A.G. asks from Los Gatos, CA on February 17, 2011
Hello wise ladies!!! I'm a lucky mother of a 3 y/o who is suffering of ear infections. The older he gets the worse they are and now I'm contemplating taking him to see a pediatric ENT for an opinion as to surgery or not :(
Any advice on really good pediatric ENT in the area??? I don't mind driving to Palo Alto, we live in Los Gatos I just want him to be in very good hands!
The name Melinda Moir MD with the PAMF has come up already...any feedback on her???
Thank you in advance for your time and honesty!!! AG
A.G. answers from Boston on February 17, 2011
I think pedi ENT's are a secretive bunch.. I am going through the same thing, my son is going to be having his tonsil's and adenoids out due to sleep apnea and we cannot find one single thing out about the ENT doctor his pediatrician sent us to.. we tried looking the guy up online for any malpractice suits etc, and nothing besides being able to see where he graduated from and when.. So opposite side of the country, but best of luck with you child's surgery!
D.M. answers from Denver on February 17, 2011
I'm not from the area, but your pediatrician should be able to recommend one. I would definitely go however, tubes are wonderful!!! Good luck.
Z.M. answers from San Francisco on February 18, 2011
Our ped refered us to Dr. Sajjadi at http://www.earandsinus.com/main.html next to Good Sam when my daughter was about 18 months old, and like her dad and paternal grandparents at that age, was getting chronic ear infections. We did a set of tubes, and it was a very smooth procedure at Good Sam. After she shed the first set... around age 3 the infection came back and we did a second round and went with the recommendation to have her adenoids out. Again a smooth procedure and she thought it was all fun. She is 8 now and never had a hearing issue. (We knew people with hearing loss from repeat infections so that was our big goal.)
His assistant... I think she is an ENT as well and not just a PA? Also great with kids.
So my husband started seeing Dr. Sajjadi, and my mom has as well (all different issues!). Seems all three are getting good care for their myriad of problems. Even the honest evaluation that as far as sleep apnea goes, weight loss would be FAR more effective than any surgery.
Now for the bad news:
Bring a book, ipod, games, snacks.... and be ready for at least an hour wait. When my daughter was monkey toddler I would just hand them my cell phone number on a post-it and inform them I would be waiting downstairs on the lawn where she could roam. They never gave me push back about that. My mom reports the issue hasn't gotten much better over the past 6 years (down from 75 min to 45....wee!) and she just mentally thinks of it as an hour of quality reading time.
S.L. answers from San Francisco on February 18, 2011
Good news! You don't need to go all the to Palo Alto. Mark Kita works out of the Good Samaritan area. I worked with Dr. Kita at a surgery center for 5+ years. He's an excellent surgeon and you'll like his bedside manner. I've recovered his patients after ear tube placement and tonsils and adenoid surgery. I feel very comfortable recommending him for those procedures.
N.P. answers from San Francisco on February 18, 2011
Another vote for Mark Kita, M.D. He was great with my son, and very thorough. I did not end up doing the surgery for my son (I was concerned about my son's adenoids), but I would have felt very comfortable with Dr. Kita performing the surgery. I liked that he didn't take one look at my son and say "when can we schedule his surgery", but instead wanted an x-ray and a tape of him breathing at night to back up his diagnosis. My son seemed to "outgrow" the issues that were concerning me, like Dr. Kita had said could happen. I was impressed with my experience at his office. I did need to get a referral from my pediatrician for my insurance to cover the office visits. Dr. Kita's # is: ###-###-####. I hope this helps, and good luck with your son!
S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on February 17, 2011
Most ENTs need a referral from your pediatrician. I know our insurance company won't cover any visits to a specialist unless it's a referral. Just talk to your son's pediatrician. They should be able to point you in the right direction.