Why see an ENT specialist?

An otorhinolaryngologist or ear, nose and throat surgeon is a doctor who received specialist training in the diagnosis & management of conditions affecting your ears, nose and throat. An ENT surgeon also manages conditions pertaining to the head and neck. A true privilege helping people regain some of their basic senses:  to hear,  smell  and  taste; or helping you speak clearly or maybe even singing again by treating various voice pathologies as well.
Dr Andre and his child

About Dr André van Straten

Dr André van Straten obtained his medical degree at the University of Pretoria. He then moved to East London where he completed his internship and community service at Frere Hospital. It was during his community service where he gained an interest in the field of ENT and quickly realized that he would ultimately become an ENT surgeon. After spending some time in general surgery he relocated to the Western Cape and there obtained his specialist qualification at the University of Stellenbosch.

Passionate about his work, he keeps abreast of the latest trends in current care and surgical techniques by attending local and international congresses. This allows him to provide the best treatment options which he tailors to his patients' individual needs. He believes that a healthy and trusting relationship with his patient and their family is central to their complete care.

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Oral presentation by a registrar
National ENT congress 2015
"Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of ototopical antiseptics for the treatment of active chronic otits media."

1st Prize, 2015
ENT Society of South Africa

Poster presentation
National ENT congress 2014
"Sclerosing laryngitis – A rare presentation of IgG4-related disease: A case report."

2nd Prize, 2016
ENT Society of South Africa

Poster presentation
National ENT congress 2013
"Early postoperative complications, including pharyngocutaneous fistula, following total laryngectomy: incidence & predisposing factors."

2nd Prize, 2013
ENT Society of South Africa

Courses / Congresses

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course 2009
  • ENT National Congress 2011-2015, 2018
  • Cape Town Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Course 2012, 2014
  • Cape Temporal Bone Course 2012, 2021
  • Bloemfontein Temporal Bone Course 2013
  • Cape Town Head & Neck Dissection Course 2013
  • Cape Town Vestibular Course 2015
  • IFOS ENT World Congress (Paris) 2017
  • Cape Town Endoscopic Ear Surgery Course 2017, 2018
  • Cape Town Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Skull Base Dissection 2018, 2019
  • Kajetany, Poland - Window Approach Workshop -Cochlear implant surgery 2019
  • Antwerp, Belgium - Surgical Foundation Course - Cochlear implant surgery 2019
  • South African Cochlear Implant Group Annual Conference 2019
  • Innsbruck, Austria - MedEL Surgical training - Cochlear implant surgery 2019

Associations & Affiliations



South African Cochlear
Implant Group Society


Cochlear Implant Unit
CIU Tygerberg Hospital


Cape Gate

Consultation Rooms

CureDay Paarl Hospital

Consultation Rooms

Conditions managed

From infections such as tonsillitis, laryngitis or sinusitis, ear problems including dizziness and deafness, nasal fractures, nosebleeds, allergies or snoring, voice and swallowing problems to cancers of the head and neck - these all fall in the realm of the ENT surgeon. Whether it is merely providing reassurance, medical management or surgery - Dr Van Straten aims to provide optimal care for each and every patient.

Voice & Swallowing

Hoarse voice
Vocal cord polyps
Singer's nodules
Chronic and/or recurrent sore throat
Swallowing disorders
Foreign body sensation

Nose & Sinus

Allergy and hay fever
Blocked and runny nose
Loss of smell
Nasal polyps
Nasal fractures
Deviated septum
Post-nasal drip
Snoring & obstructive sleep apnoea

Ear Complaints

Ear infections and runny ears
Ear pain
Hearing loss and deafness
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Dizziness or vertigo and balance disorders
Swimmer's ear
Surfer's ear / exostosis
Middle ear effusion (Glue ear)
Perforated ear drum
Wax impaction

Pediatric ENT

Recurrent tonsillitis / Sore throat
Tonsil and adenoid enlargement
Allergy and hay fever
Glue ear / Middle ear effusion / Grommets
Recurrent ear infections
Hearing concern and poor speech development
Blocked and runny nose

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