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Dr. James Sidman

Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Minneapolis, MN
42 years experience male

Locations

Office

Minneapolis, MN

Address

2530 Chicago Ave S, Children's Specialty Ctr, #450, Minneapolis, MN
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

About

Bio

Dr. Sidman started Pediatric ENT Associates in 2001 after practicing in the Twin Cities for 8 years. In 2012, Pediatric ENT Associates merged with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He is now the Director of Children's ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. His areas of special interest in pediatric otolaryngology are cleft lip and palate, airway reconstruction, and the treatment of facial paralysis. Dr. Sidman graduated from Vassar College. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Micronesia and then went to Dartmouth Medical School. He served in the National Health Service Corps as a general practitioner in rural Maine for two years. He then completed his Otolaryngology training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After residency, he was on the full time faculty at the University of Connecticut and was the acting Chief of Otolaryngology there for one year. He has served on numerous committees for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Society, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and has been an oral board examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at numerous medical schools. He has published numerous articles in addition to local and national presentations, and is the director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. He is a Professor in Otolaryngology and in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.

Specialties
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Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

276 Answers
234 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Up to 6 weeks: The palate can be a bit stiff after a tonsillectomy and make the voice sound weird. This should be gone by 6 weeks after surgery. If it is not, go s... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Salt water to nose: Salt water irrigations to the nose can really help clear up sinus infections without the use of antibiotics in many cases.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
A few options: A septal perforation causes crusting and bleeding. Saline irrigations and mineral oil drops will help with the symptoms. Your ENT doctor can help yo... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No need to panic: Where is it? If it is on the skin, then the chances are high that it will go away over a few years. There is good medication to make it go away very... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
A few possibilities: This could be caused by a few things. We used to think this was caused by anxiety, but now understand that it is frequently a symptom of acid reflux ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Ignore: Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. That can be serious. Talk to your doctor.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Almost always: Septal perforations almost always get worse over time, and can eventually result in a "saddle nose" were the outside of the nose, the ridge, collapses... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Ask rheumatologist: This could be a nodule related to the JRA. There are other possibilities also. See your rheumatologist and ask if it needs to be removed.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No need to fix: A narrow palate usually doesn't have to be fixed unless it causes a problem with the bite (the way the teeth come together). If there is a malocclusi... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Ignore: 1. Lose weight if you are overweight 2. Consider sleep study if too sleepy during the day.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Spray is fine: The nasal spray is fine to use with an antihistamine. No problem.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
It depends on a lot.: Cleft lip and palate can be as high as 50% (one in two children) for people with certain genetic make up, or much lower. Caucasians have about a 1 in... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Sunblock: Sunblock spf 30-40 for 6 mos after the wound. Silicone tap/gel probably helps, but is not a good idea in young children as they will ingest it! othe... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Aspiration?: Watch for choking episodes, or recurrent pneumonia, or shortness of breath. These symptoms would require help from a pediatric ENT doctor.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Experienced surgeon: Although doing surgery before birth, in the uterus, will prevent scarring, it is way too risky. The risk of causing death to the baby, or even the mo... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Infection: You sound like you have an infection, possibly bacterial or viral, or both. The shortness of breath is the worrisome thing in your description. You ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
It is ok: It is ok to take Amoxicillin and tylenol (acetaminophen) in normal doses.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: There are some very sophisticated methods to make a paralyzed face move again. This is called facial reanimation. See a facial plastic surgeon, or g... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Tough question: Facial paralysis is not likely due to leukemia, but more likely due to the chemotherapy, or possibly radiation if that was used. You should see an EN... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Consider treatment: I cannot agree with the other doctors here. This is a very noticeable area of the face, and draws a lot of attention. 60-75% will go away after 5-8 ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Potentially serious.: You should have this checked out today, in the emergency room. This could be very serious!
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
It can: Treacher collins syndrome frequently has cleft palate associated. It is a birth defect associated with downsloping eyes, small midface and lower jaw,... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Surgery, laser, meds: Depending on how recent and how bad the scar is, you might benefit form laser or medication to put on it or injected. There is always the possibility... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Telescope to look in: An endoscope is a rigid or flexible telescope made for looking inside the body. It can go in through natural openings (lke the mouth or nose), or can... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No.: Radiology studies do not help. All you see is inflammation/pus. An experienced surgeon will have to find and excise the entire tract and cyst or it ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Likely yeast : It is common for trach stomas to get a yeast infection around them, which can cause intense itching. See your doctor as this is very easily treated w... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Speech, not voice. : Cleft palate, even repaired, can cause speech issues. The most common is too much air coming through the nose during speaking. This can usually be fi... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Complicated.: Depends on what you mean by "nasally". Hyponasal means you sound like your nose is blocked and you have a cold. This is normal periodically. Hypern... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Speech pathologist: Have a speech pathologist who cares for children evaluate your child and help develop a plan to help. Your local school should have someone who can do... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Not by waiting: After about 1 year, there is not much chance of further recovery of facial function. If it looks like the symmetry is improving, that is probably fro... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
A few possibilities: There are a number of ways to speak after a trach. If the trach tube is not filling the entire airway, then the person can put their finger on the op... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No: Cleft lip is not painful. It is normal for that baby! sometimes the lip edges get a bit dried out, and the gums also, but this doesn't cause pain.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Hard to say: This could just be a simple virus, or the sign of something more serious. You should take your child to the doctor very soon.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
ENT doctor: Ear, nose and throat doctors, also known as otolaryngologists or head and neck surgeons.Ent.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
It depends: Sphenoid sinus disease that causes symptoms such as headaches should be operated on if it does not respond to antibiotics. If there are no symptoms,... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Lip by 3 months.: Lip repair is usually done by 3 months old, and palate repair by 10 months before speech begins. The age of lip repair is not critical, and most surg... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on a lot: If there is nothing in the family history, then there is about a 4% risk of children having this. However, this might vary depending on a lot of thin... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No.: A large tongue does not mean down syndrome. Lots of normal people have large tongues. Believe it or not, people with Down syndrome don't have large ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Cleft "Lip"?: Cleft lip surgery is straightforward for a trained cleft surgeon. Even the wide ones and bilateral ones take an experienced surgeon about 1-2 hours t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Two reasons: In a tension pneumothorax, the pressure from the trapped air on one side forces the trachea and remaining lung over to one side. In just a regular pn... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes infants with laryngomalacia aspirate and so develop an oral aversion. This goes away when the aspiration resolves.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
5-10 days usually: For most people, the risk of bleeding after tonsillectomy is over about 10 days after the surgery, 14 days at the outside. It is possible but unlikel... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Speech pathologist: Have a speech pathologist who cares for children evaluate your child and help develop a plan to help. Your local school should have someone who can do... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Speech therapy: Speech therapy, or sometimes psychotherapy is the most effective way to treat vocal cord dysfunction. Biofeedback can be used effectively also.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes, but not likely: Brain tumors near the brainstem can cause facial paralysis but that is not a common cause of facial paralysis. This would almost always show up on an... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Part of anesthesia: The anesthesia for intubation will often include a paralytic agent, but it either wears off or can be reversed by the time the person is ready to wake... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Worse for adults than children. Depends on a lot of things such as size of tonsils, how often inflamed, technique of surgery, etc.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Consider MRSA: Mrsa (methicillin resistant staph aureus) is a common cause of multiple small abscesses. Viruses can do something similar. You should get these cult... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
No: A palatal expander helps get the child with a cleft palate ready for bone grafting to repair the hole in the gum line. The expander is used to align ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Cleft lip and palate is often hereditary, but can also appear for the first time in a family. About 40% of the time the cause of the cleft can be fig... Read More
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Apr 10, 2015
Dr James Sidman is an excellent physician, very knowledgeable,passionate, and on the top of his field. He is a great value to the people of MN, and to the family of health tap
Dr. Sidman is an excellent surgeon and world-leader in pediatric facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Sidman is a tremendous Pediatric ENT. I cannot recommend him more highly!
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Thanks. I know exactly what it is. I have read my surgeon's chapter on the procedure. For us it's more about the recovery trauma for my daughter right now and how small she is- although BIG compared t...Read More
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Thanks. She is now in her first pedi trach- up from a Neo. Same diameter. She has used PMV without desat for years before trach change. We are following up. (she's 6, small for age, but trach is aok p...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Had cystectomy from sinus, few days smell of rotten meat..antibiotic. .grafted with gentomycimn impregnated material. .allergy, new fix fail

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dartmouth Medical School, NH
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Minneapolis, MN - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Minneapolis, MN - Winter
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Minnesota - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Medical School
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