Ear, Nose & Throat

Published On 01/18/2013

Most ear, nose and throat surgical procedures are offered on an outpatient basis. Some of these procedures include:

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Adenoids
  • PE tubes
  • Myringoplasty
  • Septoplasty
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Vocal cord surgery

The Stealth Station® is a revolutionary mapping system used in ear/nose/throat surgeries. The Stealth Station® is a high-tech computer system that uses three-dimensional imaging to help guide surgeons through complicated procedures.

The system provides a virtual tour of a patient's head or spine with the help of pictures from a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, a computed tomography (CT) scanner or an ultrasound machine. With the help of the pictures and infrared optics, the system creates 3-D images that pinpoint areas with one-millimeter accuracy.

This higher level of precision allows easier navigation through difficult areas, providing more safety to the patient. The "real time" images it produces are updated every eight seconds, sharing critical information about the exact location of surgical instruments. Surgeons are able to view places and positions that previously were not possible.

Benefits of Stealth Station®: 

  • Increases surgical accuracy 
  • Shortens procedure time 
  • Allows surgeons to make smaller surgical incisions  
  • Enhances visual ability of the surgeon  
  • Limits number of surgical openings  
  • Decreases length of patient hospitalization

Hearing & Balance

Hearing is one of the five senses. It is a complex process of picking up sound and attaching meaning to it. The ability to hear is critical to the attachment of meaning to the world around us.

Balance is controlled through the vestibular system that is also contained in the inner ear. Balance and equilibrium help us stay erect when standing, know where we are in relation to gravity, and help us walk, run, and move without falling. The functioning of the vestibular system depends on information from many systems, hearing as well as vision and muscle feedback.

The sense of balance is maintained by complex relationships between sense organs that are located in the ears, eyes, joints, skin, and muscles. The brain receives and processes the input from these peripheral sense organs. When the system is working successfully, the brain is able to tell us in what direction we are pointed, what direction we are moving toward, and if we are turning or standing still.

Balance problems can occur, however, when the brain receives conflicting messages from the different sense organs, or if a disease affects one or more of the sense organs.

Hearing is one of our greatest gifts, and it should be treated like the miracle it is. That's why we created the Methodist Hearing and Balance Center. It's the first of its kind in the Mid-South, and delivers a new level of comprehensive care for people who suffer hearing loss, tinnitus and other balance disorders. Specialized technology, research and expertise have been combined to effectively diagnose and treat disorders of the ear, as well as neurological or ophthalmologic balance problems in ways that can often prevent the need for surgery or prolonged medication.

It starts with a thorough evaluation of the hearing and balance system. The results determine the course of treatment. Our specialized team, which consists of five audiologists, along with a physical therapist dedicated to vestibular rehabilitation, works to pinpoint the causes of dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and other conditions. Our team also works closely with experts in the community that specialize in neurology, ophthalmology, geriatrics, psychiatry, and otolaryngology.

For more information, please call 901.516.7377.

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches cause pain in the front of your head and face. They are due to inflammation in the sinus passages that lie behind the cheeks, nose, and eyes. The pain tends to be worse when you bend forward and when you first wake up in the morning. Postnasal drip, sore throat, and nasal discharge usually occur with these headaches.

For many, chronic headaches affect every aspect of life - from employment to personal relationships. And because they tend to be most common (and severe) among the middle-aged, many are hit hardest during what should be their most productive years. In fact, billions of dollars are lost to headaches every year - in both medical expenses and the lost ability to perform at work and home.

To find a Methodist Healthcare physician in Memphis, Tennessee, please use our physician locator or call 888.777.5959.