them more vulnerable to infections and allergies. Another reason is that the structures inside the ear, nose, and throat of children is not completely developed either, and hence may not function properly.  Whether your child’s condition is routine or complicated, our Pediatric ENT, Dubai team will surely deliver the best level of care by proffering compassionate assistance right from initial assessment till preferred surgery. If you are looking for best pediatric ent doctor in dubai then Dr Muddazir is the best doctor for your health.

Pediatric ENT surgery necessitates an extensive experience while dealing with children especially. Our most proficient team in UAE is quite efficient in providing comprehensive services vide most contemporary techniques under complex conditions. Dr. Muddazir has long been the best choice in UAE for all guardians who seek perfect treatment for their kids’ challenging situations. If you are looking for best pediatric ENT specialist near you in UAE, then Dr Muddazir is the best doctor for your health.

 

Common Ear Problems

Most children suffer from at least two or more of these in childhood:

  • Hole in the ear drum ( Tympanic membrane)
  • Decreased hearing
  • Otitis media – middle ear infection
  • Loss of hearing
  • Speech delay
  • Cholesteatoma – a noncancerous growth in the middle ear and mastoid causing scanty,foul smelling ear discharge

Common Problems of the Nose

  • Chronic runny nose (rhinorrhea)
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Sinusitis
  • Nose bleeds (Epistaxis)
  • Nasal masses (growths)

Common Throat Problems

  • Recurrent Tonsillitis and sore throat
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Tongue-tie
  • Snoring and Sleep apnea
  • Vocal cord lesions
  • Hoarseness
  • Enlarged Adenoid

When Should you Take your Child to your ENT Surgeon?

While it is normal for a child to have colds, coughs, runny noses and earaches, you should not ignore their symptoms. Book a consultation with us and bring in your child if you see any of the following symptoms in them:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Foreign body in the ear,nose or throat
  • Consistent earache
  • Snoring and difficulty in sleeping
  • Persistent fluid buildup in the ear
  • Fluid oozing from the ear
  • Speech delay
  • Recurring ear or nose infections
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Chronic stuffed nose or nasal congestion
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus – ringing in the ear
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Red swollen tonsils
  • Scratchy voice
  • Feeling of ears being blocked or pressure in ears
  • Greenish colored mucus discharge from nose

What Pediatric ENT Surgeries Do We Perform?

Adenoidectomy

This is a surgery performed to remove your child’s adenoids. The adenoids are masses of lymph tissue which play an important role in your child’s immunity. They are located in the throat and fight bacteria and viruses that enter your child’s body. The adenoids usually shrink as the child grows, and are gone by adulthood.

With severe or recurrent infections of the ear and nose or tonsils, the adenoids can become enlarged and block the airways. These are the symptoms of adenoiditis:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Hoarse sound
  • Snoring while sleeping
  • Fluid build up in the ear

We will conduct a thorough examination and may order tests or scans if we feel they are necessary for a proper diagnosis. If the adenoiditis does not respond to medication and there are recurring infections, surgery may be recommended.

Tonsillectomy

The tonsils are important for fighting infections caused by bacteria and viruses; they are located at the back of the throat. It is very common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. If your child has these symptoms, they could have tonsillitis:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck
  • Bad breath
  • Stomachache

Of course, we will conduct a detailed examination and do a few tests to diagnose the condition and formulate a treatment plan. Sometimes it subsides on its own, or responds to medication. However, if that does not happen, and it flares up repeatedly, your child may need surgery.

Adenotonsillectomy

In this surgery, the adenoids and the tonsils are both removed. If your child has been having tonsillitis and adenoiditis, with the symptoms mentioned above, and has difficulty sleeping at night, we may recommend the removal of both these glands.

We perform the three above mentioned surgeries using the most advanced Medtronic Di Zact device for tonsillectomy and  microdebrider or Coblator technology or both for adenoidectomy

Ventilation tube insertion( Grommet insertion)

Recurrent serous otitis media, or Fluid in the middle ear, is a very common condition in young kids. It is caused by a virus or bacteria, which travels from the nose or throat to the ear and causes effusion, or a fluid buildup in the child’s middle ear. The condition is symptomized by:

  • Hearing difficulties
  • Speech delay
  • Earache
  • Extreme irritability
  • Fever
  • Fluid drainage from the ear
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Impaired balance
  • Tugging at the ear

In many cases, it resolves on its own; however, in some children, the infection can be chronic or very severe. When you bring in your child with these symptoms, we will evaluate them in detail, and recommend insertion of a ventilation tube if necessary.

These tubes made of teflon or titanium helps in:

  • Improving the hearing
  • Reducing the pressure inside the ear
  • Draining the buildup of mucus and pus from the ear
  • Using antibiotic drops inside the ear to treat the infection

This is a very simple and commonly performed procedure that only takes a few minutes. Young children and babies are put under general anesthesia.

Tympanoplasty (Repair of Perforated Eardrum)

Perforated eardrums are quite common in children, as they are likely to injure their ears while playing. If your child experiences the following:

  • Recurrent ear discharge
  • Decreased hearing
  • Recurrent earaches
  • Pus- or blood-filled mucus oozing from the ear

It is quite likely that your child has a perforated or ruptured eardrum. We can repair the eardrum easily through microscopic or endoscopic surgery, with minimal discomfort to your child and no visible scarring outside.

Pre-auricular sinus surgery

A pre-auricle sinus appears as a tiny pit in front of the external ear, and is a congenital (since birth) malformation which is quite common. Mostly it is asymptomatic, but sometimes it oozes a foul smelling liquid, and can be vulnerable to recurrent infections, cellulitis, or formation of pus.

When this sinus becomes infected, surgery is usually indicated. However, when you bring your child in for a consultation, we will conduct a detailed examination and run tests if needed before making the decision to surgically remove this pre-auricle sinus.

Tongue-tie release (frenulectomy)

The frenulum is a tiny fold of tissue located under your tongue, in the center, and it helps to secure the tongue in your mouth. It also helps to stabilize the tongue movements. In some children, this membrane attaches the tongue to the floor of their mouth, causing a condition known as tongue tie (ankyloglossia). As a parent, you need to know that your child has tongue tie if they have:

  • Difficulty in moving the tongue side to side
  • Difficulty in lifting the tongue to the upper teeth
  • Trouble in sticking the tongue out past the front lower teeth
  • Tongue that looks heart shaped when stuck out
  • Difficulty in breast feeding
  • Delayed or difficult speech

The causes for this happening are unknown, and are usually hereditary. Tongue tie can also make it difficult for your child to do normal oral activities like licking an ice-cream cone, or playing a wind instrument.

This can be resolved through surgery – either by simply snipping the frenulum free, or by removing it altogether. We will discuss treatment options when you bring your child in, and we conduct an evaluation.

FAQs – Pediatric ENT Surgery in Dubai

  • Is there an alternative option to surgery?

Some conditions are treatable with medications, but some require surgery.  In some cases, variety of antibiotics and medications as well as hearing devices might be recommended by ENT specialist but complete evaluation is necessary. Our Pediatric ENT Dubai team would go for a thorough examination, go through medical history and conduct various important tests, and explore treatment options with you before suggesting for surgery. We will conduct a thorough examination, go through medical history and conduct tests, and explore treatment options with you.

  • Are any of these surgeries risky for my child?

Every surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk; however, at Aster, our ENT surgical team is highly skilled and experienced, and we take every precaution to ensure there is little to no risk to your child. We will discuss every possible complication in detail with you prior to the surgery. Our highly proficient team makes your child ready for surgery by giving him ample of motivation and will power. Also, we believe in proffering intense care and support to children as well as their parents as our team members are available 24/7 for your services.

  • When can I take my child home?

Most ENT surgeries performed on children take only a few minutes or a couple of hours, and you may be able to take your child home on the same day. If we feel during post-operative observation that your child needs to be under medical supervision for longer, we may recommend that your child spends the night at the hospital.

  • Will the surgery hurt?

Your child will be given an anesthetic – local or general, and will not be aware of what is happening. There may be slight pain or discomfort after the surgery which is normal.

  • What precautions should I take for my child after the surgery at home?

The post-surgery instructions are likely to differ for individual children, however, here are some common precautions:

    • Let them get plenty of rest
    • Ensure the child is well hydrated
    • Do not allow them to play outdoors or indulge in physical activity for a week.
    • Ensure the ear or nose is not rubbed after bathing, but gently patted
    • Don’t let them pick their nose or insert anything in the ear
    • No forceful nose blowing
    • Gently place sterile cotton balls to absorb drainage in the first couple of days
    • Bring your child in for emergency consultation if you notice abnormal bleeding, pain that does not go away, continuous discharge, or severe discomfort.

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