Who are ENT specialists?
ENT specialists or Otorhinolaryngologists are doctors who are specialized in diagnosing and treating medical conditions and diseases related to the ear, nose, and throat. They also deal with head and neck medical conditions. Otorhinolaryngology or ENT specialization is the field of medicine that focuses on the study of the ear, nose, throat, head, and neck.
What are the qualifications of the Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist?
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be an ENT Specialist:
- MS - ENT
- MRCS - ENT
- CCST - Otolaryngology
- Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO)
- Diplomate in American Board of Otolaryngology
- FRCS - Otolaryngology
- Ph D - ENT
- DNB - Otorhinolaryngology
- Diploma in ENT
- FCPS - Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
- DNB - ENT
Which procedures do ENT specialists perform?
ENT doctors can perform a variety of ear, nose and throat surgeries along with different diagnostic procedures. Some of them are:
- Sinus surgery
- Nose surgery
- Ear surgery
- Tonsil removal
- Sleep disorder surgery
- Corrective breathing surgery
- Airway reconstruction surgery
- Dental implant surgery
- Facial fracture repair surgery
- Facial reconstruction
- Hearing implant surgery
- Lip surgery
- Microvascular reconstruction
Can ENT doctors perform Rhinoplasty or Nose jobs?
Yes, ENT doctors can perform Rhinoplasty or Nose jobs. Some ENT specialists obtain an additional year of fellowship training and become certified Facial Plastic Surgeons. However, a Plastic Surgeon can also perform Rhinoplasty or Nose jobs.
When should I consult an ENT specialist?
If you are suffering from any of the following diseases or infections, you can consult an ENT specialist:
- Injury to ear, nose or throat
- Severe snoring
- Dysphagia (Difficulty swallowing)
- Ear infection (Otitis media)
- Hearing aids
- Hearing loss
- Swimmer’s ear (Otitis Externa)
- Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears)
- Tonsils & adenoid problems
How do I consult an ENT specialist?
You can consult an ENT specialist either online or offline. However, depending on the availability of the doctor and the convenience of the patient, pre-booking may be required for consultation.
How often do I visit an ENT specialist?
If you have been diagnosed with an ear, nose, or throat related disease or infection, you must visit an ENT specialist on a regular basis until the medical condition is resolved. However, for general checkups of the condition of ears, nose, and throat, you can visit an ENT specialist on a yearly basis.