Ears

Treatment is offered for patients with hearing loss and tinnitus. Both outer ear and deeper ear infections can be treated. Painful or suspicious lesions on the ear may need excision. Reconstruction of the ear drum and ossicles (bones) can also be carried out.

Children presenting with hearing loss due to glue ear who often have speech delay may require grommets. Other causes of hearing loss can also be diagnosed and advice given.

Treatments include (but are not limited to):

  • Excision of lesions of ear
  • Microsuction for ear wax
  • Grommet insertion
  • Myringoplasty (repair of eardrum)

Nose

Patients with nose bleeds may require cauterisation. Nasal airway obstruction can be due to a deformity of the mid line septum, polyps or inflammation of the lining of the nose possibly due to allergy; all of which can be treated by medication or in some cases surgery. Recurrent or persistent sinus symptoms may need scanning and again surgical treatment is required in the minority of cases.

Suspicious lesions on or near the nose can be surgically removed.

Treatments include (but are not limited to):

  • Excision of lesions of nose
  • Septoplasty
  • Cauterisation for nose bleeds
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
  • Polypectomy

Throat

Recurrent tonsillitis in children or adults may be treated by tonsillectomy.

Patients presenting with voice problems or swallowing issues will require endoscopic examination of the throat which can be carried out in the outpatients department but some cases will require examination under anaesthetic and biopsies.

Treatments include (but are not limited to):

  • Tonsillectomy (children and adults)
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Endoscopic examination of the throat (including biopsy +/- laser)