After suffering for many years with numerous ear and strep throat infections, with a routine of going to the doctor to receive antibiotics that may or may not work, Madison Elliott, age 6, from St. Charles, was referred by her primary care physician to Shannon Radgens, DO, at Red Cedar Ear, Nose & Throat, a department of Memorial Healthcare.
Dr. Radgens began monitoring her and after a year, Madison underwent surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids in December 2017. After a successful surgery and recovery, she is back to being a normal, healthy, and energetic first-grader at Big Rock Elementary, in Chesaning.
“February is National Kids ENT Health month. ENT disorders affect many children as they grow to become young adults. Identifying and treating these conditions allow children to maximize their potential in life. Conditions that can affect children range from hearing loss to chronic infections of the ears, nose and throat,” stated Dr. Radgens.
Tonsils and adenoids are what ENT doctors call the twin superpowers in the throat that help fight infection. Tonsils are clumps of tissue on both sides of the throat that are relatively easy to see (especially when they are enlarged).
Adenoids are a patch of tissue that hides behind the nose and roof of the mouth. They, along with the tonsils, are part of the lymphatic system. The purpose of the lymphatic system is to clear away infection and keep body fluids in balance. The adenoids and tonsils work by trapping germs coming in through the mouth and nose.
“Dr. Radgens was very knowledgeable and to the point. He sits down with you and explains everything in a way that you will understand. He even used x-rays and other pictures to help in his explanation,” said Richelle Elliott, mom of Madison.
“I would highly recommend Dr. Radgens to anyone who suffers from ear, nose or throat issues. My daughter and I have received excellent care from Dr. Radgens and his staff at the Red Cedar ENT.”
Red Cedar ENT and Audiology is here to serve Shiawassee county and the surrounding regions in treating ENT disorders. If you feel your child may be in need of ENT services, please feel free to contact us at: (989) 729-4800.
(pictured is Madison Elliott, age 6)