General description of the work Consultant ENT Surgeons undertake
The Consultant ENT Surgeon is a surgeon who specialises in operations and disorders of the ear, nose and throat. This includes operations such as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, grommet insertion for glue ear, nasal and sinus operations, throat and lanynx operations and operations on the neck.
The Consultant ENT Surgeon also deals with deafness and hearing aid management. He/She is involved with inner ear problems such as tinnitus and balance problems.
He/She may also deal with throat and neck cancer.
Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence
- Problems with tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
- The diagnosis and management of throat or neck cancers and acoustic neuromas
- The management of tinnitus and deafness
Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles
The ENT Surgeon may be known an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon or an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist or as an ENT Specialist. He/She may be known as an Otolaryngologist or as a Head and Neck Surgeon.
The Consultant ENT Surgeon will usually be known as Mr rather than Dr and will have FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) after his/her name.
The Consultant ENT Surgeon may be a Lecturer or Professor in ENT or Otolaryngology at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal College of Surgeons.