ENT Treatment means Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical Procedures often used to treat traumatic injuries, disease processes and congenital deformities. They are commonly performed procedures and involve all aspects of care in the neck and head area.
The medical specialty field which deals with the ear, nose and throat affections is called otorhinolaryngology and the special field is called otolaryngology. ENT Procedures are used to treat sinus problems, hearing loss and diseases or malfunctions of the throat or larynx such as the adenoids, the tonsils and cancer.
Benefits of ENT Surgical Procedures
ENT Surgical Procedures are used to correct deformities, congenital and birth defects, but also to treat conditions such as cancer. Anyone diagnosed with swallowing problems, hearing problems or sinus problems can benefit from various surgical procedures in the face or neck area. Some of the most common Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Procedures are:
- Throat nodules
- Laryngeal cancer (such as radial neck dissection)
- Tumor removal
- GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
Common Surgical Procedures and Treatment of hearing loss are:
- Tympanoplasty (ear drum reconstruction)
- Cochlear implants
- Treatment for hearing loss requiring hearing aids
- Ear tube placement
- Myringotomy (ear tube insertion for drainage with chronic ear infection)
- Stapedectomy (removal of a portion or all of the stapes bone of the middle ear)
- Treatments for otitis media
Common Surgical Procedures and Treatments of the nose:
- Chronic nasal obstruction
- Nasal fractures
- Hay fever
- Cleft lip/deviated septum (septoplasty)
Cost for ENT Procedures
The Cost for ENT Surgical Treatment depends on several factors such as the geographical location, whether the surgical procedure is an inpatient or outpatient surgery, medical insurance coverage or the surgeon who performs the procedure. In the US for example a cochlear implant could cost $50,000 and an ear tube insertion reaches around $45,000. The treatment for throat cancer or cancers of the nose, mouth or ear could take up to $44,000 and a laryngectomy may cost about $52,000. If the patient chooses to travel to other countries for these procedures, he/she could save up to 60% or thousands of dollars for the same procedures done in the US. The procedures will be performed in modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and experience doctors. The only differences are in the healthcare systems offered in South Africa, Latin America, Central Europe and Southeast Asia.
How to find an ENT Surgeon or Specialist
Try to fin an ENT Surgeon or Specialist who is accredited and certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology or the Entomological Society of America or other similar organizations or boards in the surgeon’s country of origin. The surgeon should also be licensed to perform surgery in the facility you choose. Also check his/her education, training and experience.