Brenner Children's is home to the region's leading pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) program. Our pediatric otolaryngology team, including board-certified physicians who also completed an additional pediatric otolaryngology fellowship, has extensive training and expertise that translates into specialized care for your child.
Our pediatric ENT doctors use the latest technologies and medical advancements to treat infants, children and adolescents who have routine problems or more complex disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck.
We treat our patients with kindness and compassion - the way we would want our own family to be treated. Our team works closely with you and your child to develop an individualized care plan. This family-centered approach ensures that your child's hospital experience is as comfortable, pleasant and worry-free as possible - all while getting the best medical treatment available from our world-class physicians.
We have access to an experienced team of fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologists, dedicated surgical specialists, and experts in every specialty and critical care services, when needed. Brenner Children's is also home to the only dedicated pediatric operating room suite in the region. These state-of-the-art resources and collaborative approach ensure that your child receives the safest, highest quality of care.
We specialize in the care and treatment of a broad range of pediatric ear, nose, throat, head and neck conditions in children of all ages, from infants to young adults. We offer surgical and non-surgical medical management for many pediatric ENT conditions. We perform surgeries at Brenner Children's Hospital and at Outpatient Surgery - Clemmons.
A large number of the children we care for have routine problems related to the ear, nose and throat areas. Although these may be more common problems, they often interfere with your child's daily activities, time at school or sleep patterns. We have experience treating:
- Hearing loss or recurrent ear infections
- Large tonsils or adenoids
- Recurrent tonsillitis
- Difficulty with breathing during sleep
- Neck cysts, masses, or infections
- Noisy breathing
If you suspect that your child has a hearing problem, our physicians will first establish the presence of hearing loss in your child and identify the severity of the problem. Next, they will make a diagnosis to explain the hearing loss. This may involve genetic testing, radiologic imaging and collaboration with other specialists, including audiologists and speech-language pathologists, at Brenner Children's. We will discuss options for amplification with you and find the best solution for your child's hearing loss.
Cochlear Implant Program
We started our pediatric cochlear implant program in 2004 and have served hundreds of patients. Our pediatric otolaryngologists, audiologists and speech-language pathologists work closely with you and your child throughout the entire cochlear implantation process, including pre- and post-implantation and rehabilitation.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA®)
Our pediatric otolaryngologists are highly trained in the use and placement of BAHA, an implantable hearing device that is used for single-sided sensorineural hearing loss (nerve loss) and sends sound signals to the functioning ear. A BAHA can be used for children with hearing difficulties including conductive hearing loss, microtia, ear canal atresia, single-sided deafness, severe draining ear disease and hearing impairment, to name a few.
Perforations of the eardrum and abnormal skin growth behind the eardrum (cholesteatoma) are routinely treated with surgical procedures including tympanoplasty (reconstruction of the eardrum) and tympanomastoidectomy.
In some situations, damage has occurred to the bones behind the eardrum that may be repaired with an ossicular reconstruction procedure. We also frequently treat children who have congenital problems with the development of the external ear (microtia) and ear canal (aural atresia).
We have experience treating infants who have noisy breathing, or stridor. This condition is often due to common conditions such as laryngomalacia, a collapse of tissue above the vocal cords. This requires appropriate diagnostic evaluation, medical management of associated conditions and occasional surgical intervention.
Our pediatric surgeons are experts in a wide array of surgical interventions for airway problems that may require minimally invasive endoscopic techniques or, occasionally, reconstructive surgery. In addition, we treat severe airway problems, such as subglottic stenosis (narrowing of the subglottic airway), that require more intensive evaluation with radiologic imaging and operative endoscopy.
Our pediatric otolaryngologists have advanced training to evaluate, diagnose and treat head and neck masses and infections in children. They also have access to experts in pediatric oncology and other specialties, when needed, so that your child gets the best in multidisciplinary care.
As a first step, the physician will evaluate your child. They will perform a thoughtful examination in the clinic, which may lead to more detailed investigation and possibly imaging or other lab tests.
Head and neck infections can frequently be treated medically, but may sometimes require surgical intervention. Congenital neck cysts, such as thyroglossal duct cysts or branchial cleft cysts, require specific evaluation and a careful surgical plan. We also work closely with our pediatric endocrinology team and offer thyroid surgery as a treatment option for certain conditions.
Our pediatric otolaryngologists and advanced practitioners work closely with nurses, technicians, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and other specialists at Brenner Children's to provide exceptional patient care and treatment. They are committed to helping your child heal and feel better as soon as possible.