Dr. Avneesh Kumar, ENT Specialist at Royal Bahrain Hospital, reveals that “facility-wise, the set-up at the Royal Bahrain Hospital is phenomenal, as it comes with the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment, especially so for the ENT department.
Patients undergo comprehensive video examination of their ear, nose and throat. Video-endoscopic examination is viewed live by the patients and is simultaneously recorded into their hospital e-file for future reference. For example, if a patient complains of hoarseness, we can examine and video-record the vocal cords to pinpoint where the problem lies. If suffering from a runny or blocked nose, the equipment allows us to look inside the nostrils on a magnified scale with no discomfort felt by the patient. The operative procedures are recorded and the patients are given a copy if they desire.”
Dr. Avneesh moves on to shed some light on common infections affecting our noses.
Nasal allergies, recurrent attacks of flu and sinusitis are quite prevalent in Bahrain. Most nasal allergies can be controlled with simple medication; however some patients are more prone to sinusitis due to abnormal anatomy of the nose and sinuses.
Sinuses are air containing chambers located around the eyes which are connected to the nose by their natural openings, allowing for ventilation as well as aiding drainage. A blockage at these openings leads to collection of sinus secretions and subsequent infections.
If the medical treatment fails, a video-endoscopy of the nose is done to illustrate on a magnified screen the small sinus draining areas (middle meatus) and to look for any anatomical abnormality. The pathologies within the deeper sinuses can be picked up on CT scan.
These abnormalities can be corrected by Video-endoscopic Sinus Surgery. Both pre and post-surgery videos are done and a copy of the same is given to the patient.
Dr.Avneesh considers Bahrain his second home, where he completed his primary education at the Indian School, before doing his MBBS and then MS (Master’s in ENT) in India at the prestigious Manipal University. For more information or to book your appointment call 1724 6800.