Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery.
The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Sheba Medical Center is the largest center of its kind in Israel. We offer a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for ear, nose, and throat disorders, in addition to providing surgical and medical treatment for head and neck conditions.
Located in the Alexander Moksel Institute of Otolaryngology, our all-inclusive facility features 18 beds for inpatients, a modern, fully equipped outpatient unit, and the Institute for Hearing and Communication Disorders. Nearly 25,000 patients are treated in our clinics, and our expert physicians perform more than 2,000 surgical procedures every year.
The Division of Surgery
The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is an integral unit of Sheba Medical Center’s Division of Surgery. Our surgical division is committed to keeping pace with the rapid advances of technology and medical treatments, with a highly skilled team and cutting-edge equipment.
We are affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and host over 100 resident surgeons annually. In addition to performing operations, our surgeons regularly publish scholarly articles and are dedicated to training the next generation of top physicians. We strive to provide medicine with a holistic, customized, and precise approach.
At Sheba’s Division of Surgery:
- Our team comprises more than 250 surgeons and 500 nurses
- We have a total of 33 advanced operating rooms
- We perform approximately 23,500 procedures per year
- We provide treatment for 23,000 inpatients per year
- We care for 350,000 outpatients per year
The following departments are all housed within the Division of Surgery:
- Department of Neurosurgery
- Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
- Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Department of Surgical Oncology
- Department of Thoracic Surgery
- Department of Ambulatory Surgery
- Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
- Department of General Surgery
- Department of Pediatric Surgery
Treatments Provided at the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
We treat a wide variety of ear and auditory disorders, including congenital and acquired, acute and chronic, trauma and tumors. Our services include:
- Cochlear Implant: We are the largest center in Israel for cochlear implantation as a solution for deafness, having inserted over 900 implants for more than 750 patients. Our physicians developed a unique new endoscopic technique that eliminates the need for drilling into the mastoid (the skull bone behind the ear).
- Implantable Hearing Aids – BAHA and VSB: When standard hearing aids are not beneficial, middle ear and skull implants may be an option.
- Endoscopic ear surgery: Our Sheba team is pioneering this new technique of using endoscopy instead of standard microscopy to view the ear structures. Since 2008, we have performed more than 200 operations.
- Hearing Impairment and Middle Ear Surgery: We provide comprehensive evaluations of acquired and congenital ear deformities and hearing impairments, as well as diagnosis and surgery of diseases in adults and children (including tympanoplasty, stapes surgery, mastoidectomy, and reconstruction of the mastoid cavity).
- Lateral Base of Skull Surgery: In collaboration with the neurosurgical team and invasive radiology teams, as necessary, we perform surgery for acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma), glomus tumors, and carcinomas of the ear.
- Facial Nerve Rehabilitation: Specialized neurological exams (EMG and ENoG) are offered along with a broad array of diagnostic and imaging procedures in order to diagnose and assess the pathologies that cause facial nerve paralysis. We work together with other hospital units to provide medical and surgical rehabilitation of the facial nerve.
- Vestibular System Disorders: We provide full evaluations of vestibular system disorders, such as vertigo and unsteadiness, vestibular physical training, and treatment of Meniere disease with surgery or intratympanic injections of gentamicin. At our Institute of Hearing and Communication, we offer VNG (ENG).
- Tinnitus: Assessment and treatment is offered, including medication, behavioral methods, and biofeedback.
- Auricular Reconstruction/Facial Rehabilitation: Specialized examinations, including diagnostic imaging, as well as surgical rehabilitation involving multi-stage interventions, such as static and dynamic muscle transfer and nerve grafting.
- Head and Neck Oncology: A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and pathologists collaborate to diagnose and treat head and neck malignancies. We offer robotic surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsies, and intraoperative brachytherapy. State-of-the-art reconstructive surgery is performed using advanced techniques, such as microvascular free tissue transfer. We also offer tracheoesophageal speech prosthesis for patients to regain speech after total laryngectomy.
- Salivary Gland Endoscopic Surgery: Imaging tests and endoscopic evaluation and treatment are provided.
- Voice and Airway Reconstruction: We diagnose and treat benign and malignant diseases of the vocal cords in children and adults. Surgical interventions include LASER, stenting, laryngo-tracheoplasties, and cricotracheal resection.
- Swallowing disorders: Evaluation of dysphagia is done by an ENT specialist and speech therapists administer physical rehabilitation for swallowing disorders.
- Nose, Sinuses, and Skull Base Surgery: Our rhinology team treats nasal obstruction, rhinitis, allergic and non-allergic sinusitis. We offer conservative or surgical therapies for a wide range of etiologies. Rhinologists treat skull base tumors using techniques to minimize brain trauma.
- Snoring and Sleep Disorders: Evaluation is done at our Institute of Sleep Disorders, and treatments include CPAP and BiPAP, as well as surgical interventions for patients who do not benefit from conservative therapies.
- Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology: Working together with pediatricians at Sheba’s Safra Hospital, we treat infants and children of all ages, providing a total range of services for otolaryngology conditions – from common problems, such as tonsillitis, to more complex issues, such as reconstruction of airway stenosis and congenital head and neck anomalies.
Meet Our Team
The staff of our Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery comprises 15 board-certified physicians and six residents. Every member of our professional team cares for patients with a compassionate and personalized approach to medicine.
Dr. Eran Alon, MD
Director, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Service
Dr. Alon received his medical degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Alon has a unique specialty in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck.
Holistic Healthcare at Sheba
We are strongly committed to serve each patient with premier medical care that addresses your overall well-being and quality of life. As our experts design the best treatment program for your particular condition in our Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, we consider your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Therapists from a range of disciplines, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and nutritionists, provide supportive services all under one roof on our modern campus.