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George Tkalych is an accomplished ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon. He is now retired but practiced medicine for over 30 years. He served as the head of a number of ENT departments in hospitals in Alabama and Georgia. He has extensive experience in ENT and has treated both children and adults. One of the many conditions he has seen in children is tongue-tie.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

Tongue-tie is a minor deficiency seen most commonly in the mouth of children. Tongue-tie prevents the usual mobility of the tongue and is caused by too short or tight tissue under the tongue. The tissue under the tongue, known as frenulum, anchors the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If this tissue is short or tight, it prevents the tongue from moving in its optimum range.

Tongue-tie is usually noticed at birth and does not often cause many problems. Usually, the frenulum will gradually stretch over time, allowing for the tongues range of motion to increase. In some cases, though, the frenulum is so tight that the newborn may come across feeding problems. In these cases, treatment is required immediately.

If treatment is not required immediately, the baby is monitored until they are 10 to 12 months old. If the frenulum has not stretched by this point, treatment is recommended otherwise the baby may encounter speech impediments later.

Tongue-tie is treated by a surgical procedure that separates the frenulum. This procedure is called Frenuloplasty and is a quick and painless procedure.

George Tkalych performed thousands of ENT related surgeries during his 32-year career in medicine.


George Tkalych is a successful ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon who recently retired and now lives in Columbus, Georgia with his wife. He practiced medicine for over 30 years and performed thousands of surgeries on children and adults, spoke at medical events and conventions, and had a number of papers and articles published by local media outlets, and medical journals and magazines. He has experienced much during his career as an ENT surgeon. Here are a few of the most common problems that ENT surgeons come across.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

ENT surgeons commonly see sinus problems. The sinuses are empty chambers in the head that fill with air, vibrate, and aid speech. They are an important part of draining mucus, which is why it is important to have clear sinuses. The most common problem seen in sinuses is an obstruction that prevents the sinuses from clearing, thus causing pain.

The most effective way of dealing with sinus problems is usually through medication and self-care. Medication will help fight any colds or allergies that may be causing sinus obstruction while keeping the sinuses moist is a good way of taking care of the sinuses at home. In some cases, surgical procedures are required, but this depends on the longevity and cause of the sinus issue.

Snoring is often a condition that is brought to the attention of ENT surgeons. While snoring is more irritating than dangerous, ENT professionals can treat snoring, especially if snoring gets worse over time. ENT professionals will evaluate the throat for any blockages or swelling, and then recommend a treatment plan after evaluating any medical risks to do with heart rate and blood pressure. There are a few different treatments available for snoring.

The majority of the treatments recommended is not surgical and involve oral appliances that reposition the jaw during sleep, recommended lifestyle changes, and weight loss. For patients who find that non-surgical procedures are ineffective, there are more aggressive surgical options available.

Another common problem that ENT surgeons often come across is severe sore throats. Severe sore throats are usually caused by colds, viruses, the flu, or by bacteria. Severe sore throats can cause rashes, earaches, difficulty breathing and swallowing, joint pain, and hoarseness.

The most effective remedy for sore throats is antibiotics prescribed by doctors. In the case of mild sore throats, ENT professionals will recommend that patients increase their liquid intake, use humidifiers during sleep, gargle warm salt water, or in some cases take mild painkillers.

George Tkalych received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1975.