The Head and Neck Surgery service specialises in the management of diseases and tumours within the head and neck region. This includes evaluation of suspicious lumps and enlarged lymph nodes in the head and neck; surgical management of benign and malignant conditions of the salivary glands, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, oral cavity, pharynx and larynx. The head and neck surgery service collaborates closely with other specialities and allied health professionals to provide holistic management of patients with complex head and neck cancers.
The members of the Head and Neck Surgery service are also trained in minimally invasive head, neck and thyroid surgery, using endoscopes and surgical robots in the treatment of head and neck conditions. The service also manages high volumes of patients with salivary duct disorders and offers sialendoscopy, which is a minimally-invasive endoscopically-assisted approach in the diagnosis and treatment of salivary duct disorders such as stones and ductal narrowing.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (FPRS) focuses on dealing with pathology within the head and neck resulting in defects in both form and/or function. This can result from trauma, ablative surgery for tumours and cancers, congenital and developmental causes as well as for cosmetic indications. Our areas of expertise include management of soft tissue and bony trauma within the face, head and neck, head and neck reconstruction, functional septorhinoplasty for complex nasal obstruction with nasal deformity, and facial paralysis. The aim of the FPRS service is to provide a comprehensive and patient-centric service for those requiring plastic and reconstructive work within the head and neck.
The laryngology service focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of airway, voice, speech and swallowing disorders. These disorders include dysphagia, benign and malignant vocal cord lesions, as well as neurological and functional laryngeal disorders such as spasmodic dysphonia, vocal fold paralysis and ageing voice disorders. Working closely with our speech therapy (ST) colleagues, the multi-disciplinary Voice and Swallowing clinic diagnoses these conditions using high-definition video stroboscopes to visualise the voice box. Treatments offered in the clinic include immediate ST intervention or through in-office procedures such as injection laryngoplasty. Out of the clinic we also provide microsurgery for the vocal cords, minimally invasive laser surgery for early stage laryngeal cancers and medialisation thyroplasty for vocal cord palsy.
The Otology, Balance and Hearing Implant (OBHI) Service at Changi General Hospital was previously known as the Ear, Balance and Hearing Implant Team back in 2010. It aims to value-add to the care of patients by offering comprehensive and patient-centric service to patients who require Otologic and Neurotologic interventions. It is the first service in Singapore to train a group of Speech Therapists for the rehabilitation of adult patients after hearing implants, and also the first to perform BoneBridge implantation. Click
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The Rhinology service provides care for patients affected by nose and sinus disease including allergy, infections and nasal obstruction, as well as more complex conditions such as sinonasal tumours. We also offer a spectrum of investigations as well as a range of medical and surgical treatments from inferior turbinate reduction and septoplasty to more advanced surgical techniques such as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) and sinonasal tumour resection.
The Snoring & Sleep Surgery service within the ENT department is a part of the Department of Sleep Medicine, Surgery & Science at Changi General Hospital. This is the first dedicated Department for Sleep Medicine in Singapore. We provide a comprehensive service in the evaluation and treatment of snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and other sleep disorders. Evaluations include clinical assessment with a full endoscopic examination of the nose and throat, drug-induced sleep endoscopy as well as Computer-Assisted Upper Airway Analysis (CAM). Subsequent investigations to assist in forming a diagnosis will involve either an in-laboratory diagnostic sleep study (PSG or polysomnography) or a home sleep study. Other forms of in-laboratory study may be necessary such as Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Titration Study, Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) or a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT). Once a diagnosis is made, treatments that we offer include:
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