If you are suffering from a recurring ear, nose or throat problem that is not responding to medical treatment, your Petal MS ENT specialist may advise surgery, for which the skills of a specially qualified ENT surgeon will be required. An ENT surgeon is also known as an otolaryngologist or otorhinolaryngologist. The medical term ‘otorhinolaryngologist’ is derived from the Classical Greek words ‘ot’ meaning ear, ‘rhino’ meaning nose, ‘laryng’ meaning throat, and ‘logy’ meaning study. It literally means ‘the study of the ear, nose and throat’.
ENT Petal MS surgeons specialize in performing surgery for the treatment of various conditions, diseases and deformities, related to the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. They are basically medical doctors with undergraduate degrees (MD, DO, MBBS, MBChB), who have completed at least one year of general surgical residency, and at least four years of ear, nose and throat surgical residency. In addition, some ENT surgeons complete special training programs to specialize in fields such as pediatric ENT, laryngology and otology. On an average, ENT surgeons receive a total of fifteen to sixteen years of training in the field, before they begin practicing.
In a modern Petal MS ENT clinic, an ENT surgeon is usually supported by ENT doctors as well as trained nurses, anesthetists and other medical assistants. Some common types of surgery performed by ENT surgeons are:
• Tonsillectomy: This procedure is one of the most common surgeries performed by an Ear Nose Throat surgeon. It is usually advised when a patient experiences recurrent infections of acute tonsillitis. Tonsillectomies can result in discomfort for a few days, and may sometimes require a hospital stay. Patients usually recover in about two to three weeks.
• Rhinoplasty: This procedure can be performed for aesthetic reasons, as well as for functional or reconstructive purposes. The procedure usually lasts between one to four hours, depending on the complexity of the particular case. In some cases, bone and cartilage is grafted from other parts of the patient’s body, and transplanted to the nose.
• Adenoidectomy: This procedure involves the removal of the adenoids, which are a single clump of tissue, located at the back of the nose. Some of the reasons for which removal is suggested are chronic infections, impaired breathing and earaches. Adenoidectomies are usually performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia.
• Removal of swellings: ENT surgeons may often have to remove cysts and swellings in the ear, nose, throat, neck and head area. In addition, they may also sometimes have to remove cancerous or non-cancerous tumors, as well.
• Hearing loss: Individuals may sometimes lose their ability to hear properly, due to an accidental injury, infection, old age or other factors. In some cases, they may hear strange noises in their ears, like a buzzing, tinkling or squeaking. If the patient’s hearing does not get corrected through medicines or therapy, they may be advised ear surgery.
If you have been advised to consult with an ENT Petal MS surgeon by your doctor, you should choose a highly experienced ENT surgeon, whom you trust and are comfortable with.
A bad ear or a case of tinnitus? When the full facts are not known, it is easy to miss the obvious. In this case, it was not so obvious, which is why I think it was missed.
Sylvia, not her real name, had suddenly one night been disturbed by a pain in her ears. Her sinuses and ears hurt a great deal, and she had a headache. There was a buzzing in her ears, and she felt unbalanced. She went to sleep, and when she awoke, she had a blocked feeling and pain in her left ear, and a bunged up feeling in her left eye and sinus area. She had become partially deaf in her left ear ever since. She had changed jobs a few months before this had happened, but apart from this one factor, there was nothing unusual that had occurred before the ear incident.
Sylvia also had some tummy trouble during this time. Regular visits to an acupuncturist and a change in diet took care of the tummy trouble and most of the sinus and eye issue, but the bad ear issue remained. Sylvia had been to an Ear Nose and Throat Consultant, who ran tests and told her he could find "nothing wrong" and was totally puzzled as to why she had gone partially deaf in her left ear, and why it was always feeling like it needed to pop (like one feels during atmospheric changes on an airplane).
After exhausting so many conventional and complementary health options, Sylvia came to see me for complementary or alternative sessions. I took a full history from her, recommended a course of sessions, and we started. In the first session, she wanted only Reiki, so there was not much talk. This lasted an hour. Now, I state the times and what we did to show how hidden the real problem, in my opinion, was. In the next session, we did some gentle kinesiology-based investigations and Emotional Freedom Techniques (Otherwise known as Tapping or EFT), as well as Reiki.
After some findings, it still was not enough to solve the riddle of what happened to Sylvia. The kinesiology-based investigations revealed unwanted germs in the area, most probably Candida, and I referred her onto a specialist professional for help with it. But I have had many clients with Candida, bad eyes and sinuses, and none of them were partially deaf because of it. And I had seen many clients. Still, a riddle cause. The second session was 90 minutes, so now the time total was two and a half hours. It was not until Sylvia said in the third session how much she liked her job that I asked her where she worked.
Well, she worked in a very noisy engineering firm, where she was not given any ear protection! And where she sat to do her work on the computer, there was a door near her left ear that opened regularly, where the workshop noise would be literally deafening. It took over three hours in 3 sessions before I found this out. I asked her if the ENT had diagnosed tinnitus, as by then, I had found out that she constantly had a buzzing in her left ear. And there was no such diagnosis. This diagnosis is important, as Sylvia needed to negotiate with her company, and if she decides at some stage in the future to sue the company, she needed this diagnosis. I advised her to go back to the ENT, tell him about the buzzing in the ear, and tell him about her work situation.
We did find a way to reduce the buzzing by 30 percent, and we did relieve her sinus and eye symptoms more completely, in case you were wondering.
My point is that the ENT, as a busy consultant, and Sylvia being a quiet, reserved person, did not have enough talking time together to find out the glaringly obvious. Of course, as a complementary practitioner, I cannot diagnose, but I am willing to bet almost anything that Sylvia has work-induced tinnitus. I would recommend that every busy consultant work with a complementary practitioner who would spend good time talking to and teasing information out of the client. Perhaps a group of consultants in a hospital can work together with an energy practitioner, who would investigate further on their behalf.
If Sylvia's case rings a bell for you (pun intended), do go back to your medical practitioner and fill them in on the history and details. If that seems too much, seeing a complementary practitioner who could write a letter to your medical practitioner on your behalf can also help.