Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgical Procedures

At UnityPoint Health – Grinnell, we perform personalized, high-quality ear, nose and throat surgical procedures.

You don't need a doctor's referral to see our UnityPoint Health - Grinnell ENT specialist. Call us at (641) 236-2585 to schedule an appointment.

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell

When you choose us for your ear, nose or throat surgery, you'll find:

  • High-quality care for adults and children with all types of ENT conditions
  • Robotic surgery procedures that help reduce discomfort and allow you to heal faster
  • Care team support so you know what to expect before, during and after surgery

Some of the common ear, nose and throat surgeries we perform are:

Tympanostomy (Inserting Ear Tubes)

When people have recurring ear infections, doctors will sometimes recommend tympanostomy tubes in their ears. Sometimes these are called myringotomy or ventilation tubes.

Ear tubes help drain fluid from the middle ear. The tubes help prevent infections and help people hear better if fluid has affected their hearing. Children most often get these tubes, but sometimes adults need them.

Doctors usually do ear tube surgery in an outpatient clinic. You or your child can go home the same day, but the procedure does require general anesthesia. Under general anesthesia, you (or your child) will be asleep and won't feel pain during the procedure.

The doctor makes a small opening in the eardrum and places the tube in the opening. Usually kids go home within two hours of the surgery. Your doctor may prescribe ear drops to relieve pain or ward off infection after surgery. Call our office if your child is in pain or has a fever or discharge.

Surgeries for Nasal (Nose) Conditions

Some of the most common surgeries we offer are:

Balloon sinuplasty (sinus surgery)

Doctors may treat severe cases of rhinosinusitis, sinus inflammation and blockages with surgery after they try other treatments. A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive endoscopic surgery.

Balloon sinuplasty uses small balloon catheters. The balloons are inflated inside the sinuses, widening the nasal passages. Doctors drain or flush the sinuses. The balloons are deflated and taken out right away. People usually recover quickly from this type of sinus surgery.

Septoplasty for deviated septum

A septoplasty corrects a deviated septum (where the wall between the nostrils is off to one side). Doctors may also do a septoplasty when bone, polyps or tissue are blocking the nose.

To perform the surgery, doctors use an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube that has a light and camera at the end. They can see if something is clogging your sinus and use small tools to remove it or shave the bone.

People usually go home the same day. You may need to breathe through your mouth for a short time after surgery if your nose is blocked while it heals.

Throat, Head and Neck Surgeries

Throat, head and neck surgeries treat a wide variety of problems and often involve reconstructive surgery. Our ENT doctors and facial plastic specialist offer you this comprehensive treatment, including:


Doctors sometimes perform tonsillectomy to treat infected tonsils, called tonsillitis. Doctors now understand that the tonsils are part of the immune system, so they preserve them whenever they can. They try to use other treatments before resorting to tonsillectomy.

Doctors consider tonsillectomy if you have recurring infections or infections that won't go away. Tonsil surgery may also be an option if you have enlarged tonsils or a disease of the tonsils.

Doctors use general anesthesia for a tonsillectomy. Under general anesthesia, you (or your child) will be asleep and won't feel pain during the procedure. People usually go home the same day.

Our doctors follow your care closely in the first few days after your surgery. Complications are rare, but you should call your doctor if you notice bleeding, have a fever over 102 F, are dehydrated or have trouble breathing after your procedure.


A thyroidectomy surgery removes all or part of the thyroid, a gland in the front of your neck. Doctors sometimes use this surgery to treat:

  • Cancer
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) that isn't responding to treatment.

Doctors use minimally invasive surgery techniques for thyroidectomy. Doctors make a small incision and remove all or part of the thyroid. Some people need to take thyroid hormone medications after they have this surgery.


This procedure lets your doctor look at your throat and larynx (voice box). Doctors will do a laryngoscopy if you have a cough or hoarseness that doesn't go away, throat pain or other problems. During the procedure, your doctor can remove growths or objects that are causing problems.

Doctors perform a laryngoscopy by inserting a small tube and a camera (a laryngoscope) into your throat. You'll usually have a mild anesthetic for the procedure.


This surgery removes mastoid air cells, usually because they are diseased. Mastoid air cells are part of your skull, located behind your ear. They are made of bone and look like a honeycomb. Doctors sometimes remove them to treat spreading ear infections, put in a cochlear implant or remove unusual growths of the ear.

Mastoidectomy surgery requires general anesthesia. Your doctor uses a microscope and a small drill. The doctor uses a microscope to carefully place the drill through an incision behind your ear. Then the doctor drills out the infected air cells. You'll have some discomfort afterward and need to take antibiotics.

Esophageal procedures

Your esophagus is the tube in your throat that connects the mouth to the stomach. Surgery on the esophagus is highly specialized. Our head and neck team is specially trained to focus on these complex problems. Learn about esophageal conditions we treat.

Contact Our Ear, Nose and Throat Experts

If you or your loved one has ear, nose or throat issues, you can schedule an appointment at the UnityPoint Health - Grinnell ENT Clinic by calling (641) 236-2585. Our ENT specialist will work closely with your primary care provider to understand your health needs and create a comprehensive treatment plan. Click here for a full list of local otolaryngologists.