Ear, nose and throat surgery

We help with conditions affecting hearing, breathing, swallowing and more

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of ear nose and throat related services, for details of the ear nose and throat services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


At our leading edge facilities we treat both adults and children

Our ear, nose and throat specialists diagnose and manage a wide range of conditions affecting the sinuses, voice box, mouth and throat. They also look at adjoining structures of the head and neck.

Conditions treated by ear, nose and throat surgeons include ear infections, hearing loss, ear, face, or neck pain, dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sinus disorders, nose bleeds as well as blocked nose, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

In children, birth defects can lead to recurrent infections which may require surgery.

Our ENT specialists work closely with other specialists and allied health professionals, for example speech pathologists.

Surgeons in an operating theatre

Our ear, nose and throat specialists

Our ear, nose and throat specialists are amongst Australia’s leading and most respected practitioners, who have all undergone a rigorous process of assessment prior to gaining admitting privileges to our hospitals.

We have specialists with interests and expertise in all aspects of ear, nose and throat surgery.

Our ear nose and throat services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

  • Middle ear surgery — to remove benign growths within the middle ear
  • Hearing implant surgery
  • Insertion of grommets for glue ear – typically carried out on children. Grommets can help to ventilate the middle ear and resolve recurrent infections
  • Tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils) and adenoidectomy (removal of adenoids), usually performed in children
  • Septum surgery – nose surgery to repair the nasal septum to remove obstruction and restore clear breathing
  • Surgery to remove neck lumps and salivary gland tumours
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery — nose surgery which can relieve a number of problems including recurrent sinus infections, headaches and facial pain due to blocked sinuses. It’s also used to remove obstructions and tumours, repair leaking cerebrospinal fluid, repair blocked tear ducts, remove foreign bodies and control recurrent nosebleeds
  • Larynx (voice box) examination and surgery– a metal tube (laryngoscope) is inserted into the larynx. It can be used for examination and to perform a biopsy or surgery
  • Oesophagus examination – a tube is inserted through the mouth into the oesophagus

Ear disorders

Ear, nose and throat surgeons are trained in the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ringing in the ears and nerve pain as well as nerve disorders affecting the face and skull. They also treat children with congenital disorders affecting their ears.

An ear examination
Nose disorders

Nose disorders

Chronic sinusitis and blocked nose often require evaluation by an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Nose surgery includes procedures to remove excess tissue and bone to open up breathing space inside your nasal cavity.

Throat disorders

Ear, nose and throat surgeons manage diseases affecting the larynx (voice box) and the upper part of your oesophagus.

Throat examination

Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering ear, nose and throat surgery

We provide ear, nose and throat medical and surgical care for children and adults.

What we do

Our surgeons are specialists in the areas of ear surgery, endoscopic sinus and nose surgery, laser surgery of the larynx, skull base surgery and all head and neck cancer related surgery. 

The team also specialises in the management of salivary gland and thyroid tumours (St Vincent's is usually the only centre in Victoria performing minimally invasive surgery for salivary calculi).

For children

We have specialised medical and nursing staff in our paediatric unit to ensure that the needs of children and their parents are met before, during and after surgery.

Your GP can refer you to one of our ear, nose and throat surgeons.

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We are a leading Australian centre and tertiary referral centre for ear, nose and throat surgery, including otology, neuro-otology and skull base surgery. Each year our department treats over 1,000 people, by performing  head and neck tumour surgery, advanced nasal and sinus surgery as well as treatments for voice disorders. We perform the largest number of pituitary surgeries in NSW.

Our department has gained national and international recognition as a centre of excellence for its clinical practice and teaching programs.

Our expertise in the areas of ear, nose and throat surgery includes:

  • Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) and skull base surgery
  • Advanced laser ear and hearing restoration surgery
  • Hearing implants including bone anchored hearing aids
  • Head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction
  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • Thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland surgery
  • Advanced endoscopic sinus and nose surgery
  • Allergy treatment
  • Management and surgery of voice disorders
  • Laser treatment of benign conditions of the larynx

The department works in close collaboration with our neurosurgical, head and neck and plastic surgical colleagues, providing multi-disciplinary care in these areas.

Our specialists are involved out-reach services to the indigenous community in Moree.

Your GP can refer you to one of our ear, nose and throat surgeons.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Toowoomba our aim is to offer you the best possible care, from preadmission through to your discharge.

We were established in 1922 by the Sisters of Charity and have grown to become the largest acute private hospital on the Darling Downs. It is our mission and absolute privilege to care for your needs.

Our services include medical, surgical, maternity, paediatric, emergency, cardiac, rehabilitation and intensive care.

We are supported by comprehensive allied health services and advanced medical and diagnostic services.

Pathology, radiology and pharmacy are also available on site, and our emergency centre is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Your GP can refer you to one of our ear, nose and throat surgeons.

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We care for adults and children with a range of ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions.

Our procedures include:

  • Acoustic neuroma surgery
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Removal of the parotid gland
  • Removal of tonsils and adenoids
Your GP can refer you to one of our ear, nose and throat surgeons.

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Our highly trained ENT and head and neck surgeons look after both paediatric and adults with the following conditions:

Ear

Hearing and balance problems, ear infection, grommets, tympanic membrane perforation, exostoses (surfer’s ear) and tumours of the ear canal

Nose

Nasal obstruction, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis (acute and chronic), epistaxis, nasal/paranasal tumours, nasal polyps and fractured nose

Throat

Voice and swallowing disorders, tonsillitis, laryngopharyngeal reflux, benign and malignant tumours

Combined consultations with Jocelyn Priestley (speech and language therapist)

Head and neck

Benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck, thyroid and salivary gland and lymph node biopsy

Other

Sleep disordered breathing and allergy assessments

Our procedures include:

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Tonsillectomy +/- adenoidectomy
  • Grommets
  • Septopasty  +/- inferior turbinate reduction
  • Sinus surgery
  • Thyroid surgery

Your GP, dentist, dental specialist or treating doctor can refer you to one of our ENT surgeons or head and neck surgeons.

Your GP can refer you to one of our ear, nose and throat surgeons.

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We provide specialist ear, nose and throat (otorhinolaryngology), head and neck medical and surgical care for children over the age of 12 months to 5 years old as day cases only. For overnight cases we take children from 5 years old to adults.

What We Offer
Our accredited specialist surgeons perform a variety of ear, nose, throat, head and neck diagnostic and surgical procedures. 

  • Adnoidectomy (Removal of adenoids)
  • Grommet Insertion
  • Tonsilectomy (Removal of Tonsils)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Septoplasty
  • Laryngoscopy (investigating the larynx)
  • Myringoplasty (repairing holes in ear drums)

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We perform a range of ear, nose and throat (ENT) as well as head and neck surgeries

We treat:

  • Sinonasal disorders including nasal obstruction and sinusitis
  • Benign and malignant head and neck tumours
  • Skin cancers on the head and neck
  • HPV-related cancers of the throat
  • Neck lumps
  • Cancers of the sinuses
  • Parotid and submandibular gland surgery

We also perform:

  • Sinonasal disorders including nasal obstruction and sinusitis
  • Benign and malignant head and neck tumours
  • Skin cancers on the head and neck
  • HPV-related cancers of the throat
  • Neck lumps
  • Cancers of the sinuses
  • Parotid and submandibular gland surgery

Our approach to your care

We strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive care for people locally in Griffith. We also provide pathways and referrals for conditions that can’t be managed locally. This helps us to maintain consistency and the comprehensive care our patients deserve.

Local care for cancer survivors

While our ear, nose and throat specialists are based in Sydney, they’ve spent a lot of time training and working in regional and remote areas.

Some people, especially cancer survivors, need 5 years of follow-up after treatment with multiple review appointments along the way. Many local people have spent years travelling to have medical appointments and surgery. We can assist people who require these services while enabling continuity of care.

We offer multidisciplinary team management of head and neck cancer.

Your GP can refer you to one of our ear, nose and throat surgeons.

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