David McIntosh

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David McIntosh is a Paediatric ENT Specialist. David's particular areas of interest are airway obstruction, facial and dental development and its relationship to ENT airway problems, and middle ear disease. He also specialises in sinus disease and provides opinions on the benefit of revision of previous sinus operations. He is also passionate about Indigenous Health.

Training: Advanced surgical training in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Paediatric training: Starship Childrenís Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand

David has achieved many things collectively that individuals would be proud of individually, including:

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PhD (thesis relates to healing after sinus surgery)

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NHMRC Scholarship recipient (one of the hardest grants to access in medical research)

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Published in peer reviewed ENT Journals throughout the world

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Presented on ENT topics throughout Australia and overseas.

Professional affiliations:

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Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

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Fully compliant with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Continuing Professional Development Program

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Associate member of the Aboriginal Indigenous Doctors' Association

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Consultant specialist to the Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

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Consultant specialist for North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health

David has also help membership of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology (A Specialist Society for ENT Surgeons who are skilled in looking after children), Australasian Rhinological Society (A Specialist Group for ENT Surgeons skilled in managing nose and sinus problems), and the Australasian Sleep Association.

Examples of care we offer

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Day surgery tonsillectomy- David has been performing tonsillectomy as day surgery since learning valuable techniques during his additional overseas training. David has performed over 1000 day stay tonsillectomy procedures in children over the past 5 years, making him one of Australia's most experienced paediatric day surgery tonsil surgeons. He has also performed about 500 in adults over the same time period.

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Infant and toddler surgery- David operates on very young children, sometimes under the age of 12 months. Tonsillectomy is available from 12 months of age onwards, when indicated.

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Adenoidectomy under vision- there are several techniques used for removing adenoids, and a common one is to scrape them out. A problem of adenoid removal is leaving tissue behind, and regrowth of the adenoids. David has adopted the technique of Monopolar suction diathermy under visualisation, which he learnt whilst overseas. In his hands, where he has done over 2,000 by this method, less than 2% of children have required the adenoids to be removed again. (This compares to a study that found that scraping them out blindly left adenoid tissue behind in close to 70% of cases).

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Frontal sinus drainage- Comprehensive management of sinus disease entails being able to manage disease in the frontal sinuses. Technically, this is usually the hardest part of sinus surgery.

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Coblation- David has had over 10 years experience with coblation assisted surgery. The main area of use in David's practice is Paediatric Inferior Turbinate reduction.

 

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