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’s, MD, special interests include medical and surgical diseases of the head and neck, including chronic ear and sinus diseases and neck cancer and trauma. He was selected as one of the “Top Doctors in the Twin Cities” in Minneapolis St. Paul magazine in 2011.

John Larsen’s, MD,  special interests include cancer of the head and neck, ear surgery and sinus surgery. He was awarded one of three President’s Awards from the Minnesota Medical Association in 2008. He is board certified in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology) and Otolaryngology.

John Meccia, MD, a specialist 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 2011.

Wade Swenson, MD, received his medical degree and completed a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota.

New procedure offered

SINUVA implantMichael Hopfenspirger, MD, Otolaryngology, 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. 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.

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