ENT (Otolaryngology) Doctors in Wilmington, NC
Wilmington ENT Specializing in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Disorders, as well as Head, Neck, Nasal and Sinus Surgery including pediatrics.
Did you know that more than 50% of all physician office visits are for ENT problems?
What Is an ENT Specialist?
An ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) is a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose throat and related structures of the head and neck. They have special expertise in managing diseases of the ears, nose and nasal passage sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. ENT is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.
The unique domain of the ear, nose and throat specialist is treatment of ear disorders. This includes medical and surgical treatment for hearing disorders, ear infections, balance disorders, facial nerve or cranial nerve disorders, as well as management of congenital (birth) and cancerous disorders of the outer and inner ear.
Also specific to the ENT specialty is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aerodigestive tract or esophagus including disorders of the voice respiration (breathing) and swallowing.
Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of the ENT specialist. Management of disorders of the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, allergies, sense of smell and nasal respiration (breathing), as well as the external appearance of the nose are part of an ENT physician's area of expertise.
The Head and NeckIn the head and neck area, an ENT specialist is trained to treat infectious diseases, tumors (both benign and malignant/cancerous), facial trauma and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
An ENT specialist may work with a team of doctors in other medical and surgical specialties. Otolaryngologists share a common ground with neurosurgeons in many areas, including: treating skull-based disorders, correcting cosmetic and traumatic deformities with plastic surgery, treating structural abnormalities near the eye, treating jaw and dental trauma, treating allergies, managing sinus disease, caring for skin cancers; managing head and neck cancers, and caring for common infectious, congenital, traumatic, and malignant (cancerous) diseases and disorders in the pediatric and general population.