Dr. Midhuna Prathap

Dr. Midhuna Prathap

ENT Specialist - ENT Surgeon

  Aster DM Healthcare, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10 Years of experience

BIOGRAPHY

Qualification and Experience

Dr. Midhuna Prathap is a specialist ENT Surgeon with nearly 5 years of experience in her field. In the year 2010, she went onto complete her MBBS- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from AIMS, Kochi, India. In the year 2013, she completed her DLO (ENT)- Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology from AIMS, Kochi, India. In 2015 Dr. Prathap went onto complete her MS ENT- Master of Science from KUHS, Trivandrum, Kerala. In 2018 she received an opportunity to complete her Fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Surgery from Chennai, India.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Prathap has a keen interest in treating functional endoscopic sinus surgery, vestibular disorders, and snoring problems. At the same time, till date she has successfully performed endoscopic sinus surgery, micro ear surgery, and pediatric ENT surgery. Dr. Prathap is highly interested and inclined towards research and has published many journal articles under her name. She started her career by working as a visiting consultant in Male, Maldives. She has also worked in her own home country in the Kerala ENT Research Foundation, KERF and KIMS. At present, she is working in the Aster Clinic, Abu Hail as a Specialist ENT Surgeon.

Past Experience

  • Kerala ENT Research Foundation (KERF) and KIMS, India
  • Visiting Consultant, Male, Maldives

Qualifications

  • MBBS
  • DLO (ENT)
  • MS ENT
CERTIFICATIONS (1)
  • Fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Surgery, Chennai, India
RESEARCH PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS (4)
  • Study of the effect of particle repositioning maneuver Epleys versus Semonts in the treatment of idiopathic BBPV of posterior semicircular canal
  • Pneumoparotitis, Amrita journal of Medicine, Vol 8, 2013
  • Confusional tumor of the tongue, Amrita Journal of Medicine, Vol 10,2014
  • Isolated congenital alar rim cleft repair with interpolated melolabial flap, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery Vol 9 September 2015.
Procedures
Cochlear Implant

Cochlear implant is one of the several ways to treat hearing loss. It is an electronic device, a part of which lies on the cochlea (inner ear) and behind the ear that helps stimulate the nerve.

A cochlear implant is advised to a person suffering from complete deafness or partial hearing loss in one or both the ears. The device is used to bypass the usual or normal mechanism by which a person is able to hear external sounds.

Who requires cochlear implant?

Cochlear implant is typically suggested to patient with sensorineural hearing loss. This condition may arise when there is a damage to the tiny hair that are present on cochlea. These tiny hears catch the vibration of an external sound and transfer it to the auditory nerve, which then sends the signal to the part of brain responsible for hearing.

In cases of damaged cochlear hair, the vibrations are not picked up and no signal is sent to the auditory nerve. In such patients, a cochlear implant can help transmit the signal directly to the auditory nerve.

Components of Cochlear Implant

A typical cochlear implant consists of two parts – one is the stimulator, while the other one is a processor.

  • Stimulator: The receiver-stimulator component of the cochlear implant is placed under the skin with the help of a surgery. It helps stimulate the auditory nerve, which then sends signals to the brain.
  • Processor:The processor part is fixed behind the ear, just like a hearing aid. However, it is a bit larger than a typical hearing aid. This component helps process surrounding sounds and speech.
Ear Surgery (Pinnaplasty)

Pinnaplasty is a type of a surgical procedure used for the correction of prominent ears. This procedure is also known as otoplasty or ear pinning. This ear plastic surgery is conducted on people of both the sexes and of all ages, who wish to correct their ears that tend to stick out.

Some people may not bother about the “bat” shape of their ears, but, for others, continuous comments from others can lead to distress, particularly during school years. Pinnaplasty is the best and simple procedure that can solve the problem safely and quickly.

Ear pinning surgery involves making an incision just behind the ear in the natural fold where the ear joins the head. This lets the surgeon reshape the year by removing some part of the cartilage. The surgeon can then use permanent internal stitches to keep the ears in their new place.

Who are the best candidates for pinnaplasty?

The best candidates for pinnaplasty include both children and teenagers, although adults may choose to undergo the surgery as well. This surgery is not recommended for children younger than five as their ears will still be growing and developing.

You can go for pinnaplasty if your ears are protruding or sticking out at a prominent angle from your head. Pinnaplasty is typically carried out in people who have one ear that sticks out much more than the other. In such cases, pinnaplasty can restore the symmetry of ears.

Nasal Polyp Surgery

Nasal polyps are fleshy swellings or polypoidal, benign/non-cancerous masses that develop in the lining of the nose and paranasal sinuses. They usually occur in both nostrils, though unilateral polyps rarely occur. Polyp formation in the nasal cavity is due to chronic allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, and, less commonly due to underlying disease such as cystic fibrosis.

Patients with large polyps present with nasal obstruction (breathing difficulty), persistent nasal discharge (rhinorrhea), sinus infection, and loss of the sense of smell (anosmia) for a prolonged duration.

Tympanoplasty

People from all age groups can get affected by ear disorders and hearing impairment problems. In the United States, a survey revealed that under the age of 65, over 60 per cent of the population suffers from problems related to hearing loss. However, almost 25 per cent of people aged above 65 experience a significant loss of hearing. Thankfully, different types of ENT surgeries are available to treat problems related to the ear.

Most often, people are diagnosed with problems related to the eardrum, or tympanum, and the infection in the cells of the mastoid bone. The tympanum is the thin membranous structure present between the outer and the middle ear. It vibrates when sound waves hit on it and this enables us to hear.

A repair surgery called tympanoplasty is required to treat a perforation or hole in the eardrum. The middle ear is sterile but due to rupture of the eardrum, an infection can also occur. It may also be required for repairing of tiny bones present behind the eardrum or ossicles in the mastoid bone. This repair is known as mastoidectomy.

Tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy are therefore conducted together in many cases. This procedure is known as tympano-mastoidectomy.

Causes of Hearing Loss

There are several reasons that may cause loss of hearing, including the following:

  • Birth defect

  • An ear infection that has grown very severe and left untreated for long

  • The injury suffered by the ear

  • Ear subjected to excessive levels of noise

  • Hearing loss as a result of age

  • Other reasons

Symptoms of Hole in Eardrum

Some of the common symptoms of a puncture in eardrum include the following:

  • Sharp pain in the ear that disappears abruptly

  • Excessive pressure, which will suddenly disappear with the rupture and pus formation in the ear

  • Loss of hearing

  • Dizziness

Types of Tympanoplasty

Type 1 tympanoplasty or myringoplasty is the surgery that ensures restoration of the eardrum that got perforated with drafting

Type II tympanoplasty addresses membrane perforations with erosion in the bone malleus. Grafting is done on the incus bone or in the remains of the malleus.

Type III tympanoplasty is meant for destruction of two ossicles and intact and mobile stapes bone. A graft is placed on the stapes and it provides protection for the total assembly.

Type IV tympanoplasty is useful for cases of ossicular destruction, which has all or part of the arch of stapes included. A graft is placed around the mobile stapes footplate

Type V tympanoplasty is useful when the footplate of the stapes bone is fixed. 

For treating Cholesteatoma, tympanoplasty can be combined with stapedectomy and mastoidectomy and in many cases, a second operation is required to ensure the infection is totally eradicated.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Dr. Midhuna Prathap is one of the most sought after specialists in United Arab Emirates and has over 10 Years years of experience.
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