Surfers ear operations

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Surfaboutoz started the topic in Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 5:46pm

Hey guys can anyone recommend an awesome ear specialist in Melbourne for a surfers ear opperation? or is it a go anywhere thing these days? any help would be very much appreciated. Cheers

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Surfaboutoz Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 5:48pm

Also if you have no Health insurance and you just need to pay and get it done, what are the rough costs? thanks

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crg Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 6:42pm

Not sure of the situation in Melbourne but the surgery can be done through the public system and by the same specialists if you’re prepared to go on a waiting list. In NSW out of Tweed hospital the wait was 18 months but I got a call after 7 months but had moved to the MNC by then. If cost is your big worry it’s worth checking out your local base hospital.

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Supafreak Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 6:52pm

@surfaboutoz , rough cost if you have no insurance and don’t use public system is $5000 per ear . Ive had both done 1 year apart

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jonno Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 9:24pm

This guy did mine, did a good job, didn’t have to cut the back of my ear open either. dayan chandrasekara

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kirwoods Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 7:57pm

Neil Vallance is an extremely experienced ENT surgeon, with a vast amount of exostoses surgery's
performed. I'm just back from day surgery today after just having my 2nd ear done. Pain is minimal. Ears were almost fully closed over with the bone growth.Very happy with the outcomes of the surgeries considering the amount of blockage. Worth spending the money and not taking any risks with this type of surgery imo.. He operates out of Frankston Private and also Cabrini,( I think), closer to the city. Best of luck!

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udo Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 8:11pm

Cost ?

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kirwoods Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 10:27pm

5K

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stanfrance Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 10:46am

Has anyone got a recommendation for a top notch surgeon in SA?

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Ash Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 11:35am

Both my ears were done through the public system by Dr Trish MacFarlane. No complaints and I hear she travels to the west coast to operate as well. I've also met with Dr Kym Diamantis, and he helped me with an ear virus which was new to me but apparently common in Autumn. Kym's a nice guy to talk to and operates in the Adelaide cbd.

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stanfrance Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 1:55pm

Thanks Ash, greatly appreciated

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backhand life Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021 at 9:05pm

Anyone know of surgeons doing just chisel (i.e. not chisel and drill) in Australia? Information has been hard to find. For what it's worth (in case anyone is interested), I found that Michael Busby in SEQLD does combo chisel / drill where possible.

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davec Friday, 12 Aug 2022 at 8:27am

I know this was a long time ago but did you have any luck finding other surgeons in Australia using the chisel method?

backhand life wrote:

Anyone know of surgeons doing just chisel (i.e. not chisel and drill) in Australia? Information has been hard to find. For what it's worth (in case anyone is interested), I found that Michael Busby in SEQLD does combo chisel / drill where possible.

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Mark.Fletcher Friday, 12 Aug 2022 at 11:23am

Just stumbled across this thread. I am about to see a specialist next week to find out if I need to get the surgery on at least one ear myself. Every time I surf now, the pressure does not equalize properly in my right ear and takes a while to drain. Had a break from the water for a few months earlier this year due to time constraints, but after getting back in the water again around April, I found I was getting these issues plus a constant ringing in the right ear for up to 1-2 weeks afterwards.

Anyway, long story short, did some internet research and came across a bloke who sells a product called "Sassal surfers ear drops" so I thought why not, give them a try, it can't hurt. After a surf now, I put a couple of these drops in my ear that night. I'm not getting the drainage and ringing issues as bad anymore so they must be doing something.....

https://www.corenaturopathics.com.au/looking-for-sassall-surfers-ear-drops/

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Bnkref Friday, 12 Aug 2022 at 12:55pm

After a surf a couple of weeks ago one of my ears became completely blocked. Can barely hear out of it and it's ringing all the time (more noticeable at night). Went to the GP and said I need to see an ENT.

Was recommended an ENT by a mate who's had his ears done. Tried to book with him and couldn't get an appointment until mid January next year! Going with someone else that I could get a booking for in October. Had no idea it would take that long to see someone. That's private system too.

I think I'm staring down the barrel of needing both ears drilled sooner rather than later.