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Head And Neck Surgery




Facial Fractures

Facial fractures are broken bones in the face. Many situations can cause facial fractures. Motor vehicle crashes, sporting injuries, falls, and assault account for the majority, although injuries from gunshot wounds and stabbings occur as well. Of note, the nose is the most-commonly fractured bone in the human body.

Facial fractures can involve bones of the forehead, brow, upper jaw, lower jaw, cheeks, and nose or eye sockets. A closed fracture is one in which the skin is not broken. An open or compound fracture involves laceration of the skin. Most facial fractures heal rapidly with very few complications.

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Head and Neck Cancer

This year, more than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck (most of which is preventable); nearly 13,000 of them will die from it.

Early detection of head and neck cancer

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of these deaths. In the United States, up to 200,000 people die each year from smoking-related illnesses. The good news is that this figure has decreased due to the increasing number of Americans who have quit smoking. The bad news is that some of these smokers switched to smokeless or spit tobacco, assuming it is a safe alternative. This is untrue. By doing so, they are only changing the site of the cancer risk from their lungs to their mouths. While lung cancer cases are decreasing, cancers in the head and neck appear to be increasing, but they are curable if caught early. Fortunately, most head and neck cancers produce early symptoms. You should know the potential warning signs so you can alert your doctor as soon as possible. Remember—successful treatment of head and neck cancer depends on early detection. Knowing and recognizing its signs can save your life.

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Head and Neck Tumors

Head and neck cancers are those that arises in the head or neck region (in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx [voice box]).* Head and neck cancers are a very diverse group of cancers that can be very challenging in effective treatment due to the complicated anatomy present in this area of the body. Many of them arise as a result of the use of tobacco and alcohol, but can occur as a result of radiation exposure, human papilloma virus (HPV – the virus that causes warts), sun exposure, and other causes. Head and neck cancers account for approximately 3 to 5 percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are more common in men and in people over age 50.

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Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck, below the larynx (voice box) and just above your clavicles (collarbones). It is shaped like a “bow tie,” having two halves (lobes): a right lobe and a left lobe joined by an “isthmus.”. The parathyroid glands are very small bean shaped glands located very near the thyroid gland. The parathryoid glands regulate calcium levels in the body.

Diseases of the thyroid gland are very common, affecting millions of Americans. ENT Surgeons are usually involved in the workup and surgicial treatment of lumps in the thyroid which might represent cancer. Parathyroid surgery is usually for a benign growth of glands which are overactive and causing symptoms.


Image Guided Surgery

Image-guided surgery refers to a surgical procedure in which the instruments that the surgeon uses are tracked by various means and their exact location is displayed on a screen that shows an X-ray image of the anatomy that was obtained before surgery. Image-guided surgery was originally developed for brain surgery but is now most-commonly used by otolaryngologists for sinus surgery. The technology allows surgeons to view the human body — a dynamic, three-dimensional structure itself — in real-time 3D.

Image-guided surgery benefits the patient in that it can shorten operating times and lower the incidence of complications. The doctors of ENT Partners of Texas use the Brain Lab System, the most widely-used image-guided system available today. They have many years experience using this technology to perform safe endoscopic sinus surgery.


Sialolithiasis (salivary gland stone) is the most common disease of the salivary glands, affecting 12 in 1000 people in the adult population. It can occur at any age and most commonly occurs in the salivary gland that are located under your jaw, called submandibular glands. They also occur in the parotid gland, which is located in your cheek. These occur when calcium deposits in the duct of the gland, blocking the flow of saliva, causing pain and discomfort associated with eating. This page contains information about the symptoms and treatment of this common condition.

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Thyroid Surgery

Your thyroid gland is one of the endocrine glands that make hormones to regulate physiological functions in your body, like metabolism (heart rate, sweating, energy consumed). Other endocrine glands include the pituitary, adrenal, and parathyroid glands and specialized cells within the pancreas.

The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck, below the larynx (voice box) and wraps around the front half of the trachea (windpipe). It is shaped like a bow tie, just above the collarbones, having two halves (lobes) joined by a small tissue bar (isthmus.). You can’t always feel a normal thyroid gland.

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Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (adult & pediatric)

Unfortunately, there may be a time when medical therapy (antibiotics) fails to resolve the chronic tonsillar infections that affect your child. In other cases, your child may have enlarged tonsils, causing loud snoring, upper airway obstruction, and other sleep disorders. The best recourse for both these conditions may be removal or reduction of the tonsils and adenoids. The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery recommends that children who have three or more tonsillar infections a year undergo a tonsillectomy; the young patient with a sleep disorder should be a candidate for removal or reduction of the enlarged tonsils.

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Ultrasound & FNA

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a technique that allows a biopsy of various bumps and lumps. It allows your otolaryngologist to retrieve enough tissue for microscopic analysis and thus make an accurate diagnosis of a number of problems, such as inflammation or even cancer.

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