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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Division of Otolaryngology at St. Francis Hospital. We pride ourselves on focusing on the latest technological advances in our field that allow us to perform surgery safely and with confidence in achieving the best possible outcomes. Our division is at the forefront of technological innovation, offering minimally invasive sinus surgery to our patients. For example, BrainLAB ENT for sinus surgery is an image-guided endoscopic procedure, which in most cases is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving no external scars.

The otolaryngologists at St. Francis Hospital use these latest techniques combined with an emphasis on personalized care. Our goal is to treat patients as we would want our own families treated.

We invite you to call with questions or to schedule a consultation.
- Philip W. Perlman, M.D., Director of Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology - An Overview

Our division utilizes the latest technology in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. Not only do we perform the basic surgeries, including tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and myringotomy in children, but our physicians are well trained in more complex surgeries as well.

Over the past ten years, sinus surgery has undergone many improvements using Image Guided Technology consisting of CAT scans integrated with computer technology. St. Francis Hospital is at the forefront of these advances and our surgeons are well trained in the newest techniques.

Our staff includes highly trained head and neck surgeons who treat disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, salivary glands and head and neck cancers. We also have physicians who specialize in otologic surgery and treat middle ear disease, including otosclerosis and cholesteatomas.

In addition, our division has Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who perform the latest in facial cosmetic surgeries.

Conditions Treated

  • Tonsils/Adenoids
  • Sinus surgery
  • Head and neck masses
  • Ear surgery
  • Facial plastic surgery

Key Treatments

Sinus Surgery - Using image-guided technology, the sinus surgeons at St. Francis Hospital combine CAT scans and computers to make sinus surgery safer and more efficient. The surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure using an intranasal approach without any incisions.

Head and Neck Surgery - Head and neck tumors and masses are treated by highly trained physicians in this division. If patients need to stay overnight they are made very comfortable and are cared for by the exceptional nursing staff.

Ear Surgery - The otolaryngologists at St. Francis Hospital perform many procedures including stapedectomy for otosclerosis, mastoid surgery for chronic middle ear disease and tympanic membrane repairs among others.

Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy - The most basic ENT surgical procedure is tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy and is performed here at St. Francis Hospital. Children are cared for by the nursing staff in the immediate post operative period and most children can go home the same day.

Sleep Apnea - Surgery for sleep apnea including uvulopharyngplasty (UVPP) is performed to relieve patients of obstructing tissue that can cause this life threatening problem. Patients are usually kept overnight to monitor their safety.


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