Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Specialty Centers

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Skull base with its complex of nerves. (Click image to enlarge.)

Our otolaryngology–head and neck surgeons are active members of Stony Brook Medicine's Skull Base Surgery Center, which offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for skull base tumors — both benign and malignant tumors that form in the base of the skull where the head and neck meet.

In the past, surgery for conditions in this area was impossible because of the complexity and risks involved. However, advances in technology as well as surgical techniques now make it possible for a multidisciplinary surgical team to perform successful surgery.

The skull base surgery team brings together experts in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, neurosurgery, radiology, and anesthesiology, all of whom have extensive experience in treating patients with skull base disorders.

Our otolaryngology–head and neck surgeons are members of the multidisciplinary team of Stony Brook Medicine's Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Center, dedicated to treating cleft palate and other congenital facial abnormalities.

Before and After Surgery at Stony Brook The Stony Brook Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Center provides specialized multidisciplinary care for children of all ages born with cleft lip/palate and other defects affecting the head (cranium) and/or face.

The birth of a child with a craniofacial abnormality can be a difficult time for family, friends, and relatives. Helping the family cope and plan for the future is the goal of the cleft lip/palate and craniofacial team at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Our ENT specialists play an important role in the care of the child born with a cleft palate, because the child will have a difficult time clearing fluid out of the ears, especially after an ear infection.

Organized in 1984, the team has been a resource for care and support to the families of several hundred children from Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Our laryngologists are members of the multidisciplinary team of Stony Brook Medicine's Heartburn and Esophageal Center. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, hurts. Not only does it cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms, but it also can damage the esophagus and raise the risk of cancer.

Breathing problems, swallowing disorders, and hoarseness may also occur. For some patients, medications and simple lifestyle changes provide relief. But for those whose symptoms continue long term, a more comprehensive approach, including surgical options, should be considered.

That's what the Heartburn and Esophageal Center specializes in. The multidisciplinary approach to reflux and its complications as well as other esophageal problems involves the best ideas in medicine — including today's most advanced, minimally invasive surgical options.