Surgeries We Perform

Removal of foreign bodies from the ears, nose and throat

It is very common for children to place foreign bodies in their ear, nose, or throats. Hardly a week goes by that we don't see a particular problem in which a child has put a Q-tip in the ear or an eraser in the nose. 95% of the time, we can remove these foreign objects under direct visualization that is with the usage of a microscope and a speculum. Oftentimes, they can be removed with a surgical instrument called alligator forceps. This is usually done with the child awake and it is painless and has very little complications associated with it. But, 5-10% of the time, the child has lodged a foreign object so deep or so large that it cannot be removed comfortably by the doctor in the clinic often necessitating that the child be put to sleep for a few minutes. This is typically done in our outpatient surgical facility and does not necessitate the need for the child to ever set foot in a hospital. Advantages are that the parent can usually accompany a child into the operating room for induction of anesthesia. The procedure takes usually less than 3 minutes. There is very little pain if any in retrieving the foreign object and the child's recover is typically 20 minutes in a recovery room before discharge. At the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic, we have been removing foreign objects from children's ears, nose, and throats for over 25 years. If you suspect your child has a foreign object in the ear, nose, or throat, please contact the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic at 1-800-5260998.