An ENT doctor is short for Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. Their specialty is to treat abnormalities and congenital disabilities in these areas. Normally, they will treat abnormality in the anatomical areas and because of a deformity that normally occurs during embryological development. That leaves the affected person with disabilities. As a result, a disease will sometimes develop in that region later in life, and that can mean head or neck cancer.
When it comes to throat surgery, most often, it will include a complicated procedure to take care of a problem like cancer in the larynx. For more simple procedures, there is sometimes removal of the adenoids or removal of the tonsils. Throat surgery spans across many different age groups and takes place regardless of ethnicity or gender. ENT surgery could be one of the oldest specialties for surgery in the United States, and it uses advanced technology that can sometimes involve major constructive surgeries.
Before a diagnosis will be given, the ENT doctor will first look over a patient's history. After they have looked over the history, they will examine the patient's throat. This is the standard approach that you find with most consultations. They look over the problematic area to decide what needs to be done next. With an examination, the physician gets a better idea about the severity of the deformity. Normally, they check the throat area with their hands to start, but they will use special technological advancements for visualizing the deep anatomical structure of the body. For example, they will sometimes use videostoboscopy to visualize the vocal cords. This has sometimes diagnosed head and neck cancers.
Before the surgery starts, it normally involves the doctor preparing for the surgery. Blood work and instructions to eat nothing after midnight has become the standard instruction. The aftercare of surgery will depend on the patient's health and the type of surgery given. In most cases, the aftercare will relate to wound care and the surgeon helping the patient recover from their illness. Sometimes pain medication will be given, and the patient will have to remain in the hospital for eight to 10 days.
Find PDF versions of the handouts that we give to our patients after their procedures - which include: nasal fracture, tonsillectomy, vocal cord biopsy, PE tube insertion and much more!
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