ENT Answers

Dr. Kotlarz is an otolaryngolist who practices Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee). It is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.

Otolaryngologists diagnose and manage diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, and throat, as well as structures of the neck and face.

To name a few principal areas of expertise in the field of otolaryngology:

Allergy: treatment by medication, immunotherapy and/or avoidance of pollen, dust, mold, food, and other sensitivities that affect the ear, nose, and throat. Treating: hay fever, seasonal and perennial rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throat, otitis media, dizziness.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the face and neck and ear.

Treating: deviated septum, rhinoplasty (nose), face lift, cleft palate, drooping eyelids, hair loss and other ear deformities.

Head and Neck: cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head and neck (nose/sinuses, mouth, throat, voice box and upper esophagus), including the thyroid and parathyroid.

Treating: lump in the neck or thyroid, cancer of the voice box.

Laryngology: disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems.

Treating: sore throat, hoarseness, swallowing disorder,      gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), infections and tumors.

Otology/Neurotology: diseases of the ear, including trauma (injury), infection, benign tumors, and nerve pathway disorders, which affect hearing and balance.

Treating: ear infection; swimmer’s ear; hearing loss; ear, face, or      neck pain; dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Pediatric Otolaryngology: diseases in children with special ENT problems including birth defects of the head and neck and developmental delays.

Treating: ear infection (otitis media), tonsil and adenoid infection, airway problems, asthma and allergy/sinus disease, neck tumors.

Rhinology: disorders of the nose and sinuses. Treating: sinus disorder, nose bleed, stuffy nose, loss of smell, polyps, tumors.

Ear

  • Hearing Loss
  • Vertigo & balance disorders
  • Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
  • Recurrent infections
  • Ear tubes
  • Ear drum perforations
  • Otoplasty/ear pinning
  • Cysts and tumors
  • Skin cancers
  • Ear wax
  • External ear canal problems
     

Nose

  • Nasal allergies
  • Allergy testing & injections
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Balloon Sinuplasty™
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nosebleeds
  • Cosmetic nasal surgery

Throat

  • Recurrent sore throats
  • Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Swallowing problems
  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal Cord nodules
  • Tumors of the voice box
  • Thyroid issues
  • Throat issues

Sleep

  • Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea
  • Treatment of upper airway obstruction
  • Snoring
  • Pillar procedure
  • Tongue & Hyoid Suspension

Head and Neck

  • Tumors of the salivary glands
  • Skin tumors
  • Tumors of the mouth and voice box
  • Treatment of thyroid and parathyroid tumors
  • Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy