Throat, Voice & Mouth Care Services, Provided by Gateway ENT in St. Louis, MO
Throat and Voice Care Center
Make your VOICE heard
Gateway ENT can assist you with infections of the throat, removal of the tonsils as well as more complicated conditions such as throat cancer and vocal cord problems. If you or your child suffers from chronic tonsillitis, you know how painful that can be and we are here to help. We are experts at managing voice problems, and if you have difficulty being heard, then you will appreciate the complex and delicate nature of the vocal cords. We know how stressful cancer can be, and our staff will listen to your concerns and provide you with a solid treatment plan to ease your mind and make the process as clear as possible.
NEW Dedicated Voice Center
Our dedicated Speech Pathologist, on location!
Additionally, Gateway ENT has a dedicated Voice Center. Many Otolaryngology practices do not have dedicated Speech Pathologists on staff and therefore, Gateway ENT is particularly thrilled to offer its patients the convenience of this service right in its office. Our Voice Center is also be available to assist with patients needing Speech Pathology services who are referred from other physician practices or who reach out directly.
Conditions We Treat
Accepting New Patients
Meet Our Gateway ENT Speech Pathologist
Lisa Carr, MHS, CCC-SLP
Throat, Voice & Mouth - Frequently Asked Questions
Tonsillectomy is a procedure to remove the tonsils. It is one of the most frequently performed surgeries by an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist and it is also one the most common surgeries for children. The surgery is completed in the operating room. Tonsillectomies are most often performed for infection or obstructive sleep apnea. An Adenoidectomy can be performed alongside a tonsillectomy or by itself. The Adenoid is located behind the nose and is sometimes described as a third tonsil. In addition to removal for chronic infection and sleep apnea, it may be removed as part of the treatment of Pediatric Sinusitis.
A Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy is an in-clinic procedure performed to diagnose throat, voice, and swallowing problems. Numbing medicine is sprayed into the nose and then a small flexible telescope is used to view the throat and vocal cords. The procedure provides a way of directly visualizing areas inside your throat and voice box to assist in diagnosing conditions of the throat. While this procedure is not time consuming, it requires the use of advanced technological equipment and specialized expertise. It is usually paid for by insurance. Although it is not a surgical procedure, it should be noted that insurance companies will list it as a surgery, along with an office visit charge, which is often confusing to the patient.
A biopsy of a mouth lesion, a common ENT procedure, is an in-office procedure used to remove concerning or recurrent mouth lesions. Numbing medicine is injected around the mass and instruments are used to biopsy or remove the mass.
Removal of a salivary stone is a procedure to remove stones from salivary glands under the tongue or on the inside of the cheek. This can be completed in the office or in the operating room. A small amount of numbing medicine is injected near a salivary duct. The duct is opened, and the stone is removed.
Microlaryngoscopy is a procedure performed in the operating room. A microscope is used to view the vocal cords. Specialized micro instruments are used to operate on the vocal cords to remove polyps, nodules, cysts, lesions and cancers of the vocal cords.