Divisions >> Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery >> Otolaryngology Surgery Update e-newsletter >> March 2015 Issue >> Chairman's Letter
As we approach the end of another long Wisconsin winter, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Otolaryngology program here at the University of Wisconsin. The Department of Surgery has been asked to focus on educating patients and referring providers on the minimally invasive initiative taking place here at UW Health. Within the Otolaryngology division we have a number of minimally invasive initiatives — some new, some not so new.
Dr. Seth Dailey has been very active in developing a minimally invasive clinic procedure-based practice for the treatment of benign and premalignant laryngeal pathology. This includes in-clinic laser procedures for Reinke’s edema, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, premalignant leukoplakia, and also injection laryngoplasty for management of short and long-term vocal fold paralysis.
I’ve been working, in conjunction with Dr. Azam Ahmed of Neurosurgery, to advance the University of Wisconsin’s minimally invasive skull base surgery program for management of pituitary adenomas, skull base meningiomas, and both benign and malignant pathology of the paranasal sinuses. Over this three-year interval, more than 75 such skull base procedures have been completed. In general, oncologic results are equivalent to that of open procedures and hospitalization and morbidity substantially less than with traditional open craniofacial resection.
Within the Otology section, Drs. Mark Pyle and Sam Gubbels are regularly performing intra-tympanic therapies for hearing loss and vertigo. New initiative include the use of the DaVinci robot for management of oropharyngeal cancers and the use of sialendoscopy for management of salivary stones and stenosis. These later two techniques are discussed in greater detail in this newsletter.
In addition, this letter includes a report on our CME efforts for the new Charles Ford Professorship. We wish to thank the many who attended the educational and social events surrounding the professorship and I know that this meant a great deal to Dr. Ford as well.