Treatment Process for ENT Conditions
The treatment a child receives depends on the ear, nose, or throat condition and its severity. Some can simply be treated with medicine and others are better treated with surgery. Phoenix Children’s cares for every child individually.
- Should your child need care, it is usually arranged as a referral from your pediatrician.
- To prepare your child for the consultation, be honest about the steps ahead. Children are more at ease when they understand why they are coming to the hospital. Phoenix Children’s does everything possible to ensure that your child is comfortable.
- At the consultation, the doctor reviews your child’s medical history and completes a physical examination.
- To reach a diagnosis, the doctor may perform tests and ask questions to determine what condition your child may have.
- The doctor reviews any concerns or questions you may have.
- You discuss treatment options and the next steps, best suited for your child’s condition and needs.
ENT Surgery at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Ear tube placement and tonsils/adenoid removal are two of the most common procedures for children. Phoenix Children’s specializes in the care of children with chronic and recurrent ear infections, which are often treated with ear tubes. This common procedure takes about five minutes to complete, and the child is usually able to go home within the same day.
Phoenix Children’s also performs more than 500 tonsil and adenoid removals per year due to recurrent tonsillitis, obstructive sleep disordered breathing and sleep apnea in children. The type of surgery performed will depend on the individual needs of each child.
Surgeries performed at Phoenix Children’s are attended by pediatric anesthesiologists who have extensive training and experience in giving anesthesia to children. Comprehensive follow-up care takes place in the doctor’s office at scheduled intervals and on an as-needed basis.