Ear, nose & throat (otorhinolaryngology )
Otorhinolaryngology is a diverse and comprehensive surgical and medical specialty concentrating on disorders and diseases involving the head and neck. The name stems from the Latin roots for ear ("oto"), nose ("rhino") and throat ("laryngo"). In the past century, the specialty has grown in scope and expertise to encompass a vast multitude of treatments for disorders of these regions, and the head and neck region as a whole.
The Department of Otorhinolaryngology at KNO-Clinic Aruba composes one of the best Otorhinolaryngology clinic in the region.
The department is divided into the subdisciplines of:
- head and neck cancer surgery
- pediatric otorhinolaryngology
- facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
- general otorhinolaryngology
- medical otorhinolaryngology
The department specialists cooperate with each other and collaborate with members of other subdisciplines, such as audiology, speech and swallowing therapy, ophthalmology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, dermatology, allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, and oncology. Through this collaboration, the department offers comprehensive and excellent care for pediatric and adult patients with disorders involving the head and neck.
Many otolaryngological problems can be handled electively; however, there are emergencies, especially those associated with airway obstruction and facial trauma, for which proper initial assessment and management are crucial in preserving life and minimizing disabling or disfiguring sequelae. In this section, these emergencies are divided into the following categories:
- Airway Obstruction.
- Inspired or Ingested Foreign Bodies.
- Sore Throat or Difficulty Swallowing.
- Ear Complaints.
- Head and Neck Infections.
- Laryngeal and Tracheal Trauma.
- Facial Trauma.