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ENT Subspecialties

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ENT surgeons may subspecialise in a number of areas, or work as generalists. The spectrum of conditions and surgery dealt with by the ENT surgeon is illustrated by this. The main subspecialties are:


The treatment of benign and malignant disease of the head and neck, including operations such as parotidectomy, neck dissection and laryngectomy.

British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists

Diagnosis and management of impaired hearing, removal of destructive disease of the middle ear and implantable hearing devices such as cochlear implants.

British Society of Otology

Ranges from the management of the vertiginous patient to the image-guided surgical removal of skull base tumours of the lateral and anterior skull base.

British Skull Base Society

Assessment, investigation and surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid tumours.

British Thyroid Association

Includes medical management of sino-nasal disease, surgical removal of benign and malignant sinus disease, functional and cosmetic septorhinoplasty and lacrimal duct surgery.

British Rhinology Society

Ranges from simple skin lesion removal and surgery for prominent ears, to resection of malignancies and reconstruction of facial defects.

Facial Plastic Surgery

Includes the management of conditions such as glue ear and sleep apnoea, through to diagnosis and treatment of congenital head and neck abnormalities and airway reconstructive surgery.

British Association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologists

Management and diagnosis of voice disorders including treatment of professional voice users.

British Laryngological Association