Dr. Chandrasekhar, a fellowship trained Otologist/Neurotologist, received her undergraduate degree from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City College of New York, cum laude. She then went on to earn her M.D. at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at New York University Medical Center, and her fellowship in otology/neurotology at the House Ear Clinic and Institute, in Los Angeles, California.
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If you have had 5 or more cases of severe sore throat in a year that do not improve with antibiotics, you could have recurrent tonsillitis. You may want to see an ENT specialist about a tonsillectomy. In a tonsillectomy, the tonsils are removed to prevent future complications.
Many plans allow for access to out of network providers for the same out of pocket cost as in network providers.
Some of the most common ENT surgical procedures are: Rhinoplasty, Deviated Septum, Snoring/sleep disorder surgery, Corrective breathing surgery, Tonsil removal, Reconstructive surgery of the Eardrum, Vocal Cord surgery, Ear tube drainage.
ENT Surgeons are specifically trained to surgically correct and enhance the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Facial plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This certification means the surgeon has received specialized training and has the experience necessary to perform facial plastic surgery.
Your ENT surgeon may request a medical evaluation by your Primary Care Physician before performing your surgery. A medical clearance is essentially authorization from an evaluating doctor that a patient is cleared, or deemed healthy enough, for a proposed surgery.
Your ENT surgeon may order routine laboratory tests before your procedure to identify potential problems that might complicate surgery if not detected and treated in advance. A blood test will show if you have a blood-clotting problem and may be at risk of too much bleeding during surgery. Urinalysis may be used to detect urinary tract infections, renal diseases and poorly controlled diabetes.
A preoperative physical examination is essentially the same thing as getting 'medical clearance. It is performed at the request of your ENT surgeon to ensure that you are healthy enough to safely undergo anesthesia and surgery. This evaluation includes a physical examination, cardiac evaluation, lung function assessment, and appropriate laboratory tests.
The purpose of medical clearance is to assess your personal risk related to undergoing a surgical procedure. If you have comorbidities your ENT surgeon may want another doctor familiar with your medical history to offer perspective on whether the procedure is safe for you and ways to reduce risk.
Your Primary Care Physician is the Doctor who manages your medical care. He/she will provide the appropriate information.
Your medical history, physical exam and labs are valid for 30 days. EKG's that are normal are valid for 90 days. These parameters may vary if you have comorbidities.
Most ENT surgeries do not require an overnight stay. If your health, age and surgical procedure do not require a hospital stay after surgery, an accredited ambulatory surgery center may offer several advantages, including convenience, reduced cost and reduced potential for developing infection.
Facial plastic surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery and/or the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. The most qualified surgeons are those that are board-certified by both.
If you have chronic or persistent sinus infections sinus surgery may be necessary. Endoscopy or balloon sinuplasty are common sinus surgeries. In endoscopy, a thin tube with a camera lens guides your ENT doctor to the blockage, which is gently removed. This procedure requires no visible incisions and is performed under general anesthesia. In balloon sinuplasty a small balloon is guided to the blocked area and inflated, to clear the passageway.
Nasal obstruction is a blockage of your nasal cavity and can be due to conditions such as a cold, allergies, or sinus infection. Other obstructions such as septal deviation, inferior turbinate hypertrophy, or nasal valve collapse may require surgery. Nasal airway surgery is major surgery with risks and potential complications. Nasal airway surgery can be minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, or open surgery. ENTs specialize in diseases and conditions of the nose.
If nasal polyps go untreated for a long period of time, and become large, they can create constant pressure that leads to a widening of the nose and the space between the eyes. The structure of the face may be altered, and vision impairment can result. Nasal polyps that are resistant to medication can be removed in a surgical procedure (polypectomy).
Surgery to straighten the septum is called “septoplasty.” It is usually done by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Plastic surgery can be performed at the same time, if you want to change the shape of your nose. Sinus surgery can also be combined with septoplasty.
An ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor can perform biopsies on the lymph nodes, gums, lips, glands, thyroid, mouth and tongue, to test for malignancy.
An ENT specialist uses endoscopy to look at the back of your throat. An endoscope is a long, flexible tube with a camera and light at one end, and an eyepiece at the other.
There are several ear surgery procedures that restore hearing if you have certain types of hearing loss. But only a small percentage of people with hearing loss are actually good candidates for surgery.
Most ruptured (perforated) eardrums heal without treatment within a few weeks. If the tear or hole in your eardrum doesn't heal by itself, treatment will likely involve procedures to close the tear or hole such as an eardrum patch or surgery.
If your child's ear infections keep coming back and antibiotics aren’t helping, an ENT doctor will recommend a surgical procedure that places ventilation tubes in the eardrum. The tubes improve air flow and prevent fluid backup in the middle ear. The most commonly used tubes stay in place for six to nine months and require follow-up visits until they fall out.
Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism have been linked to hearing loss. Little is known about why thyroid conditions sometimes cause hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders. An ENT Doctor can monitor your hearing and minimize damage that thyroid treatment may be causing.
Otolaryngologists (ENT) doctors are highly qualified to perform thyroid removal.
You should see your ENT doctor if your voice has been hoarse for more than three weeks. Chronic laryngitis can be due to several factors including vocal cord polyps, vocal cords that are loose or paralyzed, GERD or a neurological disorder. Your ENT doctor may recommend surgery if vocal cord polyp removal is indicated or if there is paralysis or laxity of the vocal cord.
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Most insurers provide coverage for video visits at the same rate as in-person visits. You can search on PreferredMD specifically for ENT Doctors who accept your insurance for video visits. Select your carrier and plan from the drop-down menu at the top of the page to verify. If that information is not available, we recommend you check with your insurance carrier directly to confirm your coverage and out of pocket costs for video visits.
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