Patients who undergo mandibular fracture experience a significant amount of pain following surgery, but pain management protocols remain unclear
How to Handle an Otolaryngology Patient Who Declines Treatment
Should a physician try to convince a patient to consider potentially definitive therapy?
Does Perioperative Sleep Disruption Impact Pain Perception?
Sleep interruptions can reduce patients’ threshold of pain, increase risk of complications, extend convalescence, contribute to poor physical/mental performance, lower patient satisfaction
As Opioids for Pain Treatment Come Under Greater Scrutiny, Controlled Substance Agreements Matter More
A controlled substance agreement can help a physician communicate expectations for their pain medication treatment plan, and guidelines for safe usage by their patients
Post-Tonsillectomy Taste Disorders Rare but Present
Although rare, long-term taste complications following tonsillectomy may indicate a need for more pre-op counseling and post-op follow-up
Are Routine Dissolvable Nasal Dressings Necessary Following ESS?
Nasal dressings have frequently been advocated to improve wound healing and prevent ongoing bleeding after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Initial experience focused on removable nasal packing materials; however, their adverse effect profile, such as pain/discomfort and mucosal trauma, has driven the development of absorbable biomaterials. Despite these developments, there is still little agreement on the optimal choice of nasal dressing or whether nasal dressings are required at all
Post-Operative Pain in Children Undergoing Tonsillectomy
Weight Loss and Hoarseness in a 38-Year-Old Woman
A woman presented with a chief complaint of throat pain of four weeks duration and hoarseness of several years duration. She eventually presented to the otolaryngology clinic complaining of a four-week history of odynophagia associated with a frequent urge to clear her throat.
A Meta-Analysis of Minimally Invasive Video-Assisted Thyroidectomy
How does minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) compare with conventional thyroidectomy? Background: The advantages of minimally invasive thyroid surgery include shorter hospital stays, reduced postoperative pain, and improved cosmetic results. Studies […]
Acupuncture May Improve Pain and Xerostomia After Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
Patients with head and neck cancer treated with surgery and/or radiation often experience pain, shoulder dysfunction, and xerostomia.