Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Ent Surgery @ Ospedale San Raffaele

The Otorhinolaryngology Department has an established track record in the traditional and minimally invasive treatment of oncological and functional pathology of the head and neck region, in each of its sub-specialties.

The main conditions treated surgically involve cancers of specialty interest including:

  • laryngeal, laryngo-pharyngeal and laryngo-tracheal tumors
  • tumors of the mouth
  • tumors of the pharynx and parapharynx
  • tumors of the nose and paranasal sinuses
  • tumors of the neck, salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroids
  • skin tumors of the face and neck
  • tumors of the ear.

The Otorhinolaryngology Department deals electively with the management of patients affected by these neoplasms using a multidisciplinary approach - tumor board - which involves the interaction of different specialists (Medical Oncologists, Radiologists, Radiotherapists, Anatomopathologists, Dentists, Nuclear Physicians, Nutritionists, Psychologists, Speech Therapists) in order to define the best diagnostic and therapeutic procedure for each patien

Surgery can vary according to the characteristics of the pathologies in question, passing from minimally invasive and conservative approaches (endoscopic with laser surgery, video-assisted) to extensive resections with contextual reconstructive plastic surgery using pedicled or microvascular flaps, combining care with the objective of optimal functional and aesthetic preservation.

At all levels of surgery the principles of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) are widely implemented. They allow early post-operative rehabilitation according to the latest scientific evidence demonstrated by major international resolutions and summarized in the guidelines of the ERAS Society.

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Conditions we take care of at this Department


  • Endoscopic nose-sinus surgery
  • Head and neck tumours
  • Larynx surgery: endoscopic Co2 laser, open surgery
  • Nasal polyposis, Sinusitis, Septal deviation, Rhinosinusitis, Inferior turbinate hypertrophy, Lacrimal Pathways disease, dacryocistitis, Epihora, snoring
  • Plastic reconstructive surgery with local, pedunculated, free flaps
  • Surgical approaches for H&N disorders
  • Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Surgery of major salivary glands
  • Tinnitus and other inner ear disorders: diagnosis and treatment
  • Vestibular Disorders: diagnosis and treatment
  • Vocal polyps and larynx, Larynx disease, Chronic tonsillitis, Chronic adnoiditis

Notable advanced technological equipment

  • Audiometry,
  • Impedenzometry,
  • PEV Microscope,
  • Endoscopic optic,
  • Videoendoscopy,
  • Videoendoscopy with NBI (narrow band imaging),
  • 3D endoscopy,
  • Co2 laser,
  • Diode laser,
  • Surgical navigation system,
  • Balooning,
  • Robot surgery,
  • NIM (nerve monitoring system),
  • Video HIT,
  • Video Frenzel and eye tracking to assess ocular movements,
  • Functional Head Impulse test,
  • Stabilometric exam

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Meet our team

Head physician

Mario Bussi

Mario Bussi

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