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Otolaryngology (ENT) head and neck surgery

Area of medical practice that treats people with health conditions of the ear, nose or throat

Procedures:

Adenoids

A surgical procedure to remove patches of tissue which are located at the back of the nasal cavity. The adenoids are part of the immune system and they help to trap and destroy germs.

Antrostomy (maxillary sinus clearing)

A surgical procedure to clear the opening to the hollow spaces in the bone underneath the cheekbones. This helps unblock and drain the spaces to stop infection. It is sometimes called FESS (functional endoscopic sinus surgery).

Cochlear implant

Surgery to place an implant into the inner ear to help improve hearing. The air spaces in the bone behind the ear are also removed.

Endoscopy examination of nose sinus pharynx or larynx

A procedure using a specialised tube to look inside one or both sides of the nose, the throat or the voice box.

Grommets/myringotomy

A procedure to drain fluid from behind the eardrum.

Septoplasty

Surgery to repair the cartilage and bones of the nose (nasal septum). This surgery helps to straighten the septum (septoplasty).

Sinus surgery

Surgery on the air pockets in the bones of the upper jaw and nose.

Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy (12 years of age and over)

Surgery for a person who is 12 years or older to remove tonsils, or the tonsils and adenoids.

Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy (under 12 years of age)

Surgery for a person who is younger than 12 years old to remove tonsils, or the tonsils and adenoids.

Turbinectomy (remove small nasal bones)

Surgery to remove small bones in the nostrils to help treat a blocked nose.

Services:

Diagnostic procedures and investigations
MBS item 11015

A test on 2 or 3 nerves to check if they are working correctly (neuromuscular electrodiagnosis). May also include tests that check how the muscles that connect to the nerves are working (electromyography).

MBS item 11021

Tests to check if nerves are working correctly (neuromuscular electrodiagnosis), or the muscles that connect to the nerves are working (electromyography).

MBS item 11027

Tests to check how the brain, spinal cord and certain nerves (central nervous system) are working. Three or more tests are completed.

MBS item 11205

A test in one or both eyes to check eye movement (electrooculography).

MBS item 11300

A hearing test (audiometry) to measure how the brain responds to sounds heard by the patient.

MBS item 11303

A test to measure how well the inner ear and nerve path are working (electrocochleography).

MBS item 11306

A hearing test (audiometry).

MBS item 11309

The results of a hearing test (audiogram) where sound travels through the ear canal (air conduction).

MBS item 11312

The results of hearing tests (audiogram) where sound travels through the ear canal (air conduction) and also as vibrations (bone conduction). Or hearing tests using air conduction and testing the person's ability to hear different words (speech discrimination).

MBS item 11315

The results of hearing tests (audiogram) where sound travels through the ear canal (air conduction) and as vibrations (bone conduction) and the person's ability to hear different words (speech discrimination) is also tested.

MBS item 11318

The results of a hearing test (audiogram) where sound travels through the ear canal (air conduction), and as vibrations (bone conduction) and the ability to hear different words is tested (speech discrimination). The inner ear is also tested (cochlear tests).

MBS item 11324

A test which measures how the eardrum is working (impedance audiogram).

MBS item 12000

Allergy tests using small injections under the skin. Testing is to find out if a patient is allergic to certain particles in the air (aeroallergens).

MBS item 12003

Allergy tests using small injections under the skin. Testing is to find out if a person is allergic to certain foods or latex.

Professional attendances
Follow-up specialist appointment

A follow-up appointment with a specialist at their rooms or in-hospital. The specialist may provide additional services which may have their own costs.

Initial specialist appointment

The first appointment with a specialist at their rooms.

MBS item 00871

A meeting with a GP or specialist and at least 3 other medical professionals and allied health providers. The meeting is to develop a treatment plan for a patient with cancer, The metting is 10 minutes or longer.

MBS item 00872

A meeting with a GP or specialist and at least 4 medical professionals and allied health providers. The meeting is to develop a treatment plan for a person with cancer, and is 10 minutes or longer.

MBS item 91822

The first appointment with a specialist for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91823

A follow up appointment with a specialist for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91832

The first appointment with a specialist for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The appointment is by telehealth and is for more than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91833

A follow up appointment with a specialist. The appointment is by telehealth and is for more than 5 minutes.

Therapeutic procedures
Skin biopsy

Taking a sample of skin for testing (biopsy) during a consultation.

MBS item 30072

A procedure to take a sample of mucous membrane for testing (biopsy).

MBS item 41500

A procedure to remove an object which should not be inside the ear canal (foreign body).

MBS item 41501

A procedure by an ear, nose, throat specialist (otolaryngologisty) to check the vocal folds (cords) in a person with voice problems (dysphonia). The procedure uses video and light to take pictures (videostroboscopy).

MBS item 41509

Surgery to remove a growth which is blocking the ear canal (keratosis obturans). This procedure requires anaesthesia.

MBS item 41626

Surgery to treat infection or swelling in the middle ear.

MBS item 41647

A procedure to clean out the inside of the ear. An operating microscope will be needed.

MBS item 41662

Surgery to remove one or more growths from inside the nose (nasal polyp).

MBS item 41674

Surgery using heat or chemicals to shut off blood vessels or shrink structures (cauterisation) inside the nose.

MBS item 41677

Surgery to stop a nosebleed (epistaxis). May involve heat (cauterisation) or gauze/cotton packing to block blood vessels.

MBS item 41764

Procedures using a specialised tube to look inside one or both sides of the nose, the throat or the voice box (nasendoscopy, sinoscopy).

MBS item 47738

A treatment for a broken nose. External supports are used to keep the bones in place.