Adult Ear, Nose, and Throat

Division of General Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

The Division of General Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) provides care to adult patients for all problems affecting the head and neck. Our providers have specific expertise in endoscopic sinus surgery, rhinology, laryngology, salivary gland surgery, sialendoscopy, ear surgery, and snoring and obstructive sleep apnea surgery.

Services We Offer

Ear and Hearing Disorders

  • Hearing loss
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Ear congestion and middle ear fluid
  • Ear drainage and recurrent infections
  • Ear drum perforation
  • Ear pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness and vertigo

Sinus and Nose Disorders

  • Nasal congestion (runny nose, postnasal drip)
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal or sinus polyps
  • Recurrent Nosebleeds
  • Sinusitis

Throat Disorders

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Recurrent Tonsillitis
  • Laryngeal reflux

Services We Specialize In

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Surgery

We specialize in the evaluation and surgical treatment of adults with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Surgeries for obstructive sleep apnea are offered when traditional medical treatments are not tolerated. We provide comprehensive evaluation for surgical treatment options.

Procedures We Offer:

Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy (DISE)

Nasal Procedures

  • Septoplasty
  • Turbinate Surgery
  • Nasal valve surgery
  • Sinus surgery

Palate Procedures

  • Expansion Pharyngoplasty
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
  • Palate radiofrequency
  • Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
  • Pillar Procedure

Tongue Region Procedures

  • Tongue Radiofrequency
  • Lingual Tonsillectomy
  • Genioglossus Advancement
  • Hyoid Suspension
  • Other tongue base procedures

Multi-Level Procedures

  • Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Implantation
  • Clinical Research Studies - MAGNAP

Sialendoscopy and Minimally Invasive Salivary Duct Surgery

We specialize in minimally invasive approaches to the salivary duct with sialendoscopy. We treat salivary gland disorders including:

  • Parotid and submandibular gland lesions or tumors
  • Salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis)
  • Salivary gland blockage or obstruction
  • Salivary duct stenosis (scar)
  • Recurrent salivary gland infections from radioactive iodine therapy or Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Recurrent swelling of the salivary gland

The COSS questionnaire is a novel survey developed at UCSF to measure obstructive sialadenitis could help in defining outcomes of salivary duct surgery.

More information can be found at the Sialendoscopy & Salivary Duct Surgery Center

Our Advanced Healthcare Provider (AHP) Team

The UCSF Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery department's Advanced Healthcare Provider team is comprised of Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) who work collaboratively with physicians to provide excellent patient care.

Our PAs and NPs are licensed healthcare professionals with post-graduate training who see patients with general otolaryngology, pediatric otolaryngology, and head and neck surgery conditions. They utilize the most up-to-date technology and evidence-based medicine to care for patients in preventative care, diagnosis, and treatment, including prescribing medications, performing outpatient procedures, and assisting in surgery. Both PAs and NPs are widely accepted by patients and are often more accessible to patients than physicians, spending more time with each patient, and are subject to periodic peer review and clinical outcome evaluations. Our Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery APPs are involved in clinical education, research, and/or administrative duties as well.

Physician Assistants
PAs are nationally board-certified healthcare providers who have completed 2-3 years of post-graduate medical training, which equips them to manage a variety of medical conditions.

Nurse Practitioners
NPs are board-certified advanced practice nurses who have completed 2-3 years of master’s degree training, which equips them to manage a variety of medical conditions.