Specialists Spotlight – what is an Otorhinolaryngologist?


An Otorhinolaryngologist can also be referred to as an otolaryngologist or ear, nose and throat/ ENT surgeon and they are surgical specialists who diagnose, evaluate and manage a wide range of diseases of the head and neck including the ear, nose and throat regions.

ENT surgeons treat a wide range of conditions which include:

Ear conditions such as:

Otosclerosis • otitis media with effusion • age related hearing loss • tinnitus

Nose conditions such as:

Sinus infection • nasal polyps • tumours of the nose • sense of smell disorders

Throat conditions such as:

Adenoid problems • tonsillitis • laryngitis • swallowing problems

Head and Neck conditions such as:

Cancer of the mouth and throat • thyroid and parathyroid problems • facial skin lesions

Facial cosmetic surgery such as:

Rhinoplasty • otoplasty • blepharoplasty • Facial reconstruction due to trauma or cancer

ENT surgeons will treat medical conditions that affect the senses such as hearing, smell and taste issues, they will also look at balance disorders. Patients who have conditions that affect their voice, breathing and swallowing could be referred to an ENT surgeon as well as patients who have head and neck tumours including the skull base and interface with the brain.

Due to the nature of the conditions that they treat, an ENT surgeon may see more children than most surgeons (other than paediatric surgeons) although they could treat people across the spectrum of age groups from new born babies to elderly patients.

Common procedures performed by an ENT surgeon include:

  • Insertion of grommets for glue ear
  • tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils)
  • adenoidectomy (removal of adenoids)
  • septoplasty
  • microlaryngoscopy
  • oesophagoscopy
  • endoscopic sinus surgery
  • open operations to remove neck lumps, and salivary gland tumours
  • tracheostomy

The above information has been sourced from https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

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