Procedures & Surgeries
Some of the most common procedures and surgeries performed by our physicians and audiologists at Camino ENT include:
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices recommended for patients who are severely hearing impaired or deaf and don’t benefit from hearing aids. They bypass the damaged inner ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve, allowing you to perceive sound. Cochlear implants have an internal and external component. They are different from hearing aids and are only suitable for some patients. Those considering a cochlear implant should make sure their pneumococcal vaccines are up to date. For more information on these requirements visit the CDC’s website.
Bone-anchored hearing aids are surgically implanted devices that bypass the outer and middle ear and rely on direct bone conduction to transmit sound. They comprise a titanium implant, an external abutment and a sound processor that work in tandem. They are ideal for patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss as well as those with single-sided impairment or deafness.
Skull Base Surgeries
Skull base surgeries are typically conducted to remove benign and cancerous growths as well as abnormalities on the underside of the brain, the skull base or the top few vertebrae. They can be performed endoscopically through the mouth, nose or ear in some cases and are also sometimes used to remove acoustic neuromas and cholesteatomas of the ear.
This surgical procedure reconstructs the eardrum (tympanic membrane) when it has been perforated or damaged. It may be performed at Camino ENT under local or general anesthesia depending on the extent of the procedure and your personal preference. There are several types of tympanoplasty and each individual San Jose patient’s procedure is determined based on age as well as the cause, location and size of the damage.
Ossiculoplasties are ear surgeries performed to repair one or more of the three tiny bones in the middle ear, called the ossicles. The procedure is typically performed to improve hearing in cases where the ossicles have become partially or fully immobile. It’s usually done under general anesthetia at our San Jose ENT clinic or a nearby hospital.
A mastoidectomy is a surgery to remove an infected portion of the ear’s mastoid bone that’s caused by ear infections such as mastoiditis or chronic otitis, inflammatory disease of the middle ear or cholesteatomas. We typically recommend this procedure when medical treatment isn’t effective.
A stapedectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the innermost bone of the middle ear—the stapes—and replace it with a prosthesis made from a small plastic tube and stainless steel wire. This procedure improves the movement of sound from the outer to the inner ear and is most often done to treat progressive hearing loss caused by otosclerosis.
Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the eardrum to allow air into the middle ear. They’re used for patients who suffer from chronic ear infections. Ear tubes are most often used for children in San Jose, but they are effective for patients of all ages. Ear tubes can also be called tympanostomy tubes, myringotomy tubes, ventilation tubes or pressure equalization (PE) tubes.
Inner Ear Perfusions/ Injections
Inner-ear perfusions are administered by way of injection and are used for some San Jose patients with Ménière's disease, sudden hearing loss and other sensorineural (inner-ear) disorders. They are safe, simple and affordable and they allow us to administer a substantial dose of medication directly to the affected region.
Debridement is the medical term for the process of removing dead, contaminated or adherent tissue or foreign material. It allows us to enter the ear canal or administer drops or other medications more effectively. This simple procedure can be done in several different ways and we’ll recommend the best method for your individual needs when you visit Camino ENT.
Earwax is a very healthy substance naturally created by your ear, but in some cases it can cause problems like a buildup or blockage, which can lead to infection or temporary hearing loss. If you’re experiencing symptoms due to an earwax blockage, we will perform a quick and easy removal procedure during your appointment to unclog your ear canal.
Biopsies are small samples of tissues that allow your ENT doctor to examine the cells for abnormalities. We may take a tissue biopsy from your ear to look for cancer or diagnose one of many conditions. Biopsies are very easy and noninvasive and they cause little or no pain depending on the area being biopsied. Your Camino ENT physician will explain why you should get a tissue biopsy clearly so you have a full understanding of your condition.