Baptist Health Corbin: The Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist
Charles Sewall, MD, discusses the advantages of seeing a specialist for treatment for ear, nose and throat conditions, including chronic ear infections, allergies and tonsillitis.
Baptist Health Corbin: The Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist Health Talks Transcript
Charles G. Sewall, MD, Otolaryngology
An otolaryngologist is an ear, nose and throat doctor, and we are specifically trying to diagnose and manage diseases of the ear, nose and throat. We see a large pediatric population, and the most common things we see are recurrent ear disease, requiring medical and surgical treatments. Tympanostomy tubes — everybody’s heard of tubes in children before — we do a lot of that. And, of course we see children with chronic tonsillitis, children who snore, who mouth breathe, requiring tonsils and adenoids to be removed. We see some kids with neck masses, congenital neck masses like branchial cleft cysts and thyroglossal duct cysts. We surgically remove those. We also see a large pediatric population with allergy issues that we treat, and by the way, the allergy issues frequently are the primary cause of the sinus and ear disease. This practice started probably 20 years ago because we didn’t have any ear, nose and throat coverage, so we began this relationship a long time ago. There are not very many of us ENT doctors anyway, so having a presence here gives access to these patients to a level of expertise they normally wouldn’t have.