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Brian K. Heaberlin, MD, Joins Lexington ENT & Allergy

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brian K. Heaberlin, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Heaberlin will work at Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Brian Heaberlin

Dr. Heaberlin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and chemistry from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, and earned his medical degree from the Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. He then completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Heaberlin has additional specialized training from the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He has more than 10 years of experience providing comprehensive care of ear, nose and throat disorders to patients of all ages, with specific interest in the management of nasal and sinus disorders, allergies and thyroid disorders.

Dr. Heaberlin previously cared for patients in private practice in his hometown, serving as a head and neck surgeon. He joins the board-certified otolaryngologists, audiologists and advanced practice providers at Lexington ENT & Allergy to provide surgical and non-surgical treatments for ear, nose, throat, and head and neck disorders.

Lexington ENT & Allergy
Lexington Medical Park 2
146 East Hospital Drive, Suite 200
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936 – 7530

Can Thyroid Cancer Lead to Heart Problems?

If you’ve had thyroid cancer or even thyroid problems, you may be taking a synthetic thyroid hormone.

Now, a new medical study says that the risk of heart disease and stroke is higher in thyroid cancer patients who take a synthetic thyroid hormone.

How concerned should thyroid patients be?

Dr. Melanie Seybt of Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered the question in this WIS Health U report.

According to Dr. Seybt, thyroid cancer patients are typically dosed with synthetic thyroid hormone a bit higher. When there’s a higher level of thyroid hormone in the body, it can cause some cardiac arrhythmias or increased work on the heart. So, it’s important that all patients have the right amount of synthetic thyroid hormone. In year’s past, some patients thought that taking more thyroid supplementation could boost their metabolism and help them lose weight. That’s true, but it would put more pressure on the heart.

The bottom line is that it’s important for patients on thyroid supplementation to talk to their doctor about heart disease and be aware of other heart disease risk factors including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and being overweight.

To learn more about Dr. Seybt and her Lexington ENT & Allergy, visit www.ENTLexington.com

Pediatric ENT Surgery Close to Home

Most parents have suffered with their little ones through ear infections or tonsillitis. They may have even heard dreaded words that their child needed surgery to make things better. Thankfully, Lexington Medical Center works to make those situations as easy as possible for families.
 
In addition to a wide variety of outpatient surgery programs for adults, the outpatient surgery department at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington offers pediatric ear, nose, and throat surgeries by doctors from Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. The physicians perform approximately 50 surgeries on children each month.

The most common cases are ear tube placements.

Dr. Andrew Battiata with a young patient at Lexington Medical Center Lexington’s outpatient surgery department

“Children are more prone to ear infections because the mechanism that equalizes pressure behind the eardrum is not fully developed yet,” said Andrew P. Battiata, MD, of Lexington ENT & Allergy. “Ear tube surgery is a simple and quick procedure where doctors place a small, plastic tube in the ear drum to equalize pressure and prevent ear infections. It helps children avoid antibiotics and stay out the doctor’s office.”

Treating children of all ages, nearly 50% of the practice’s pediatric ENT surgery patients are children under the age of 12. And, all of the physicians have training in pediatric ear, nose and throat problems.

The doctors at Lexington ENT & Allergy can also remove tonsils and adenoids in the outpatient surgery setting.

“The most common reasons we take tonsils and adenoids out are the obstructive symptoms such as snoring, mouth breathing and obstructive sleep apnea,” Dr. Battiata said.

The patient experience at Lexington Medical Center’s outpatient surgery facilities has consistently measured in the top 5% of all surgery centers in the nation. 
 
The clinical teams enjoy making the youngest patients feel welcome. A nurse greets each child arriving for surgery in the lobby and spends time playing with them for a few minutes. Each pre-op patient is offered a hand-held, portable DVD player. Children can choose what movies they’d like to watch.
 
Pre-op room curtains provide the perfect backdrop for the puppets the nurses use with the children while doctors are talking to their parents. Each young patient also receives a “Lexy Bear,” a Lexington Medical Center teddy bear, wearing a surgical cap and mask.
 
The children head to the operating room for surgery in the comfort of a red wagon that parades the hallways like a train. In the OR, anesthesia surgical masks are called “astronaut masks,” and children learn that they help you sleep and fly to the moon.
 

Clockwise from top left: Andrew Battiata, MD; Edward, A Woody. MD; Neal W. Burkhalter, MD; and Melanie W. Seybt, MD

All of the nurses have training in pediatric advanced life support. Should an emergency happen, they can act on it quickly. There are also two nurses available per child in the recovery room.
 
After surgery, nurses rock the children in rocking chairs until they wake up. When they open their eyes, Mom and Dad come in and a popsicle is served.
 
Patients who are receiving ear tubes are usually there for about two hours. The procedure itself takes about 15 to 20 minutes; most of the time is spent in pre-op and recovery.

Patients who have their tonsils and adenoids removed stay for about three hours.
 
When the child is awake, meets all criteria and the parents are comfortable, they can go home.

“It’s a great atmosphere that serves our patients well,” Dr. Battiata said.
  
And that’s just what the doctor ordered.
 
Lexington ENT & Allergy
Lexington Medical Park 2, Suite 200
146 North Hospital Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936 – 7530

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