BALLOON SINUPLASTY, ALLERGIES TESTING & TREATMENT
Here's a selection of some of our featured services.
BALLOON SINUPLASTY, ALLERGIES TESTING & TREATMENT
Here's a selection of some of our featured services.
Jacksonville ENT Surgery provides caring environments where you and your family will receive the latest in ENT treatments and surgery. When you visit one of our five convenient locations, our doctors will carefully listen to your description of symptoms and answer all of your questions regarding the latest ear, nose & throat surgery, plastic & reconstructive surgery as well as non-surgical options.
Once you've had a thorough ENT exam, our doctors can outline an individualized plan that includes the latest treatments and expert care. In addition to medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat conditions, the doctors at Jacksonville ENT Surgery work closely with our patients who may be considering a procedure for facial plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery in conjunction with an ENT surgery.
Board Certified Otolaryngologists
Every day, millions of people suffer from ear problems that can be relieved by medical or surgical treatment. Common disorders of the ear involve blockage and infections. The ear is the sense organ that detects sound and helps maintain balance. The ear has three parts: outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear.
The outer ear is the most external portion and includes the external canal, and ear drum. Problems include deformity, trauma, tumors and infections.
The middle ear is an air-filled cavity behind the ear drum. It includes the three ear bones (ossicles): malleus (or hammer), incus (or anvil), and stapes (or stirrup). The malleus has a long process (the manubrium, or handle) that is attached to the mobile portion of the eardrum. The incus is the bridge between the malleus and stapes. The stapes is the smallest named bone in the human body.
Movement of the ear drum causes the ossicles to move and transfers sound energy to the cochlea (a portion of the inner ear). The Eustachian tube opening is also within the middle ear. This tube connects the middle ear to the back of the nose (nasopharynx). The Eustachian tube opens with swallowing and positive pressure. Opening of the Eustachian tube is necessary to equalize pressure between the middle ear and the surrounding atmosphere.
The inner ear includes both the organ of hearing (cochlea) and the organ for balance (labyrinth or vestibular apparatus). The cochlea contains cells that convert sound energy to electrical energy which is transferred to the brain via the auditory portion of the eighth cranial nerve. The vestibular apparatus consists of 3 semi-circular canals and the vestibule. It contains cells that are attuned to the effects of gravity and motion.
These cells detect the movement of fluid in the vestibular apparatus and convert it to electrical energy that is transferred to the brain via the vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve. The cochlea and vestibular cells are called "hair cells" because they have fingerlike projections (cilia) that extend from the main cell body.
Dizziness is a frustrating event for those who suffer from the troubling symptoms of vertigo. Loss of balance and other balance-related episodes should be addressed with our ENT doctor. Our specialists can perform balance testing to diagnosis what is disturbing the natural function of your inner ear.
If you are struggling with hearing loss, consider making an appointment to discuss your specific hearing problem with an ENT physician. Jacksonville ENT Surgery can help you find the right hearing treatment program or ear surgery to correct your problem. If you have noticed you've become hard of hearing, contact our office to schedule an ear examination and hearing test.
We specialize in the treatment of outer and middle ear infections. If you or your child is suffering from recurrent ear infections, ear discharge, ear pain, fluid in the ears or "swimmers ear", Jacksonville ENT Surgery and Dr. Greene will provide the best medical or surgical treatments for your problem. If you or a loved one is suffering from ear infections, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
It is estimated that 20 million Americans suffer from ringing in the ears. Some patients don't describe tinnitus as a ringing sound but may compare it to chirping like crickets, an electrical hum, popping, crackling or even an overwhelming roar. Dr. Greene conducts physical tests to determine the cause of nerve interference or damage to the inner ear.
Although many individuals have their tonsils removed and adenoids removed as pediatric patients, some adult ENT patients suffer from inflamed soft tissue that cause the patient to suffer from a chronic sore throat or ENT infection. A common throat surgery (tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy) can produce permanent relief for adult and pediatric patients with throat infections.
The Nose and Paranasal Sinuses are part of the olfactory (smell) and respiratory systems. The nose consists of the visible outer protuberance from the face (that comes in many different shapes and sizes) and the nasal cavity, which is a large air-filled space located in the middle of the face.
The nasal cavity is divided into right and left sides by a vertical structure called the nasal septum. On the sides of the cavity are three horizontal shelves called turbinates or conchae (singular "concha"). The paranasal sinuses are air filled spaces within the bones of the skull and face that communicate with the nasal cavity. The increased surface provided by the turbinates and sinuses allows air that passes through the nose to be warmed or cooled to within one-degree of body temperature before it passes into the lungs.
The sinus cavities have a lining (mucosa) that produces mucus and contains hair like projections called cilia. As air passes, it is humidified and the cilia and mucus trap and remove dust and pathogens from the air. The cilia move the mucus down the cavity to the pharynx, where it can be swallowed. The nasal cavity is divided into respiratory and olfactory segments. The olfactory segment is located at the roof of the nose. It contains cells (olfactory epithelium) that transmit electrical signals to the brain in response to the chemicals (odors).
The respiratory segment has a rich blood supply and when the turbinates become engorged with blood, they restrict air-flow causing air flow to be directed to the other side of the nose in a cyclical fashion. Interestingly, the nose also contains a "vomeronasal organ" that is located on the back of the septum which is thought to play a role in pheromone detection.
One out of every five Americans suffer from an allergic rhinitis that often interferes with their ability to rest and leads to a loss of productivity. When left untreated, rhinitis can lead to sinus infection (sinusitis), ear infection or sore throat. Dr. Greene can outline an effective allergy treatment program for adult and pediatric ENT patients.
Balloon sinuplasty combines the traditional techniques of sinus surgery with the latest surgical technology to allow an ENT physician to perform less-invasive but corrective sinus surgery that requires less post-operative care. Sinus surgery can improve sinus drainage and help control chronic sinusitis and other sinus infections.
Jacksonville ENT Surgery and Dr. Greene always work closely with our younger patient's primary care physician to provide the best solution for the child's ENT problem. If Dr. Greene believes a young patient might just outgrow their stuffy nose, ear infections, fluid in the ears, post nasal drip and other ENT problems, he will recommend interim treatments for the pediatric patient.
Nasal septoplasty is an ENT surgery used to correct anatomic deformity or a deviated septum. Cosmetic enhancement of the nose is incidental as the medical procedure is intended to correct nasal airway obstruction and facilitate proper nasal function. Nose surgery is often performed by an ENT doctor to correct a nasal problem after a nose injury.
Snoring affects the lives of millions of people of all ages and can be caused by numerous problems. Male and female patients can benefit from a consultation with Dr. Greene to discuss their snoring. A quick ENT exam can often reveal a nasal obstruction, swollen throat tissue or sinus congestion that may be contributing to the blocked airway.
From an ENT perspective, the throat consists of the oral cavity, the neck, the voice box, the breathing tube, and the esophagus. The lips form the opening to the oral cavity that contains the tongue, tonsils, teeth, and the roof of mouth. Furthermore, the mouth is lined with a thin barrier called the mucosa.
The mucosa contains thousands of "minor salivary glands" that produce salt and water (saliva) to keep the mouth moist. The neck contains blood vessels, nerves, glands, lymph nodes, and muscles. Like in the mouth, some of the glands produce saliva. However, these salivary glands are much larger and are called the major salivary glands. The names and locations of the major salivary glands are: two parotid glands located in front of the ears, two submandibular glands located beneath the jawbone (mandible), and one sublingual gland located under the tongue.
The neck also contains glands that secrete hormones into the blood and are therefore called "endocrine glands". One of the endocrine glands in the neck is called the thyroid and the others are called parathyroid glands (usually four). The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that is located between the thyroid cartilage and the upper chest. The thyroid cartilage is often prominent in men and referred to as the "Adam's apple". The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body burns energy, makes proteins, and the sensitivity of the body to other hormones.
The parathyroid glands are located beneath the corners of the wings of the butterfly shaped thyroid gland. Parathyroid glands control the amount of calcium in the blood and in the bones.
Lymph nodes become inflamed or enlarged in response to infection or cancer. When the infection resolves, the lymph nodes usually shrink to their original size. However, when cancer is present, they do not shrink and tend to become larger and harder.
Larynx (Adam's Apple)
The larynx is located in the upper middle portion of the neck and is involved with preventing food and other particles from entering the trachea (airway protection) and sound production.
The trachea is the breathing tube that extends from the upper neck in to the chest cavity where it divides to provide airflow to the right and left lungs. Finally, the esophagus is a muscular tube that allows food to pass from the back of the throat (pharynx) to the stomach.
Dry mouth can be a recurrent problem with adults and children. When the flow of saliva is insufficient, the cause can be from glandular swelling, medications, foods, other medical treatments or common stress-related disorders. Dry mouth and dry throat can lead to more serious ENT symptoms like hoarseness and sore throat.
Younger patients tend to suffer with many of the same throat problems that adult patients face. Dr. Greene will often prescribe antibiotics, decongestants, allergy medications or cognitive therapy for their stuffy nose, ear infections, fluid in the ears, post nasal drip or speech related problems.
Most individuals depend on their speech for their livelihood and to accomplish tasks in their lives on a daily basis. If you or a member of your family suffer from chronic dry throat or hoarseness, you should consider making an appointment with Jacksonville ENT Surgery to discuss your throat problems.
If you wake suddenly during the night, choking or gasping for air, or if you suffer from daytime drowsiness, fatigue, or poor concentration, you may suffer from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea poses many health threats to those who suffer from the disorder. Treatment options for Sleep Apnea include: Diet and Exercise, Tonsillectomy, Removal or reduction of excess throat tissue, and tongue advancement procedures. Jacksonville ENT can recommend the best corrective procedure or treatment to control your sleep apnea.
In children, age 4 and over, removal of adenoid tissue (adenoidectomy) has been shown to reduce the rate of recurrent ear infections. In this age group, adenoidectomy is frequently performed at the same time as ear tube surgery. In addition to improving Eustachian tube function, adenoidectomy can also reduce nasal congestion and improve breathing in children.
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