UnityPoint Health - Grinnell ENT Clinic

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Treatment and Surgery in Grinnell

At UnityPoint Health – Grinnell, you have access to the experts you need to diagnose and treat ear, nose and throat (ENT) issues, close to home. Our ENT, or otolaryngology, doctors also treat conditions of the head and neck.

Our team works with the latest equipment to diagnose ear, nose and throat conditions. We equip our hospital with tools for minimally invasive surgeries.

When you choose us for your ENT care, you can feel confident that your care team is experienced in managing the complexities of ear, nose and throat conditions. You'll find:

  • High-quality care for adults and children with all types of ENT conditions
  • ENT doctors who begin treatment with conservative (nonsurgical) therapies
  • Surgeons who use the latest ENT surgical procedures with demonstrated positive outcomes
  • Comprehensive care, including postsurgery reconstruction of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck regions
  • Care team support so you know what to expect before, during and after surgery

You don't need a doctor's referral to see our UnityPoint Health - Grinnell ENT Clinic specialists. If you or your loved one has ear, nose or throat issues, you can schedule an appointment by calling the UnityPoint Health - Grinnell ENT Clinic at (641) 236-2323 option 6. Our ENT specialist will work closely with your primary care provider to understand your health needs and create a comprehensive treatment plan.

Our Providers

Joseph K Whitman
Joseph K Whitman, DO


Rebecca Dillman
Rebecca Dillman, PA-C


Conditions We Treat

Ear Infections
Ear infections or fluid in the middle ear is one of the most common ear conditions we treat. Ear infections happen when the eustachian tube, which drains fluid from the middle ear, gets clogged.

Ear infections are painful and can cause the eardrum to rupture. They may also cause problems with hearing or balance. Children and adults whose ear infections keep coming back may need surgery. In cases where surgery is necessary, doctors insert ear tubes.
Nose and Sinus Conditions

Severe nose and sinus conditions can cause discomfort and pressure in the face. Going far beyond symptoms of cold or allergy, they may also cause long-term discharge and fever.

Our doctors first try conservative treatments. Sometimes surgery is necessary for severe nose conditions, including:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Chronic runny nose
  • Chronic adenoiditis
  • Deviated septum
  • Sinus surgery
  • Turbinate surgery
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis (also called sinusitis) or sinus inflammation
Throat, Head and Neck Conditions

Throat conditions can affect breathing, sleeping and eating — processes that are vital to your quality of life. Our doctors have the expertise to help find the right treatment for you. Sometimes that means surgery. Some of the many conditions we treat are:

  • Tonsillitis
  • Tonsil stones
  • Oral cancers
  • Vocal cord cancers (chronic hoarseness, voice changes)
  • Neck masses
  • Extraesophageal reflux
Skin Conditions

Our ENT team treats a variety of skin concerns relating to the head and neck region.

  • Surgical removal and reconstruction of facial, head and neck skin cancer
  • Cosmetic skin conditions
  • Benign skin lesions (cyst formations)
  • Malignant skin cancers

Ear Nose and Throat ENT Surgical Procedures

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.

Ear tube surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. 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.
Throat, Head and Neck Procedures

Throat, head and neck procedures treat a wide variety of problems and often involve reconstructive surgery. Our ENT specialists offer you this comprehensive treatment, including:

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Stroboscopy
  • Neck excision
  • Pharyngeal and laryngeal biopsies
Surgeries for Nasal (Nose) and Sinus Conditions

Some of the most common surgeries we offer are:

  • Septoplasty for deviated septum
  • Turbinate surgery for nasal congestion
  • Nasal valve surgery
  • Balloon sinuplasty (sinus surgery)
  • Comprehensive endoscopic sinus surgery

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