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Answers to commonly asked ENT questions

Do ENTs perform surgery?

Yes. Our medical training teaches us to treat the medical and surgical aspects of diseases of the ears, nose, throat, and head and neck. The full name of our specialty is Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Do you use a laser to take tonsils out?

There are many ways to remove tonsils. The cutting device used by your surgeon may be a knife, electrocautery, laser, or a radiofrequency hand piece (called the Coblator). While all methods are acceptable, studies have shown that the Coblator causes less post-operative pain, leading to a faster recovery. The Coblator hand piece is constantly irrigating the throat while it cuts, and therefore it operates at a lower temperature.

Will I have an ugly scar/do I need a plastic surgeon to close my incision?

While all incisions in the skin will leave a scar, there are techniques to create the most favorable results. The Ear, Nose and Throat training is dedicated to teaching physicians the most advanced techniques in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. After completing his/her training, your physician has ample experience in soft tissue surgery, which includes cosmetic wound closure.


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