At UNM Health System, the Division of Otolaryngology at the UNM School of Medicine and the Sandoval Regional Medical Center Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic work together to be the premier provider of ENT services to the people of New Mexico and the neighboring Southwest region. We have educational programs worthy of national recognition, and we continuously work to improve our already excellent leadership in clinical services and education.
Our mission is to provide you with the highest standard of care. We train and educate clinical scholars who share an interest in otolaryngology and its related disciplines. Our expert staff is here to answer your questions relating to any and all ENT conditions.
ENT is a surgical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the ears, nose and throat. Our ENT physicians can help you with a variety of conditions, which include:
- Hearing loss (especially if it’s sudden in nature)
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Chronic ear infections (otitis media)
- Meniere’s disease
- Abnormal bone growth in middle ear that results in hearing loss (otosclerosis)
- Benign tumor of the nerve connecting the ear to the brain
- Skin cyst in middle ear and mastoid (cholesteatoma)
- Ruptured ear drum
- Temporal bone fractures
Our ENT specialists treat conditions through the following services and procedures:
- Hearing evaluations and hearing aid consultation
- Tympanoplasty – a surgical technique to repair/reconstruct a damaged eardrum
- Stapedectomy – a surgical procedure of the middle ear to treat hearing loss caused by abnormal bone growth
- Cholesteatoma surgery
- Cochlear implants – surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound for individuals who are profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing
- Baha implant – a bone-anchored hearing aid that reroutes sound by sending it through the bone
- Pressure equalizer tubes/ventilation tubes – a small tube inserted into the eardrum to ventilate and equalize pressure in the middle ear, which decreases the frequency of ear infections
- Gamma Knife surgery – a noninvasive neurosurgical tool used to treat acoustic neuroma
- Aural atresia surgery – a surgical option for individuals born without a well-formed ear canal (congenital aural atresia) in which a new opening is created to restore functional hearing
- Robotic surgery – typically used for oropharyngeal cancer (tonsil and cancer at the base of the tongue) but also suitable for certain types of larynx cancer; this is often seen as an alternative or adjunct to concurrent chemo-radiation therapy
- Endocrine surgery – Our highly experienced surgeons are capable of performing the full range of these procedures including total thyroidectomy, central and lateral neck dissection, mediastinal dissection and tracheal resection and reconstruction.