Otorhinolaryngology department

The Otorhinolaryngology Department at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra is a national and international reference centre for a wide variety of highly specialised surgical procedures.

We were amongst the first Spanish centres to use robotic surgery for surgical treatments with the Da Vinci® system. More specifically, we were the first Spanish surgeons to carry out transoral operations on cancer of the larynx with robotic surgery.

Additionally, we were the first Spanish centre to operate on Thyroid disease through the under arm [SP] using this robotic technique, thus not leaving a scar on the patient’s neck.

Otorhinolaryngology Department specialists implanted, for the first time in the world, a hearing implant using bone conduction with local anaesthetic.

Along with this, the Otorhinolaryngology Department uses a technique that reduces half of the complications associated with removing tonsils [SP]. The Clínica, which uses the technique known as sealing the tissues, is the most experienced Spanish hospital for this procedure. 

The cochlear implant is an electronic device capable of collecting and transforming sounds into electrical stimuli. [Video only available in Spanish]

We have the latest technology for achieving the best results when treating our patients.” 

Vocal function examination

A vocal function examination is the subjective evaluation of the voice and an objective analysis of the patient´s health status. Various systems are used for the acoustic analysis of several physiological variables of the voice and for the visualisation of the structures of the phonatory system, especially the vocal cords, using a range of endoscopic methods.

Nose, nostrils and paranasal sinus examination

With an external inspection of the nostrils, we can evaluate the skin´s characteristics and whether there are external structural deformities or sore spots.

  • To visualise the interior of the nostrils, a rhinoscopy or speculum are used, with a front mirror and light source.
  • Nasofibroscopy: this is carried out using a rigid or flexible fiberscope. This allows specialists to carry out a complete inspection of the nostrils and any noticeable changes from the nasal cavity to the cavum.
  • Rhinomanometry: measures the degree of alteration to the nasal respiratory function.
  • Olfatometry or a sense of smell evaluation is a collection of tests used to detect qualitative or quantitative changes in a patient´s ability to smell.

Balance and Hearing Examination

Auditory functions studies are carried out using vocal and tonal audiometry to find out the patient´s degree of hearing and word comprehension.

Occasionally, it is important to make the test more specific and carry out peripheral hearing function tests (inner ear), using otoacoustic tests, and evaluate the auditory evoked potentials. 

What is Da Vinci®?
A robotic surgical system assisted by computers to improve the surgeon´s ability to operate less invasively.

What are the advantages?
It´s more precise, less invasive, doesn´t leave scars, removes the natural tremor of the surgeon´s hand and improves the anatomically field of vision throughout the operation

A better “surgeon” with three arms:
The Da Vinci´s field of vision and optics is up to 12 times deeper which improves laparoscopic techniques.

> Read more about robotic surgery 



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