Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Ear Surgery Available at Guthrie

Dr. Kirk Tolhurst, Otolaryngologist, in the Guthrie Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department is now performing minimally invasive ear surgery on adult and pediatric patients endoscopically through the ear canal. This advanced, minimally invasive technique allows the surgeon better visualization and navigation of this complex area during surgery. It generally results in a less painful recovery period and more rapid healing time. Guthrie is the only provider in the region offering this advanced surgical technique in ear surgery.

During endoscopic ear surgery a small scope with a camera on the end is placed into the ear canal and tiny, specially designed instruments are used to perform the surgery. This technique allows the surgeon to better visualize the tympanic membrane and middle ear. These telescopes have a wider angle of vision and can allow inspection in previously poorly seen recesses in the middle ear and mastoid chambers. Traditional ear surgery is performed under a microscope and often requires that the surgeon make a large incision behind the ear to access the complex system of tiny structures within the ear.

Pediatric and adult patients suffering from cholesteatoma, eardrum perforation or chronic ear disease may be candidates for endoscopic ear surgery. Dr. Tolhurst sees patients in Sayre, Pa., Ithaca and Vestal, N.Y.

For more information or to refer a patient to Dr. Tolhurst, please call his office in Sayre, Pa. at 570-887-2849; Vestal, N.Y. at 607-798-1452 or Ithaca, N.Y. at 607-257-5858.