Ask a Ear Nose Throat (ENT) Specialist: Dr Lynne Lim from Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital Singapore

Ask a Doctor ForumCategory: OtorhinolaryngologyAsk a Ear Nose Throat (ENT) Specialist: Dr Lynne Lim from Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital Singapore
dr. Lynne Lim asked 3 years ago
I am Dr Lynne Lim, Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat – Head & Neck Surgeon based in Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital and Farrer Park Hospital. Ask Me Anything! I have over 25 years of accredited ENT experience. Besides my private practice, I am Adjunct Associate Professor to the School of Medicine at National University Singapore, and Visiting Consultant to the ENT Department at National University Hospital. Between 2001 to 2003, I was awarded a Healthcare Manpower Development Program (HMDP) Fellowship for ENT Surgery and National Medical Research Council Research Fellowship for research at Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Centre, Ohio, USA. CCHMC is a world-renowned American ENT Board Accredited medical and research centre, and my little girl loved growing up there. Between 2002 to 2004, I completed my Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA. My second MOH HMDP award in 2008 -2009 was for reconstruction surgery of microtia/ atresia/ middle ear at inspirational centers of Stanford Medical Centre (USA), University of Virginia Medical Centre (USA), and Nagata Plastic and Ear Reconstruction Clinic (Japan). I have enjoyed traveling to neighbouring countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Middle East as faculty for surgery workshops and academic conferences, and seen that good health is really the top concern for everyone. I consult in adult and pediatric cases of general ENT like ear, hearing, tinnitus, giddiness, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, snoring, adenoid and tonsils, throat, voice, head and neck lump problems. I am further sub-specialized to manage complex cases of ear problems and hearing loss (EarWell, microtia, atresia and middle ear tumor and ear bone reconstruction surgery, cochlear implants, middle ear implants like Vibrant Soundbridge, BoneBridge, BAHA bone anchored hearing aids; airway reconstruction; syndromic children (e.g. Down Syndrome). In Singapore, I have had the chance to do exciting work, pioneering simultaneous anterior and posterior rib graft reconstruction for severe subglottic airway stenosis for stridor in children (2004), sphincteroplasty for velopharyngeal insufficiency for unclear speech (2004), genetic testing of congenital hearing loss service at NUH (2005), the first simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant surgery (2005), and first totally-implantable (“invisible”) Carina middle ear implant surgery (2008). In 2006, I had the chance again to perform the first Vibrant Soundbridge middle ear implant surgery. There are 2 key research initiatives I am continuing with currently. One is the development of a hand-held device to insert grommet ear tubes in the clinic, and another is the development of a bioabsorbable grommet tube that would self degrade within 3 to 6 months. Learn more about me here: I am excited to be here to share/discuss ENT Health with everyone. I will be actively answering questions. Whether you've got questions about ENT disorders either in children or adults, or specific questions related to hearing loss or unclear speech, ask me anything! === Want to ask a question? Submit your question at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to include your name and email address to get notified when the doctor answers your question.
35 Answers
Tay Chin answered 2 years ago

There is a small lump in my nose. I feel as though it’s blocking my breathing passage and causing me to breathe differently. How do I know if this lump is dangerous? It has been there for more than two weeks.

dr. Lynne Lim replied 2 years ago

The lump could be your inferior turbinate tissue at the sides of both of your internal nose. These turbinate tissues can swell with allergies, or it could be naturally large to start with, and you are only feeling it now. If it is a new lump, it could be an infected or granulation tissue or cyst. Rarely, there can be tumors of the nose. To know if it is a dangerous lump or not, you should see your family doctor or an ENT doctor.

Amy answered 2 years ago

Doctor, my husband is 56 years old. He has been complaining that the inner part of his right ear is painful and causing him to be dizzy. He also said something about imbalance. It happened after he cleaned his ear with a cotton bud. What should we do?

Alex answered 2 years ago

There is a small lump in my right nose, closer to the front of my nostril. I can feel it with my finger. It has been there for close to 2 months now. Is it fine just to leave it? Would it grow and block my airway if left untreated?

Xue Ting answered 2 years ago

My 16 year old daughter has been complaining that the inner part of her right ear hurts. I checked her ear with a flashlight and saw there was a wound in it. This morning, there was bloody discharge from her ears and she said she has a terrible headache. I gave her Panadol to stop her headache. Although the headache is relieved and the bleeding has stopped, she said the pain in her ear persists. What condition is she having? And how should we treat it?

Yanti Herawati answered 1 year ago
i had nose implant from rib cartillage removed in 2015 but there is still tip implant inside the tip of the nose can you remove the tip implant from ear cartillage in my nose?if yes how much it will cost?
dr. Lynne Lim replied 1 year ago

Hi. I am able to remove the implants, but I need to see you first and see if that is the correct thing to do. I am not able to estimate a cost currently. I need to see what exactly is needed first as the type of procedure required can differ significantly. Please book an appointment with me through Smarter Health at

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