Providence Ear, Nose and Throat Services

Whether it’s a tonsillectomy to treat recurrent ear infections in children or sinus surgery in adults, high-quality surgical care from otolaryngologists (ear, nose, throat physicians) is common at Providence Health & Services. Patients undergoing surgery at Providence know their surgery is being performed in a setting well-known for providing compassionate, high-quality care.

Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons are sometimes called Otolaryngologists or Otorhinolaryngologists. They are trained to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions affecting the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth and throat, as well as structures of the head and neck.

Common surgeries performed by otolaryngologists include:

  • Tonsillectomy to treat chronic sore throat, ear infections and obstructive sleep apnea in children and adults
  • Placing ear tubes (myringotomy) in children to treat chronic middle ear infections or fluid buildup
  • Removal of head and neck cancers (read about Providence Oral Head and Neck Cancer Program)
  • Thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid gland) to treat thyroid cancer or other thyroid conditions
  • Sinus surgery to treat chronic sinusitis

Many Ear, Nose & Throat physicians treat both children and adults, although some focus on only one of these populations. Some may also complete additional training to focus on specific areas or conditions, such as otologists (focus on the ears); facial plastic and reconstructive surgery; or head and neck surgery to focus on complex surgery of the jaw, mouth and neck.

These are just a few of the conditions and diseases treated at Providence by otolaryngologists. You can learn more by clicking on the Related Conditions or Our Services links.

Having surgery? Register online and save time. 
If you plan to have surgery at any of our hospitals in Oregon, you can preregister online. Using online preregistration allows you to complete the forms in the comfort of your own home, reducing time and stress when you arrive for admission.

Get the best possible care.
To make sure you get the best, safest care possible, we need some important information about you. Before you come to the hospital for surgery, please complete and bring with you a copy of your Personal Medication History form and the Adult Health Status form. If the patient is a child aged 13 years or younger, the parent or guardian should complete the Pediatric Health Status instead of the health summary.

In many circumstances, your surgeon may want you to perform certain tests, visit the Pre-Operative Clinic or take/withhold certain medications before your surgery.  Be sure to talk with your surgeon about your plan of care well in advance of your surgery date. Our Step by Step Guide for Surgery Patients can help you understand more about what needs to be done in preparation for your surgery.

Above all, your health and your safety are important to us and getting the right information helps insure we can provide you with the safest, most effective care. If you are unable to download and print these forms, contact the pre-admission department at the location where you are having surgery. You can find their phone numbers on the Pre-surgery clinic Contact Us page.

More information
To learn more about the procedure you will undergo, follow the link to our Health Information Library. This library contains thousands of references to many treatments we provide here at Providence.

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