Khloe can sleep, Khloe can hear

William Remington, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System physician at Winneshiek Medical Center, provides a follow up exam for Khloe Henning who had coblation tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Dr. Remington is showing Khloe’s mother, Karen, the tubes in her ears.

ENT specialty services at WMC improves the quality of life for local 3-year-old

Peaceful wasn’t a word Khloe’s parents, Lynn and Karen Henning, used to describe their 3-year-old daughter. “All 3-year-olds have a lot of energy, but Khloe’s energy was on a different level,” says Karen. “We learned that she may have been extremely active because she was compensating for being so uncomfortable due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids.”

Tonsils are small pieces of lymph tissue on the side of the throat, near the back of the mouth. Adenoids are similar to tonsils, but they are located in the space above the roof of the mouth and cannot be seen by looking in someone’s throat.

Khloe’s tonsils and adenoids were causing problems such as: heavy breathing through her mouth while sleeping, hearing loss, difficulty eating meats and other chunky food, and constant discomfort. “We could stand outside her bedroom door and hear her breathing,” says Karen. “We couldn’t understand what was going on, so we decided to make an appointment with Dr. Remington to see if he could help us.”

William Remington, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic Health System otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat, head and neck specialty surgeon) who provides full-time care at the WMC Clinic in Decorah. “Khloe was suffering from enlarged tonsils and adenoids,” says Dr. Remington. “I recommended coblation tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy because it is a gentle alternative to traditional surgical methods, with rapid recovery time and minimal pain. Khloe was a good candidate for the procedure.”

“We were thankful that Dr. Remington could provide the surgery right here, in Decorah,” says Karen. The day of the surgery, Khloe was cooperative and had a great relationship with the WMC staff. “Everyone was so good with her,” says Karen. “She told her nurse, MaryAnn, that she loved her and she took the anesthetist’s hand and walked away for surgery like they were long lost friends.”

Khloe was able to go home the same day as her surgery. “She could breathe better almost immediately,” says Karen. “She is more peaceful now – you can just tell the difference. She can sit and concentrate. Her speech is better, she can hear and she finally has an appetite. I really encourage other parents to use the specialized care we have available at WMC. Because we saw Dr. Remington, we learned that Khloe’s challenges were due to her tonsils and adenoids. Once she had the surgery, her world changed – we couldn’t be happier.”

To learn more about specialized ENT services available at WMC Clinic, visit, or call 563-382-2911 for an appointment to visit with Dr. Remington.

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