ENT doctors, or otolaryngologists, are trained in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat (ENT), and head and neck.
But for whatever reason you may have to see an ENT doctor, having organized a consultation it can be quite daunting thinking about what may take place at this appointment.
So what can you expect to happen when you’re there?
This article on ENT consultation is written by Francis Vaz, ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon, London.
ENT doctors largely specialise in different aspects of ear, nose and throat care. They may be trained inboth the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. ENT doctors also care for the nasal cavity and sinuses. This includes allergies and a person's sense of smell, as well as the appearance of the nose and a person's ability to breathing properly through their nose. They also look after the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or oesophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
ENT doctors are trained to treat infectious diseases in the head and neck area. Some diseases include both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumours, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. ENT physicians can perform cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. There are also paediatric ENT physicians who treat the special needs of children.
So there are many reasons for having to visit an ENT doctor but what happens when you are there? An ENT Consultation is very different from an average consultation as we use unusual instrumentation to allow us to visualize difficult areas.
Outlined below is what to expect from a general ENT consultation, however, depending on the presenting symptoms of the patient the consultation may vary, tailoring the history and the examination to the patients’ complaint.