Ear, Nose, and Throat
Otolaryngology, is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders and conditions of the ear, nose and throat region and related areas of the head and neck. Ridgeview Specialty Clinic – Otolaryngology provides comprehensive ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialty services to people of all ages. As head and neck surgeons, otolaryngologists are uniquely trained to treat a wide variety of conditions. Many times these conditions can be treated medically or with minor office procedures. Some of the more common conditions treated in the office include:
What is an otolaryngologist?
An otolaryngologist is a physician who completes at least five years of surgical residency training. This is composed of one year in general surgical training and four years in otorhinolaryngology – head and neck surgery. Following residency training, some otolaryngologists complete an advance sub-specialty fellowship, where training can be one to two years in duration.
About the physicians
Michael Hopfenspirger, MD, board-certified in otolaryngology, has special interests in medical and surgical diseases of the head and neck, including chronic ear and sinus diseases, nasal airway concerns, reconstructive head/neck plastic surgery and trauma. He was selected as one of the “Top Doctors in the Twin Cities” in Minneapolis St. Paul magazine in 2011, 2016-2018.
John Meccia, MD, board-certified in otolaryngology, diagnoses and treats – both medically and surgically – diseases of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck for adult and pediatric patients. He was selected as one of the “Top Doctors in the Twin Cities” in Minneapolis St. Paul magazine in 2012 and as one of the "Best Doctors for Women" by Minnesota Monthly in 2011..
Wade Swenson, MD, board-certified in otolaryngology, treats a broad range of disorders of the head and neck region. He sees both pediatric and adult patients and particularly enjoys working with children. His special interests include chronic ear disease, sinusitis, voice disorders, tumors of the head and neck and thyroid cancer. He received his medical degree and completed a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota.
New procedure offered
Ridgeview offers SINUVA sinus implants for adults who have had sinus surgery and suffer from nasal polyps. The implant is designed to treat nasal polyps in patients 18 years or older through the slow release of a corticosteroid over time. SINUVA is made from bioabsorbable polymers designed to soften over time. Ridgeview also offers the Latera implants, which support the nasal valves to improve airflow, and the placement of bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA) for patients suffering from hearing loss. Call Ridgeview Specialty Clinic at 952-925-5626 for more information about this procedure.
Appointments and location
To learn more about Ridgeview Specialty Clinic – Otolaryngology or to schedule an appointment, please call 952-925-5626. Please download our Patient Health History Form, complete it and bring it with you to your appointment.