The Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Children’s Hospital is involved in the care of all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology including general ENT problems like recurrent ear infections and sleep apnea in children as well as more complex treatments such as the management of complex airway cases. The providers specialize in open airway reconstruction in children; surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss including cochlear implantation and bone-anchored hearing aids; endoscopic sinus surgery; and management of complex pediatric head and neck pathology, including congenital head and neck masses, pediatric thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and management of head and neck vascular tumors.
The multispecialty clinics, including the Airway and Swallowing Clinic, the Tracheostomy Clinic and the Vascular Anomalies Clinic offer comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for the management of children with complex medical problems.
Management expertise includes, but is not limited to:
- Laryngomalacia (congenital laryngeal stridor)
- Hearing loss
- Hemangioma and vascular anomalies
- Myringotomy tubes
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Otitis media
- Speech, language and hearing development problems
- Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
- Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
- Congenital head and neck masses
AIRWAY AND SWALLOWING CLINIC
The Pediatric Airway Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic in which children with disorders of the airway, swallowing and sleep are managed. The pediatric otolaryngologists in collaboration with pulmonology and with support from speech-language pathologists, evaluate children with complex airway and swallowing problems. A multidisciplinary approach is adopted in the management of children with complex airway problems providing a comprehensive workup and management options with input from different specialties.
COCHLEAR IMPLANT CENTER
The Cochlear Implant Center is a collaborative service between Children’s Hospital and the LSU Department of Otolaryngology. The team members work closely with a variety of resources to provide services to children receiving cochlear implants. These implants are devices that can provide a sense of hearing to a patient who is profoundly or severely hard of hearing. Pediatricians and parents need to understand the available options
The Tracheostomy Clinic is a newly introduced multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the care of children and adolescents with a tracheostomy. The team members include pediatric otolaryngologists, respiratory therapists, speech therapists, pulmonologists, and a dedicated care coordination nurse.