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The first published account described a successful tracheotomy, opening an airway through an incision in the trachea or windpipe, in 1546.
*Source: American Academy of Otolaryngology

Understanding ENT Surgery

ENT (ear, nose, throat) surgery – also known as otolaryngology – focuses on treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Otolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngology specialists are referred to as ENT physicians.

ENT physicians diagnose and treat a wide-range of diseases including, but not limited to:

Ear conditions:

  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Infections, such as mastoiditis
  • Perforation of the ear drum

Nasal conditions:

  • Sinusitus
  • Rhinitis
  • Allergies

Throat conditions:

  • Dysphonia
  • Cancer
  • Snoring and sleep apnea

ENT surgeons also specialize in reconstructive surgery of the head and neck and endocrine disorders. Other commonly performed ENT surgeries include tonsillectomy, myringotomy, septoplasty and rhinoplasty, and sinus surgery.

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