Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. Between this morning’s cases I had some moments to ponder on a consultation I had with a patient a few days ago. One of those conversations that is like a glitch in the matrix, seared into my conscience. Here I am In Canada, far away on the … More Why I love my job
Here’s what I’m wishing for my patients: Ear Waterproof hearing aids that do not rely on batteries. A tablet taken in the first trimester that would eliminate the development of congenital ear malformation. A percutaneous, image guided insertion of a cochlear implant under local anaesthesia. A pill to eradicate otosclerosis and acoustic neuroma. A … More Christmas Wish For My Patients
Easy. It is the most beautiful of all the surgical specialties. I know, I’m biased. Let me tell you why (and I am about to have a word diarrhea here) It’s true that ENT does not get a lot of fanfare in Medical Schools. Most medical schools may spend 1-2 weeks on ENT teaching. ENT … More Why did I choose ENT?
So you’ve got a patient with a tracheostomy tube. And Houston, we’ve got a problem. What do we do? Here are some common problems and basic troubleshooting actions: Tube dislodgment This is often a problem in the first few days of tracheostomy when the wound is still fresh and the tracheostomy tract is still not … More Field Notes on Tracheostomy Part 2: The Problems
Hello! This is not a comprehensive textbook on how to manage patients with tracheostomies. This is a humble collection of practical brief notes, as requested by a twitter friend. This is a primer. For more extensive information, feel free to consult the big texts. Tracheostomy Someone once said that a tracheostomy tube is a piece … More Field Notes on Tracheostomy Part 1: The Basics
I wrote this on 20th November 2011 on my previous anonymous blog. This was meant to poke fun at surgeons and Twitter. what do you think today? A/Prof Katherine Chretien and team has recently published a landmark study on Twitter Physicians. It was aptly titled “Physicians on Twitter”, published in The Journal of The American … More 5 Reasons Why Surgeons are better at Tweeting
I’ve been told many times, “You’re doing ENT, that’s great. Early Nights and Tennis. Easy life with no emergencies, right?”. I’ve also been asked many times, “Is there such thing as an ENT emergency?” Well, let me list some of the emergencies I’ve personally been involved with over the last few years. When I’m oncall … More What will greet me this Christmas: ENT Emergencies.