Procedures & Surgeries

No matter what your throat-related medical needs are, Camino ENT's top team of otolaryngologists are prepared to give you cutting-edge treatment options so you can regain your health and happiness. Below, you'll find a list of many of the procedures and surgeries we offer at our San Jose medical center.

Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy

Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgical procedures to remove the tonsils and adenoids—lumps of tissues in the throat that are part of your immune system. These procedures are often done at the same time, though your doctor may opt to perform only one depending on your individual case. These procedures are typically recommended for patients with sleep apnea or chronic infections.

UPPP Palate Surgery

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is the most commonly performed surgical procedure for adults with sleep apnea in San Jose. It aims to open the airway by removing problematic tissues of the palate and throat. A UPPP can remove one or more sections including the uvula, soft palate, tonsils, adenoids and pharynx.

Vocal Cord Surgery

There are many potential problems that can develop with your vocal cords and in some cases these conditions may require surgical treatment. Your San Jose ENT doctor may recommend vocal cord surgery to repair hoarseness or vocal paralysis, reduce tissue mass or remove nodules, polyps or a tumor from the throat.

Laryngoscopy

The laryngoscopy procedure gives your ENT physician an opportunity to view the back of your throat, vocal folds and glottis. We will use a lighted laryngoscope tool to perform this procedure, which is most often a conventional, manually controlled device but can also be a fiberoptic or video laryngoscope. This procedure should result in a diagnosis and treatment path.

Airway Dilation

This endoscopic procedure is used to treat certain cases in which a patient's windpipe has become too narrow. To perform an airway dilation, your Camino ENT doctor will insert a small balloon into the windpipe and inflate it to stretch out the stenosis. Once the desired openness is achieved, the balloon is simply deflated and removed.

Esophageal Dilation

This is another endoscopic procedure similar to the airway dilation surgery, but it’s used to open up the swallowing tube, called the esophagus, in patients who suffer due to a narrow passageway. Your San Jose otolaryngologist will insert a tube into the esophagus during this procedure, which will expand to stretch the narrow areas of tissue. Once this tube is removed, these tissues will remain in their new position.

Lymph Node Removal

Depending on your individual condition, your doctor may either remove one lymph node, called a biopsy or several lymph nodes, called a lymphadenectomy. These procedures are most commonly performed on patients who have cancer that is either threatening or has already spread to the lymphatic system.

Parotidectomy

The parotid gland is a salivary gland located high in the neck and this surgical procedure is designed to remove that gland or tissues from it. Your Camino ENT doctor may recommend this procedure if you have abnormal growths on your parotid gland, called neoplasms, that may cause or create further complications or more serious conditions of the throat.

Thyroidectomy

Thyroidectomy is the removal of all (total thyroidectomy) or part (subtotal or partial thyroidectomy) of your thyroid gland, which produces hormones that control your metabolic system. It is usually performed to treat patients with a tumor, a goiter or a condition called hyperthyroidism that causes the gland to overproduce its hormones and disrupt the body’s natural processes.

Botox for Spasmodic Dysphonia

Spasmodic dysphonia is a rare neurological voice disorder characterized by involuntary spasms of the muscles controlling the vocal folds. There's no known cure for San Jose patients who suffer from this rare condition, but we have outstanding treatment options to manage symptoms. One of the most effective treatments amongst Camino ENT patients is BOTOX®, which allows you to speak more easily and improves your voice quality by relaxing the muscles of the vocal folds and preventing spasms. Injections must be given every 3–6 months and are most effective when combined with speech therapy.

Tissue Biopsy

A biopsy is used to remove a portion of tissue or sample of cells from your throat, allowing our expert otolaryngology team to analyze and examine it in a laboratory using various equipment and techniques. This is a common step in achieving a diagnosis and determining what treatment plan is best for you.