An otolaryngologist is less formally known as an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician. In addition to diagnosing and treating disorders of the throat, nose and ears, Dr. Ayala also treats other structures on the head and neck, like the sinuses and mouth. Otolaryngologists can perform medical and surgical procedures. Otolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.
An ENT doctor needs to undergo up to 15 years of training, including college and medical school. After graduating from medical school, the aspiring otolaryngologist will need to undergo at least five more years of specialized training. They will then have to take and pass an exam set by the American Board of Otolaryngology to get their certification. While some otolaryngologists practice “general” otolaryngology, others concentrate on any of the eight subspecialties. These doctors will need to undertake a fellowship that lasts one or two years in order to practice that subspecialty.
What are the Subspecialties of Otolaryngology?
The eight subspecialties of otolaryngology are:
• Sleep Disorders
• Pediatric Otolaryngology
• Head and Neck
• Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
An ENT doctor who specializes in rhinology treats the nose and sinuses. They handle problems ranging from stuffy noses to a loss of the sense of smell. A specialist in otology/neurotology handles problems involving the ears and the nerves associated with the ears. They can treat conditions like swimmer’s ear, hearing loss and tinnitus. A plastic/reconstructive surgeon handles the cosmetic and plastic surgery done on the head and neck. They can perform nose jobs or repair misshapen ears.
What is Chronic Sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is a condition that affects 35 million Americans every year and is, thus, one of the most common health complaints. In chronic sinusitis, the sinuses become inflamed and swollen and remain so for at least twelve weeks. It can be caused by an infection, a deviated nasal septum or growths called polys within the nose. Our experienced otolaryngologist will initially try conservative methods, like giving the patient medication. If those fail, he may have to operate on the patient. It all depends on the unique situation.
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If you have an issue with your ears, nose or throat, don’t just see any ordinary doctor. Talk to Dr. Carlos Ayala, who is double board-certified in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. You can be sure you are in good hands with our surgeon at Ayala ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in McAllen. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!