As can be seen in the list above, there are a wide variety of conditions related to the ear, nose, and throat. Many of these conditions can be treated effectively without the need for any type of surgery.
Sometimes, medical advice and lifestyle changes are all that are needed to bring you relief from your symptoms, and your Consultant will help you with this.
If possible, hearing loss is a concern, a dedicated soundproof audio booth on-site allows hearing tests to be carried out quickly and easily.
Infections in the ear can often be successfully treated with eardrops. If hearing loss is found to be caused by a build-up of fluid in the middle ear (glue ear), grommets may be an option. These tiny plastic tubes allow fluid to drain from the ear, preventing a build-up of fluid.
Small holes in an eardrum will usually heal naturally over time. If the hole is particularly large, you may require a myringoplasty, to reconstruct the ear drum using a skin graft.
Balloon Eustachian Tuboplasty can be helpful for people who suffer from frequent or particularly severe popping ears.
Some tonsil problems are best treated by the surgical removal of the tonsils (a tonsillectomy).
Recurrent or long-lasting nasal blockages may be treated with Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) and/or a Nasal Polypectomy (removal of polyps). If the nasal blockage is being caused by a deviated septum (the bone and cartilage separating the two nostrils), a Septoplasty to straighten it may help.
An unexplained or new lump in your neck may require a biopsy (small tissue sample). This will be sent away for examination under a microscope. If any type of cancer is confirmed, you will be referred on to an appropriate Specialist Cancer treatment team.
More extensive surgeries may require referral to a neighbouring facility, but your Consultant will continue to manage your treatment.