Ear Nose, and Throat - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the ear, nose and throat.




This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the ear, nose and throat.



This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the ear, nose, and throat. This specialty is known as ENT or otolaryngology.

  • An ENT treats conditions such as hearing loss, ear infections, nasal polyps, sinus infections, disorders of the voice box (larynx) and certain cancers of the head and neck.
  • This type of healthcare provider may be referred to as an otolaryngologist. Otolaryngologists can perform surgical procedures on the head and neck.

Your primary care physician is in the best position to coordinate your health care needs and help you make the best decisions regarding your healthcare. Therefore, it is usually best to start with your primary care provider before you see a specialist.

  • If you are referred to a specialist, check to make sure they are an in-network provider.
  • Although a specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else.
  • Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are their Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take? How long will I need to take these medications? What are the side effects of my medications?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, what is my diagnosis and reason for the procedure or surgery?
  • Are there any conservative alternatives to surgery? Why are you recommending one treatment over another? What are potential consequences if I decide against surgery?
  • If surgery is recommended, how many years have you been doing this type of surgery? How many have you done? What are your typical results?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Throat Doctor
Specialist
Otolaryngology
Office Visit
Nose Doctor
ENT
Ear Nose
and Throat - Specialist Visit
Consultation


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