Columbia Surgical Specialists


We treat a variety of throat conditions for all ages

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Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils that leads to swelling, sore throat and difficulty swallowing. It is usually the result of a viral or bacterial infection and tends to affect children more frequently than any other age group.


Hoarseness is an abnormally deep or harsh voice that may sound raspy, scratchy, breathy or strained. There may be changes in volume or pitch. It’s usually the result of irritation or injury to the vocal cords and can be caused by a number of different conditions


Laryngitis is swelling and irritation of the larynx (voice box). It causes hoarseness and, in some cases, voice loss. It can be acute (short-lived) or chronic (long-lasting), but it is usually the result of a temporary viral infection or vocal strain, which clears up quickly. Persistent laryngitis that lasts longer than two weeks could be the sign of a serious condition and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Voice Disorders

You may have a voice disorder if you have trouble controlling pitch, volume, tone or other voice qualities. Symptoms of voice disorders include quivering sound, hoarseness, choppiness, breathiness or unusual pitch. Other symptoms are physical, like feeling a lump in your throat when speaking, feeling tired in your throat or voice box and tenderness on the outside of your throat.


The thyroid gland sits in front of the trachea, below the larynx. It is responsible for controlling metabolism by producing hormones that are carried through the bloodstream, affecting everything from oxygen to heat consumption. When your thyroid produces too much or too little hormone, it can have a serious adverse effect on your body.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition characterized by pauses in breathing that occur repeatedly throughout the night. They may last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes and occur in conjunction with loud snoring. People with sleep apnea often feel tired during the day since their quality of sleep is poor.


As many as forty-five percent of adults report occasional snoring, but over twenty-five percent snore every night. Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction in air flow in the back of the mouth and nose. The sound we hear is the result of the tongue and upper throat vibrating against the soft palate and uvula during breathing.

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