How can I make an appointment at Carolina Otolaryngology Consultants, P.A?
Appointments are requested for all office visits. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (252) 962-5300. If you have an emergency, please tell our receptionist and she will arrange for you to be seen promptly. Our office is open Monday through Friday.
What about emergencies?
Our doctors are available to you and your family 24 hours a day.
How can I prepare for my child's appointment?
Prior to your first visit, please take the time to review our website and look for your child's problem in our education center. This will help you better understand what is going on and will help you generate good questions for the doctor.
Some children may be initially concerned about the new experience of coming to the ENT doctor. Many individuals will respond better if they know what to expect beforehand. The exam may consist of several parts, including a visit with our audiologists who have “magic machines” that help perform a painless hearing test. We may also recommend a referral to a speech pathologist who asks children to say all sorts of funny sounds. We also have a great allergy nurse who can do testing right here in the office.
What does my child's ENT exam consist of?
Our doctors or PA's will examine every child seen in the office. Other hearing, allergy and speech professionals will assist them as indicated. The doctors may use a wide variety of instruments to help examine your child. They will explain any procedures first and always go out of their way to make patients feel comfortable. Patients are thoroughly informed of all examination results. If any additional testing or procedures are recommended, they are fully explained in easy to understand language. A complete report will be sent to the referring physician after each visit.
My child's primary care physician has requested a test. What do I do?
If your child’s primary care physician has ordered any tests relevant to your current problem including x-rays or CT scans, please bring them along with you to your visit. Other pertinent information which can be quite helpful would be any outside hearing tests, allergy tests, sleep studies or notes from your pediatrician. This kind of information is vital for our office to review in order to make an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.
What is otolaryngology head and neck surgery?
Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
Otolaryngologists are ready to start practicing after completing up to 15 years of college and post graduate training. To qualify for certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology , an applicant must first complete college, medical school, and then at least five years of specialty training.