Patient Information

What is an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon?

An Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon is an expert in the medical and surgical management of diseases of the head and neck, and has undergone extensive surgical training devoted solely to surgery of the face, head, and neck. Commonly referred to as an Ear/Nose/Throat surgeon, an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon’s expertise is not limited solely to the ears, nose, and throat. It also includes facial plastic surgery (botox/dermal fillers, cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty, cosmetic ear surgery/otoplasty, reconstructive surgery for skin lesions/cancers), cancers of the head and neck (skin, thyroid, lymph glands, saliva glands, tongue, throat, voice box), and sleep surgery (surgery for snoring/sleep apnea).

Below is a list of 10 commonly treated conditions by Otolaryngologists/Head and Neck Surgeons:

  1. Skin cancers and benign skin lesions (e.g. moles)
  2. Thyroid and parathyroid disorders (including cancer)
  3. Rhinoplasty/"nose job" (including surgery to help nasal breathing and/or improve the appearance of the nose)
  4. Sinusitis/nasal polyps
  5. Difficulty breathing through the nose/nasal blockage
  6. Ear pinning/otoplasty/cosmetic surgery for outstanding ears (both for adults and children)
  7. Pediatric conditions (ear pinning/otoplasty, ear tubes, tonsil/adenoid disorders, tongue tie release)
  8. Hearing loss
  9. Hoarseness/voice change
  10. Botox injections for esthetic reasons (facial lines/wrinkles), but also for drooling, certain voice problems, and pain/muscle tension syndromes (headache and temporomandibular joint pain)

How do I obtain an appointment with Dr. Harris?

Your family physician can easily refer you to Dr. Harris by completing our referral form.

If you are interested in cosmetic procedures, please contact our clinic directly

What should I bring to my appointment?

Patients are asked to bring in the health card, all medications, and copies of any tests done to investigate their health concern. Tests might include an audiogram (hearing test) and imaging (such as CT scan, MRI, x-rays). Where possible please bring original images on a CD.

What should I do to prepare for my surgery?

Patients scheduled for surgery are asked to arrive at the specified time to the North Bay Regional Health Centre on an empty stomach (nothing to eat since midnight).

Please stay tuned for patient handouts. Our office is presently developing information handouts for your reference.