A pediatric otolaryngologist is a doctor who treats infections of the ear, nose and throat in children. Our highly trained, experienced specialists understand that these infections in children can be painful and affect children differently than adults. Our goal is to provide high quality, compassionate medical care to your child in a family-centric environment and return them to good health.

As internationally recognized, board-certified physicians and fellowship trained practitioners, our physicians offer your child unsurpassed care no matter how complicated the case. We offer diagnostic and treatment options for disorders involving the ears, nose, throat, sinuses, head, neck, vocal cords, food and airway passages. Surgical interventions are available, when necessary. And, for children with known or suspected hearing loss, assessments are performed by our audiologists.

Conditions And Treatments

Our physicians treat a wide spectrum of disorders, injuries and disease. Here is an explanation of some of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions we treat:

  • Ear Infection and Fluid
    Hearing, speech and balance problems can be caused by frequent middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion) and frequent middle ear infections (acute otitis media). These frequent infections can even cause actual changes to the structure of the eardrum. Sometimes, surgically placing ear tubes into the child’s ears can alleviate this problem.
  • Cochlear Implants
    Sometimes, children with severe or profound hearing loss do not benefit from the use of conventional hearing aids. For certain types of hearing loss, a surgical solution may be to place a cochlear implant into the inner ear. This electronic medical device can replace the function of a damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids which only amplify sound, cochlear implants do the work normally done by the inner ear (cochlear) to send sound signals to the brain.
  • BAHA (Implants)
    Some children with conductive hearing loss, single-sided deafness or mixed hearing loss may be helped by a bone conduction implant (BAHA). This implant bypasses the damaged outer and inner ear, sending sounds directly to the inner ear.
  • Tonsil and Adenoid Disease
    The surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids are two of the most common operations performed by ear, nose and throat specialists. When children experience snoring problems known as obstructive sleep apnea and sleep apnea disordered breathing, or severe tonsillitis or sinusitis, these procedures may be recommended.
  • Nose and Sinus Conditions
    Our ear, nose and throat doctors for children treat a variety of fairly common nose and sinus conditions, including:
    • Broken noses
    • Noisy breathing
    • Nosebleeds
    • Nasal obstructions
    • Nasal and sinus tumors
    • Sinusitis
    In an effort to minimize risks and enhance patient safety, we perform endoscopic sinus surgery using advanced image-guided surgical techniques.
  • Minimally Invasive Airway Surgery
    Children suffering from conditions which cause noisy breathing (stridor) or airway obstruction often have few options available for correction. Advanced techniques for treatment include:
    • Widening of narrowed air passages using specialized balloons
    • Endoscopic laser removal of airway scarring or masses
    • Endoscopic treatment of laryngomalacia
  • Airway Reconstruction
    When the patient has severe narrowing of the airway due to a diseased air passage or voice box, laryngotracheal reconstruction may be recommended. This procedure uses a small piece of cartilage from another part of the patient’s body to widen the airway. This treatment is an alternative to placing a tracheostomy tube into the patient.

ENT Procedures Provided:

As leaders in pediatric ENT for Houston, our physicians offer the following procedures to treat your child:

  • Airway Surgeries:
    • Subglottic Stenosis
    • Tracheal Stenosis
    • Tracheostomy
    • Vocal cord problems
    • Foreign bodies
    • Papilloma
    • Congenital problems
  • Birthmarks
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Diseases of the mouth
  • Ears and hearing
    • Cholesteatoma
    • Otoplasty
    • Ear canal atresia
    • Ear drum perforations
    • Swimmer’s ear
  • Hoarseness
  • Lymphatic malformations
  • Outer ear reconstruction
  • Pediatric neck mass
    • Branchial anomalies
    • Cervical adenitis
    • Thyroglossal duct cyst
  • Reflux
  • Sinus Diseases
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tonsils
  • Adenoids
  • Seizures
  • Trauma
  • Vascular Lesions
    • Hemangioma
    • Other vascular malfunctions
  • As always, the entire medical staff at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Pediatric Center provides you and your child with personalized attention and care. Our physicians, nurses and medical professionals treat you with respect, and we care for your child with understanding and compassion.