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The Urgency of Addressing Exostosis and the Innovations in Less Invasive Surgery


Interview with Conner Coffin and Dr. Hetzler
Conner Coffin discusses Surfer's ear with Dr. Douglas Hetzler

Exostosis, commonly known as Surfer's Ear, is a condition that affects individuals exposed to cold water and wind for prolonged periods, leading to the growth of bony formations within the ear canal. While the symptoms might initially seem manageable, delaying treatment for Exostosis can have serious implications on your health and well-being. However, advancements in surgical techniques, such as the groundbreaking "Chisel Method" pioneered by Dr. Hetzler, offer a less invasive approach, making treatment more accessible and efficient for those seeking relief from this condition.

Leaving Exostosis untreated or delaying necessary surgical intervention can lead to various complications, including increased risk of ear infections, hearing loss, discomfort, and even a higher likelihood of experiencing water trapping in the ears. These issues can significantly impact daily life, particularly for individuals who enjoy water-based activities or live in windy, coastal areas.

Dr. Hetzler's innovative Chisel Method has revolutionised the treatment of Exostosis by providing a less invasive surgical option. This technique involves meticulous precision and utilizes specialised tools to remove bony growths from the ear canal with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. Patients undergoing the Chisel Method experience reduced surgical trauma, faster recovery times, and lower risks of complications compared to traditional surgical approaches.

Dr. Martin Young, a renowned ENT Surgeon based in Knysna, South Africa, has embraced this cutting-edge Chisel Method, offering it to patients seeking relief from Exostosis. Dr. Young's expertise and dedication to utilizing advanced surgical techniques make him a leading figure in providing effective treatment for this condition. Additionally, Dr. Young provides a unique Medical Tourism option, allowing patients to access world-class healthcare in South Africa at more affordable rates.

For those considering surgery for Exostosis, it's imperative not to delay seeking treatment. Embracing the Chisel Method under the skilled hands of specialists like Dr. Young ensures a more comfortable and effective experience, enabling individuals to regain their quality of life without prolonged recovery times or undue complications.


Prioritising your health by addressing Exostosis promptly and exploring innovative surgical methods like the Chisel Method can significantly improve your well-being, allowing you to return to your daily activities with restored comfort and confidence. Consider consulting with experts like Dr. Martin Young to explore your options and take the necessary steps toward a healthier, more fulfilling life. Watch the interview with Conner coffin and Dr. Hetzler here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jILq01ukVk&ab_channel=SurfEars Read more about the Chisel Method with Dr Martin Young on our website and see our options for Medical Tourism. Contact: +27 44 382 0800

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