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John O'Neill has shared with us how he does tonsillar reduction surgery (tonsillotomy). It has reduced pain and bleeding and may be suitable for your child. Several of our surgeons are trained in this technique. Ask us when you come to visit! ..
Researching Postoperative Tonsillectomy Pain Management with OxyNorm in Children   Dr Courtney has recently completed research on pain management.  Along with his colleagues their article was published in 2015 in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology with the full reference below.   Dr Courtney and his team evaluated postoperative tonsillectomy pain management, where an information sheet on OxyNorm was included with a standard postoperative information versus the situation where only the standard postoperative information was given.  It was ..
What symptoms do vocal cord nodules cause?   Vocal cord nodules cause symptoms of a husky voice and problems with projection of the voice. The symptoms include: Roughness to the voice Reduced endurance of the voice [“my voice becomes husky quite easily”] Increased effort associated with talking Difficulty singing high notes Chronic hoarseness   Sometimes patients with vocal cord nodules may have a normal speaking voice but the hoarseness of the voice only becomes apparent when they raise their voice. In other patients the voice is always husky.   ..
“Drs Sam Dowthwaite, John O’Neill and Michael Busby are please to announce the continued expansion of transoral robotic surgery (TORS) to patients on the Gold Coast.  The da Vinci surgical robot is now available for patients at both John Flynn Hospital and the new Gold Coast Private Hospital.  Our TORS surgeons at ENT Clinics are proud to provide expert care and treatment to all of our surgical patients with both benign and malignant conditions and the head and neck. The following article provides an insight into the positive role that TORS can play in patients with potentia..
A very interesting article was published recently in Laryngoscope, which looked at whether you can determine accurately whether you have a blocked nose with a CT Scan.   What the study looked at was patients who were having a CT Scan of their nose and sinus’s. The patients where then asked to fill out a questionnaire called the NOSE Questionnaire. The NOSE Questionnaire is used by Dr Dan Robinson pre and post operatively as well as many other surgeons to determine the degree to which a patient’s nose is blocked.    The CT Scans where then looked at by a radiologist a..
What is the wheal and flare response? The wheal and flare response is a descriptor used when talking about a two stage allergic response seen in Type 1 hypersensitivity. The first stage, called the wheal, is controlled by substances called acute phase mediators. The second stage, called the flare, is controlled by substances called late phase mediators.   What causes the wheal and flare response to start? The wheal and flare response is caused by an allergy. When you are exposed to something you are allergic to the wheal and flare response begins [provided it is a type I hy..
On April 1st 2014 Dr Dan Robinson presented his research paper at the recent ASOHNS meeting. The title of the research paper was “Prospective outcomes in nasal valve surgery” Dr Robinson reviewed all of the rhinoplasties which he had performed over the last 12 months. Dr Robinson performed 49 rhinoplasties over the last year. Rhinoplasties which had been followed up for 6 months were included in the prospective study. All of the patients in the study had an improvement in their nasal obstruction symptom scores. All of the patients had an improvement in the cosmesis of their nose a..
What is sleep disordered breathing1  Sleep disordered breathing refers a group of breathing abnormalities which occur during sleep. The abnormalities included in this group include: Snoring Mouth Breathing Pauses in breathing   Patients with sleep disordered breathing also may have some of the following symptoms: Excessive sleepiness Poor concentration Inattention Hyperactivity Aggression Depression Anxiety Bed wetting   Sleep disordered breathing is a spectrum of disease with children at one end having snoring and children at the..
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea? Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition where a patient can’t breath in enough air while they are asleep. Most people with OSA have the problem every night and may wake in the morning not feeling as though they have slept at all. OSA is a potentially serious medical condition which you should seek treatment for.   How common is OSA OSA is very common. At present estimates are that 4% of males and 2% of females suffer from OSA.   What is an apnoea? An apnoea is where a patient doesn’t breath for longer than 10 seconds while ..
During March and April 2014, the annual ASOHNS Scientific Meeting will be held in Brisbane, QLD. This meeting attracts world-renowned guest speakers and is the centrepiece of the academic year for Australian ENT-Head and Neck surgeons. Dr’s Jim Hallam, Sam Dowthwaite and Dan Robinson will all be involved in lecturing / chairing sessions throughout the conference, focusing primarily on head and neck oncology, robotic surgery and rhinoplasty / nasal surgery. ..
Dr Dowthwaite and Dr Robinson are excited to be moving into large new premises with 4 consulting suites. The rooms are conveniently located next door to the soon to be opened Neurosensory Unit which is moving from Ashmore. The new rooms will be located at: AHC House, 14 Carrara St, Benowa The new rooms will be operational from the 3rd of March onwards. Dan and Sam are also very excited to have Dr Jim Hallam joining them in the rooms. He has been an ENT surgeon on the Gold Coast for many years and brings with him an immense amount of experience. ..