Rahul Mehta, M.D., Reaches New Milestone

Rahul Mehta, MD, Assistant Professor in the LSU Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has successfully performed more than a hundred cases of total endoscopic ear surgeries. Dr. Mehta has the largest series of total endoscopic ear surgeries in Louisiana. He offers this approach to his patients at University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC) and LSU/Our Lady of the Lake Hearing and Balance Center in Baton Rouge. Only a few centers in the United States offer this minimally invasive approach for fixing ear problems like perforated eardrum, conductive hearing loss, cholesteatoma, etc. Instead of making a large cut at the back of the ear, a small incision is made in the ear canal and a pencil size rigid endoscope is used to visualize the deeper ear structures and to operate via ear canal. With endoscopes, difficult to view areas in the ear can be seen easily and clearly as the attached camera projects the magnified image of the ear on big screens in the operating room. UMC has state of the art operating rooms available with special ear endoscopes, the latest 3 chip cameras, and special endoscopic ear surgery instruments to perform this type of minimally invasive surgery. The LSU Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery team at UMC includes Dr. Mehta, Dr. Rohan Walvekar and Dr. Laura Pelaez (Co-Directors of the UMC site), Dr. Celeste Gary, and Dr. Daniel Nuss.