Your ENT Clinic Visit
What Do I Need To Bring To My Appointment?
- There are several important items that you should bring to your visit:
- All imaging studies and reports such as CT scans, MRIs, PET scan, or swallow studies. If your imaging was performed at UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, or UAB Hospital-Highlands, we already have what we need.
- A full list of your medications, including name, dosage, and frequency (how often you take it). Include any over-the-counter medications you take, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamins and/or herbal supplements.
- Pertinent medical records related to your visit with us. This may include pathology reports, clinic notes from referring providers, previous test results, or hospital discharge summaries.
- If you have a heart or lung condition and are being evaluated for possible surgery, please bring recent notes/documentation including history of surgery, stents, stress tests, ECHO, etc. This information is helpful in evaluating your fitness for surgery.
- Insurance cards and method of payment for co-payment.
When and Where Do I Go?
Our providers see patients on the 1st and 5th floors of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital. Please review the directory below to ensure that you report to the correct location. If you have several appointments scheduled, you may be required to report to different locations. When in doubt, please call our office at 205-934-9766 option #1 to ensure that you know where to go. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for parking and completing any necessary paperwork. You should expect your clinic visit to last 1-2 hours. As we are a surgical specialty, we ask for your patience if wait times are longer than expected due to emergencies or unforeseen delays.
- Sinus & Allergies
- Facial Plastics
- Laryngology-Voice/Breathing Disorders
- Speech Pathology-Voice Therapy
- Head & Neck Surgery
- General ENT
- Ear & Hearing Disorders
- Allergy Testing and Treatment
- Speech Pathology
What to Expect at Your Visit
Once you arrive to the clinic, please check in with our front desk staff. You will be asked to pay any fees or co-payments and to fill out any necessary paperwork. You will then be called back to an exam room or triage room to gather your vital signs (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.) and other important information for our records. If not already in an exam room, you will then be escorted to an exam room where you will be met by a resident, nurse, or advanced practice provider (NP or PA). This is an important part of your visit and essential to capture critical information about your condition. This meeting may take 15-20 minutes.
After reviewing this information and any outside records and/or imaging provided to us before your visit, the ENT provider will then meet with you to discuss your condition and perform a physical examination. A procedure to view the inside of your nose (nasal endoscopy) or throat (flexible laryngoscopy) may be performed as part of this examination. We will then make specific treatment recommendations for you.
If surgery is offered, the procedure will be clearly explained, including the risks, benefits, and any alternative treatments. You may be asked to proceed to the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic, located on the first floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital or at UAB Hospital-Highlands, for additional lab work and evaluation on the day of your visit or on a different date prior to surgery.
Not all conditions require surgery. Based on your condition and circumstances, your ENT provider will recommend the best treatment options for you. These may include observation, medication, and/or referrals to other specialists.
The Day of Surgery
Arrival times for surgery are usually not known until close to the day of surgery. You will be contacted by one of our surgery schedulers with your arrival time by 2:00 pm the day before surgery. Typically, your arrival time is scheduled 2 hours before the expected start of your surgery to allow time for registration, meeting with anesthesia and operating room staff, starting an IV, etc.
For surgery at UAB Hospital, you will arrive at the admitting area, located on the 2nd floor of UAB’s North Pavilion, at 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL, 35233. Parking is normally available in the 4th Avenue parking deck located at the corner of 4th Ave. S. and 18th St. S.
For surgery at UAB Hospital-Highlands, you will arrive at the admitting area, located at 1201 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL, 35205. Parking is adjacent to the hospital.
For surgery at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, you will check in at the surgery sign-in desk next to admitting, located at 1720 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL, 35233. The parking deck is adjacent to the hospital, with patient drop off and pick up located on Level I (red level) for your convenience.
Please bring the following the day of surgery:
- A list of your active medications with dosage, frequency, and reasons for taking. Include any over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamins, and herbal supplements. If there has been any change to your health status since your prior visit, be sure to relay this information to the care team.
- Insurance card and photo identification
- CPAP machine, if used at home and you expect to stay overnight
- Copies of advanced directives, power of attorney, living will, etc.
- A care partner or responsible adult to stay with you during surgery and drive you home
What not to bring:
- Valuables such as jewelry, watches, or large amounts of money.
- Nail polish
- All piercings
- All jewelry, hair pins, and accessories
- Dentures, partials, glasses, and contact lenses will be removed in pre-op holding and left with your care partner
Approximately 1 hour prior to the start of your surgery, you will be transferred to the pre-operative holding area. You will be asked to change into a surgical gown, and your belongings will be stored in a bag. The pre-operative nursing team will review your medical information for any changes or updates and may provide you with additional paperwork. An IV (intravenous line) will be placed to deliver fluids and any necessary medications. You will also meet your surgical team, including the anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, OR nurse, resident, and/or ENT surgeon. Once everything is in order, you will be transported to the operating room (OR) by the surgical team.
While you are in surgery, family members are asked to wait in the surgical waiting areas assigned for each hospital. By phone, the OR staff will provide updates on the status of surgery. Family members should leave contact instructions if they leave the waiting area. After surgery, your ENT surgeon will contact the waiting room to provide a detailed summary of the procedure.
After surgery, you will be transferred to the recovery room or directly to a surgical intensive care unit (ICU), if intensive care is required. After a period of observation in the recovery room (generally a minimum of 2 hours), you will be discharged home or transferred to a room on the floor. If you are moved to a step-down unit or ICU, your family will be directed to the waiting room assigned to that unit. Otherwise, your family is welcome to stay in your patient room. The length of your stay in the hospital varies by patient and procedure.
Your ENT surgeon will determine when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital. Upon discharge, you will be given detailed instructions on wound care and medications. You will also be scheduled for a follow-up appointment. For any questions or concerns after discharge, please call our office at 205-934-9766 option #2 during office hours. After hours, please page the ENT resident on call at 205-934-3411.