Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is a specialty concerned with the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose and throat and related structures of the head and neck.
This specialty encompasses managment of patients with loss of hearing and balance, endoscopic examination of air and food passages, management of allergic conditions, and treatment of sinus, laryngeal, thyroid and oesophageal disorders. It also includes cosmetic facial reconstructions, and surgery of benign and malignant tumours of the head and neck.
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Your consultation will consist of a discussion of your problem and an appropriate examination. During the course of a consultaton Mr Russell may wish to use telescopic, microscopic equipment and/or nasal airflow assessment to complete the examination.
Mr Russell encourages you to ask questions and you are welcome to have someone to accompany you during the consultation.
An accurate description of your problem is vital and it is important that you have a clear understanding of any suggested diagnoses or management plans.
Printed information is available from Mr Russell on many conditions.
If you require surgery, Mr Russell will provide full information, both verbal and written, for all procedures.
Mr Russell is available to answer questions relating to the surgery prior to the procedure.
TONSILLECTOMY/ADENOIDECTOMY is a common procedure, performed on both children and adults.
Mr Russell will have discussed the reasons for the operation. Most people are recommended for this surgery because of recurrent tonsillitis or airway obstruction. There are other possible indications for this operation - including quinsy, snoring, chronic sore throats and ear infections.
Coblation® is an advanced technology designed to quickly and gently remove tonsils and adenoids using high frequency energy and saline. Coblation technology does not rely on a heat-driven process to remove target tissue and is designed to preserve surrounding healthy tissue. The procedure can be performed on an Day Stay basis. In such cases, patients typically return home shortly after the procedure. (Only available at St. John of God Hospital)
The insertion of middle ear ventilation tubes (grommets) is one of the most common operations performed on children. Adults also may need this procedure.
Mr Russell will have discussed the indications for the surgery. This operation is recommended for children who have a hearing problem due to a persistent fluid collection in the middle ear. It may also be suggested as a treatment for recurrent middle ear infections.
Nasal obstruction and nasal deformity are the two most common reasons for undergoing a nose operation. Nasal obstruction may often be relieved by medications (e.g.sprays) and surgery will be advised if these treatments have not been successful.
This surgery may require straightening the nasal septum and/or reducing the size of the inferior turbinates.
The inferior turbinates can be reduced by excision or by using Coblation, which is an advanced technology that removes and shrinks soft tissue inside the turbinates using gentle radiofrequency energy and natural saline. Because Coblation is not a heat-driven process, surrounding healthy tissue is preseved allowing for a quick recovery.
Cosmetic surgery to the nose is generally performed in conjunction with a plastic surgeon to provide the best overall result for both function and appearance.Before any cosmetic operation (rhinoplasty) it is important to have medical photographs taken of the nose.
Surgery within the Paranasal Sinuses is performed as part of the management of chronic sinusitis. The sinus disease is generally managed conservatively initially, but sometimes surgery is required if the problem is resistant to medical treatment.
Prior to the surgery, accurate imaging, usually via CT, is performed. This is critical to provide important anatomical and medical information.
Sinus surgery is performed endoscopically, which means that the nose is visualised using a telescope. The sugery is designed to create a more functional sinus system that will be able to care for itself more efficiently and that will enable medical treatment to be more effective in the future.
Mr Russell will have discussed the reasons for the operation. The main aim of the surgery will be to provide a safe and dry ear, with the best possible hearing. Some ear conditions cause little effect to the patient's health, but, others are more serious and require more urgent and intensive treatment.
Mr Russell will give a guide as to the expected success rate of the operation and the problems that may be encountered. If any bone drilling is necessary, this will be explained. The care after the operation is very important and instructions will be given.