ENT surgeons often treat conditions that affect the senses
such as hearing and balance disorders or smell and taste problems. They also treat patients with conditions that affect their voice, breathing and swallowing as well as those with head and neck tumours including the skull base and interface with the brain.
ENT surgeons may treat people of all ages from newborn babies to elderly people. They see more children than most other surgeons, apart from paediatric surgeons.
A proportion of an ENT surgeon’s time is spent in outpatient clinics and managing conditions medically without the need for surgery.
One of the attractions is that they treat a wide spectrum of ages and diseases.
The use of microscopes & endoscopes in outpatients allows treatment/ diagnosis in the clinic. ENT has possibly the widest range of operations of any speciality from major head & neck procedures with flaps & complex reconstructions to microsurgery on the ear.