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Preparing for an appointment with the Head, Neck, and Skull Base Surgery team

To request an appointment for your child, call 617-355-5798. Please bring any relevant outside clinical information with you. These may include x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, pathology studies, operating room notes, or doctors' clinic notes.

We ask for any adult attending a visit at Boston Children’s please have a photo ID on them. Adults may be asked to show photo ID prior to entering the hospital.

What happens during the appointment?

Most visits last approximately one hour. However, some patients may need to see multiple specialists, which can add time to an appointment. We recommend that you block out several hours for your appointment.

You and your child will meet with an ORL nurse for a brief physical exam and a review of your child's medical history. A physician will then perform a complete physical exam and discuss his or her findings with you at length. He will provide you with information regarding the next steps to be taken. In most cases, further tests or procedures may need to be arranged.

What happens after the appointment?

As part of our multidisciplinary team, specialists from the Departments of Otolaryngology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Pathology meet on a regular basis to discuss and plan the best possible treatment for each individual patient. A member of the staff will contact you following the conference to discuss the recommended treatment plan for your child.

With the help of our dedicated staff, support groups, and social services, we continue to provide the highest quality medical care to all patients.