After you check in, you will be taken to a clinic room where one of our staff members will take your vital signs and ask you a few questions to make sure that your medical record is up to date. Next, you will be seen by one of our team members (often a nurse practitioner, physician's assistant or resident physician), who will take a comprehensive history and perform a physical exam. If you are scheduled to see one of our attending surgeons, the team member will discuss your case with the surgeon, and then both will return to the room to see you together; the surgeon may repeat parts of the exam.
Depending on your symptoms, you may have a short procedure to look inside your nose or throat with a small camera. Before this camera is used, we will use a nasal spray to numb both your nose and throat. We may also look in your ear with a microscope that has a very bright light. In order to this, we will lie you down in the exam chair. The microscope will also allow us to clean your ear, if needed.
While still in the exam room, our providers will talk with you about what your exam shows. They will develop a plan with you for any next steps in your medical care, based on your wishes and needs.
Before leaving you will have a chance to review after visit instructions with a member of our nursing team, and to schedule a follow up appointment if necessary. Your ENT provider will be sure to send a report of your visit to your primary care provider and/or the provider who sent you to ENT to help coordinate your medical care.