Head and Neck Care in Palm Harbor, FL
Board certified otolaryngologist Dr. Jose Berrios specializes in the surgical treatment of the following conditions of the head and neck at his office in Palm Harbor, FL. Call Gulfcoast Ear, Nose & Throat Associates at (727) 942-4005 to schedule an appointment today.
Head & Neck Surgeries
A tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy are surgical procedures to remove tonsils and adenoids. Occasionally, tonsils and adenoids can become inflamed or infected, requiring surgery to remove.
The thyroid gland is prone to developing a range of problems, most of which involve hormone fluctuation, an increase in the growth of the thyroid, formation of benign lumps and nodules, and formation of malignant lumps and nodules.
If your parathyroid glands produce too much or too little PTH, it disrupts the balance of calcium and phosphorus in the body, which can cause non-cancerous, hyperactive conditions.
If you have been suffering from migraine headaches or have a family history of migraines, your physician be able to diagnose you based on this history. Migraines headaches can be very painful and vary in intensity and are often experienced with nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
Other Head & Neck Conditions Treated
Disorders of the facial nerve can occur with anyone. Since otolaryngologists (head and neck surgeons) have special training and experience in managing facial nerve disorders, they are the most qualified physicians to perform an in-depth evaluation of abnormal movement or paralysis of the face. While medications are often used as part of the treatment, in certain circumstances, surgical removal of the bone around the nerve (decompression surgery) may be appropriate.
The tonsils are tasked with helping the body to fight off infection, though they can often become infected themselves with the hefty amount of germs that make their way into the mouth and nose. When this infection occurs, it is known medically as a condition of tonsillitis.
Saliva is critical for everyday functions such as swallowing and digestion, and can also help to protect teeth from decay caused by bacteria. Saliva is produced by three specific glands in the body called the submandibular gland, the sublingual gland, and the parotid gland. The parotid gland accounts for approximately 25% of all saliva production in the mouth.
Dysfunctions of the parotid gland, or problems within the cells of this tissue, may require comprehensive treatment from an ENT. Such treatment is most often related to a type of parotid surgery.
Facial Injuries & Condition
Surgical intervention may be called for to address fractures in the delicate bones around the sinuses, eye sockets, bridge of the nose or cheekbones. Lower facial injuries including the upper and lower jaws may affect how your teeth fit together. Surgeries performed to restore a normal bite, can be done from inside the mouth to prevent visible scarring of the face.
Nasal Injuries & Conditions
Nose fractures may sometimes require surgery depending on the severity. Surgery is also performed to correct breathing difficulties and internal and external deformities of the nose.
Neck injuries may involve specific structures within the neck, such as the larynx (voicebox), esophagus (food passage), or major blood vessels and nerves. Depending on their severity, they may require surgical intervention.
The larynx (voicebox) is a complex organ consisting of cartilage, nerves and muscles located within a protective tissue (cartilage) framework. If the cartilages are fractured or dislocated, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct them and to eliminate airway obstruction.
Head and Neck Tumors
By their nature, malignant growths can be life threatening. Surgical intervention is often used to remove them and can be used in conjunction with other therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy. Surgery may also be used to remove benign growths of blood vessels often referred to as hemangiomas, vascular malformations, lymphatic and arteriovenous malformations (AVM).