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Prof. Richard Harvey

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For many years I had what I thought to be sinus issues and post nasal drip and blocked nose and bleeding and crusting issues. I had been to the Dr on many occasions for infections which would then travel down to my chest and then having to use endless nasal sprays and antihistamines with little relief and I felt exhausted from antibiotics being taken for the endless infections. I finally saw a lovely specialist who saw nothing too out of the ordinary on my CT scans but when he looked up my nose he was shocked to find a large septal perforation. He said that the only ENT surgeon that he would allow me to attend to have it repaired was Prof Richard Harvey. I followed his advice and saw Prof Harvey and he fully explained the procedure that he would need to do to close my septal perforation. I arranged for the surgery to go ahead and I had been told that I would look totally normal when leaving the hospital because the work to be done is all inside the nose and that I would have very little pain. I found this to be very accurate. I awoke from surgery and had no pain and my husband drove me home shortly after the surgery. Yes I experienced extensive swelling within the nasal passages for the next week and there was a bit of pressure but I had no pain and certainly didn't require any pain meds other than the occasional Panadol. I did experience a fair amount of blood dripping from my nose so I used a nasal sling which took care of that and I was not allowed to bend over because that would create more pressure and bleeding. However I was up and about and feeding and rugging the horse and walking the dogs and doing the usual household chores and as the swelling went down with the assistance of a week on steroids and strong antibiotics to cover me I began to get air through my nasal passages. It did take a few weeks before I could breathe properly but I got better and better each day. I am very glad that I went ahead with the surgery. Since then I have had no infections and no nasal crusting and no bleeding and my nose continues to feel better each day. I continue to use saline nasal flushes and that is very helpful. I do have some very mild numbness within the right nasal passage were the flap to cover my perforation was performed and a tiny spot behind my two upper front teeth but this is something that will fade with time and it in no way concerns me or bothers me. I also find Prof Harvey to be one of the most personable surgeons that I have ever met. He is delightful and extremely informative and shows great empathy.

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flag | Submitted December 21, 2018

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I have had sinus problems for many years. After using steroid sprays, antibiotics & antihistamines I was feeling constantly tired, sick & irritable. Dr Harvey diagnosed me with non allergic rhinitis & recommended that I use capsicum spray. I thought that was weird but decided I had nothing to lose by starting this treatment. This was in May. I know feel wonderful- my breathing is clear, no headaches, I have lots of energy & cold, hot, windy weather, air conditioning, & fragrances etc no longer bother my nose. I use the sprays for a few days every month when I feel my old symptoms returning. For me Dr Harvey has been a miracle worker. Deborah Drexler

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flag | Submitted November 18, 2018

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Having had three previous sinus surgeries I was hopeful but not completely confident that a fourth would be any more successful. How wrong I was. Prof. Richard Harvey operated in January and I have had no blockages and full sense of taste and smell ever since. The post op care has been easy and simple and after 30 odd years of constant sinus problems I couldn’t be happier. I am so happy I decided to see Prof. Harvey and would highly recommended him to anyone who has sinus issues. Great doctor, wonderful staff and very professional practice. Steve Glennon

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flag | Submitted November 16, 2018

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Suffering from severe sinus infections and pain for many years, and undergoing surgery twice in Canberra without any success, it was suggested I get another opinion by visiting the Riverina Respiratory and Sleep Centre in Wagga. Fortunately a visiting Specialist from Sydney, Dr Anthony Byrne, was able to see me and referred me to Prof Richard Harvey at the Sydney Ear Nose and Throat Clinic. After a thorough examination and explanation of my condition by Richard Harvey, and at the age of 71, I decided that I would undergo a new procedure for my chronic sinus called Endoscopic sinus surgery Lothrop + Medical Maxillectomy at Macquarie University Hospital. From my first consultation with Richard Harvey and over the past two years, I have found him a thorough gentleman, an excellent communicator to both myself and my wife in explaining the procedures taken, and the care that has followed, since 28th April 2016. My surgery has been a great success with no reoccurrence as long as I follow post-op orders. As mentioned it is now two years since the operation and I am the best I have been for 30 years. The staff working for Richard are caring and helpful. I would highly recommend Prof Richard Harvey to anyone with a sinus condition and know that you will be in very capable hands. Sincere thanks to a great Doctor for a job well done. Denis McRae

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flag | Submitted September 27, 2018

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Professor Harvey was highly recommended and I am so glad I made the right choice to have my endonasal surgery . I had rhinoplasty nearly thirty years ago and Over the years , started using nasal sprays to clear my blocked airway . At my first appointment,Professor Harvey explained the problem and treatment required in detail . All the staff at the clinic were very pleasant and helpful . The day procedure was performed at Macquarie University hospital and I received excellent care from all the medical staff and Dr Paul Whiting ,my anaesthetist on the day. I have not used a nasal spray since my surgery and have a restful sleep and no blocked nose ! Thank you Professor Harvey. With highest regard for your professionalism . Nalini Cochrane

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flag | Submitted September 9, 2018

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I live in a small country town in the Riverina. Some years ago I developed an ongoing problem with a heavily bleeding nose. I saw 2 ENT specialists and was admitted to 2 hospitals and casualty at a large teaching hospital ,all to no avail. I was in hospital, my nose bleeding profusely ,,having blood transfusions, when my wife was directed to Prof Harvey, who told her that if I could get to Sydney, he would operate straight away. I went from hospital to Wagga by ambulance then air ambulance to St Vincent's Sydney.(right nasal haemangioma ,right anterior septal telangiectasia ). Needless to say the operation was an outstanding success and I stayed in Sydney for 3 weeks under Prof Harvey,s care and made a full recovery. Words cannot adequately express my thanks for what he has done for me. I have the highest regard for Prof Harvey. His professional skill and patient care are outstanding and I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation. Bob Isaac

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flag | Submitted August 7, 2018

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Six months ago my father suffered a severe noise bleed His GP could not stop it, so an ambulance was called Doctors tried to stop nose bleed on three different occasions. Eventually he was introduced to Prof Richard Harvey. I attended his surgery and was told that there was a small tumor that required surgery. This was a Wednesday and by Friday Prof Harvey had me in surgery(due to his age this was urgent) Following the operation Prof Harvey rand him several times over the weekend to see how he was felling. Prof Harvey is a true professional. The follow up visit showed that everything went well and healing.

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flag | Submitted June 18, 2018

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Prof Harvey did an excellent job on my nasal polyposis surgery it went so well without any pain at all just a bit of discomfort that's about it from what I heard he ranks among one of the best ENT specialist you will find.

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flag | Submitted June 8, 2018

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I struggled for a couple of years with Sinus issues brought on by severe nasal polyposis and my GP and Asthma specialists saw surgery as necessary. (95% blockage). I had lost my sense of smell altogether and sleep was extremely difficult. I had seen another ENT specialist, but was feeling unsure about surgery when I saw Dr Harvey and he was fantastic in understanding my concerns, speaking very clearly about the procedure and setting out possible outcomes openly, I felt very confident that I could entrust him to do it. My numerous questions did not irritate him! So I underwent Endoscopic sinus and septal surgery in January ‘17, very successfully and my gratitude to Dr Harvey is immense. I had minimal pain post surgery, and recovered very well, regained ability to smell, more so my nasal breathing was restored and I felt like a new person! Dr Harvey’s professionalism, bedside manner, after care and continued attention is truly exceptional. I do suffer from some intolerances/allergies that trigger Asthma and inflammatory conditions and ocassionally have small flare ups but my suffering is nothing like when my sinuses were blocked with polyps. I continue a daily sinus rinse routine with Pulmicort repsicules which is very effective. Dr Harvey continues to see me every 6 months and his continued attention, care, concern and following up is amazing. I have had a few surgeries in my life, but honestly no other doctor has personally phoned me at my home to check how I’m proceeding post surgery. Similarly his very professional office will always follow up on my prescriptions, referrals and the like with no urging from my end. I’m also very aware that Dr Harvey gives back to his profession in wonderful ways, each time I visit there is always a student he is teaching in the background, and he works in the developing world during breaks. A wonderful doctor, a wonderful human being! I feel blessed to have had his care.

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flag | Submitted May 7, 2018

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I had sinus problems for many years. I had two previous surgeries for this but the blockages reoccurred within weeks of the procedures.my only option was treatment with oral prednisone taken every three months for a ten day period. Whilst this treatment is highly effective it is not a good option for the long term as Prednisone has terrible side effects. I was advised by an acquaintence as he had been successfully treated and also by a couple of doctorsto seek help from Professor Harvey. It’s been well over two years now and my polyps are no longer a problem and I have normal sense of smell so that means my sense of taste is back to normal. The real advantage is that I can breathe normally rather than be contantly blocked and am no longer reaching for the tissue box. Whilst the surgery is far more radical, it was totally painless and much more successful than previously due to the current daily treatment being able to access a far greater area of my sinus as the bones have been removed. So instead of having to take regular treatment with oral prednisone I use a saline sinus rinse with a nebule of prednisone(Pulmicort) added to the rinse. No side effects. As far as I’m concerned it has been a miracle for me and I can also say that Professor Richard Harvey is one of the nicest most caring and efficient doctors I’ve ever dealt with . The post operative visits are painless and in my case the surgery was highly successful.

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flag | Submitted February 11, 2018

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Biography

Richard currently works as a dedicated rhinologist (nose, sinus, allergy and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery) at Macquarie University and St Vincent’s Hospitals in Sydney. He is the program head of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at the Applied Medical Research Center of UNSW and is Professor at both the University of NSW and Macquarie University. After several years of post-training fellowships, including formal fellowships in the USA and UK, Richard practices in Sydney, Australia, as one of only a few dedicated rhinologists in the country. He has authored over 250 publications, books, book chapters and completed his PhD in trans-nasal skull base surgery. Richard has presented over 500 lectures and talks on sino-nasal disease management. He is the current Editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of Otolaryngology (ww.w.TheAJO.com) as well as an associate editor for the Cochrane ENT disorders group currently. Richard contributes to the editorial board for Rhinology Journal, American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy and the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology and is actively involved in research programs in Sydney. He is the recipient of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, intended to recognise members who are providing outstanding OHNS services beyond their normal practice activities. Along with training surgeons in both developed and emerging countries, Richard runs a series of courses with Sydney every year to further rhinologic education and training in Australia.


Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of New South Wales (Grad. 1997)
  • University of Oxford (Grad. 1999)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (Grad. 2006)

Other Specialties


Areas of Expertise

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Sinus headaches
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Broken nose
  • Rhinoplasty

Awards & Recognitions

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