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An entire floor of the hospital is dedicated to a Cardiac Centre of Excellence. In a highly sophisticated and hi-tech environment.
 
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An entire floor of the hospital is dedicated to a Cardiac Centre of Excellence. In a highly sophisticated and hi-tech environment.

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Centres of Excellence

Ear, Nose and Throat & Head and Neck Surgery


Ethekwini Hospital’s ENT Department specialises in the management of diseases involving the Ear, Nose and Throat, and in surgery for Head and Neck Tumours. In addition to basic ENT procedures such as tonsillectomy and grommet insertion, our ENT surgeons are able to offer advanced endoscopic surgery for sinusitis. Head and neck tumour surgery for both benign and malignant conditions, are treated at Ethekwini Hospital. This includes management of parotid and submandibular gland (salivary gland) pathology.

    
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

A particular focus of the ENT Department is the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) which is a condition associated with snoring and collapse of the upper airway soft tissues.


Obstructive sleep apnoea is a significant medical problem affecting up to 4 percent of middle-aged adults. During sleep apnoea, the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse, causing an obstruction to air flow into the lungs. The lack of oxygen causes frequent arousals, or disturbance of the sleep pattern. The patient is not usually aware that this is happening, though these arousals can happen many times during a sleep cycle. The repetitive cycles of snoring, airway collapse and arousal from deep sleep cause strain on the heart, and therefore patients with OSA are at higher risk of cardiovascular problems, e.g. hypertension, heart attacks.           
   
 Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea


• Loud snoring
• Irritability due to interrupted sleep patterns
• Day time drowsiness
• Concentration problems
• Morning headaches


Ethekwini Hospital offers sleep studies (polysomnograms) to diagnose OSA. This usually involves an overnight stay at the hospital, during which various parameters are assessed. This testing can also be carried out in a patient’s home environment and is often preferable as more normal sleep patterns can be observed. Treatment Patients diagnosed with sleep apnoea often find relief through the use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Other treatments include surgery to correct upper airway abnormalities which may contribute to airway collapse.

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Physical Address

:11 Riverhorse Road, Riverhorse Valley Business Estate,
Queen Nandi Drive, Durban, 4017

Telephone

:+27 31 581 2400

Fax

:+27 31 581 2699

Email

: info@ehhc.co.za

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