Ear Nose and Throat surgeons (sometimes called otorhinolaryngologist, head and neck surgeons) diagnose, manage and treat a comprehensive range of medical problems affecting the ears, nose or throat.
ENT surgeons commonly treat conditions affecting the senses, such as smell and taste problems or hearing and balance disorders. They also manage patients with conditions that affect breathing and swallowing as well as assessing and treating those patients with head and neck tumours.
ENT consultants manage people of all ages. Children (3 plus) are commonly seen by consultants for assessment of hearing loss or to treat recurrent problems with tonsils and adenoids.
The type of treatment you will receive will be tailored to you and depend on your symptoms, age, lifestyle and other health factors. If further diagnostic tests or treatments are required, these will be explained to you during your consultation.
Adults are regularly referred by a GP for the following conditions:
- Blocked nose
- Facial pain
- Hearing loss
- Throat pain
- Lump in throat and swallowing disorders
- Lumps in neck
- Swallowing disorders
Ear - Adult patients may suffer from hearing loss that requires ENT treatment caused by age, wax impaction, tympanic membrane perforations, trauma and infections.
Nose - Nasal obstruction, nasal crusting, diminished sense of smell, facial discomfort and a watery nose are the commonest symptoms to be reviewed by an ENT Surgeon.
Throat - Throat conditions managed by ENT surgeons include sore throat, hoarseness, pain in the neck and swallowing disorders. ENT surgeons also manage conditions that affect the thyroid gland.
Your consultant will be able to discuss the appropriate investigations required for a fast and accurate diagnosis. We routinely conduct investigations on patients utilising a range of imaging equipment, including ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan and flexible endoscopy.