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Otolaryngology and head & neck surgery is a unique specialty, which encompasses a diverse range of conditions. ENT surgeons are qualified in the surgical and medical treatment of conditions of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck, including facial plastics and facial cosmetic surgery. Beacon Hospital has state of the art surgical facility, with the latest in diagnostic radiology providing the perfect setting for treatment of general ENT cases. The main areas of Otolaryngology & Head Neck Surgery include:

Head and Neck

This covers malignant and non-malignant tumours in the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid Common conditions: 

  • Tumours of the throat and larynx
  • Tumours of the head and neck
  • Swelling of the neck
  • Thyroid disorders and tumours (cancerous and non-cancerous)
  • Diseases of lymph and salivary glands

Common procedures:

  • Head and Neck Cancer resection
  • Parotid Surgery
  • Submandibular gland surgery
  • Neck Dissection

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Laryngology

Disorders of the throat including voice and swallowing problems Common conditions: 

  • Inflammations of the throat (tonsillitis)
  • Laryngitis
  • Snoring
  • Voice and swallowing disorders

Common procedures: 

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Snoring surgery
  • Microlaryngoscopy
  • Oesophagoscopy

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Otology

Diseases of the ear, including trauma, cancer, and nerve pathway disorders, which affect hearing and balance Common conditions: 

  • Hearing loss
  • Ear infections
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Tinnitus
  • Balance disorders

Common procedures: 

  • Grommets insertion
  • Myringoplasty
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Mastoid surgery

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Paediatric Otolaryngology

Diseases in children with special ENT problems including birth defects in the head and neck and developmental delays Common conditions: 

  • Glue ear
  • Tonsil infection
  • Adenoid infection
  • Airway problems

Common procedures:

  • Grommet insertion
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Laryngoscopy

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Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the face and neck Common conditions: 

  • Cosmetic nasal deformities
  • Prominent ears
  • Aging face
  • Droopy eyelids

Common procedures: 

  • Cosmetic Surgery on the Nose – Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Facelifts
  • Otoplasty – Cosmetic surgery to the ear
  • Facial cosmetic procedures

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Rhinology & Allergy

Disorders of the nose and sinuses including sensitivities that affect the ear, nose, and throat Common conditions:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of smell Injuries to the nose
  • Nosebleeds
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Sinus infections
  • Nasal allergies
  • Tumours of the nose and sinuses

Common procedures: 

  • Surgery on the nose – Septal surgery
  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
  • Nasal polypectomy

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Information for surgery

Nowadays many of the routine ENT procedures can be done on a day-case basis, however for some procedures we recommend an overnight hospital stay. Your consultant will provide specific information about your surgery. You may change your mind about the operation at any time, and signing a consent form does not mean that you have to have the operation. If you would like to have a second opinion about the treatment, you can ask your specialist. He or she will not mind arranging this for you. You may wish to ask your own GP to arrange a second opinion with another specialist. SMOKING Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of poor healing or infection, causes increased coughing and bleeding after surgery and other complications. As a result we strongly recommend smokers to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks before minor surgery and 6 weeks before major surgery. MEDICATION  Take all routine medicines but certain medicines require attention. Always inform your consultant especially If you are taking any blood thinning medication or if in any doubt. PREGNANCY  We do not undertake surgery during pregnancy except in emergency situations. If there is any chance you may be pregnant please let us know and organise a pregnancy test prior to booking any surgery.

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