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At Southampton NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.
This is a quick operation to remove the adenoids, small lumps of tissue located above the tonsils. Adenoids are part of the immune system and are only present in children. They may need to be removed due to infection or allergies.
This procedure uses a long, thin, flexible tube with a light source and a video camera at one end to analyse and diagnose conditions of the area where the nose and throat connect.
FESS is used to treat severe problems with the sinusus – the air-filled spaces in the bones of the face and head. The surgery is all done inside the nose while the patient is under general anaesthetic.
This procedure treats infections in the sinus cavities between the eyes and along the sides of the nose. Surgical tools are used that enter the body through the nose and any infected tissue or bone is removed.
This procedure takes place under general anaesthetic and involves making an opening into a blocked sinus caused by infection. The procedure enables the sinus to drain properly and relieves any pain.
A procedure that enables examination, under general anaesthetic, of the larynx or voice box. Voice, swallowing or breathing problems may lead to this procedure being necessary.
A minor version, often used on children, of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) which is used to treat severe problems with the sinuses. The surgery is all done inside the nose while the patient is under general anaesthetic.
A procedure whereby a tiny cut is made in the eardrum to relieve built up fluid in the middle ear. If thick fluid is present, a tiny plastic tube – a grommet – is placed in the hole to allow air to pass through, drying up any fluid.
An investigative technique where a flexible telescope is used to look inside the spaces in the body. It looks into the nasal space to analyse from above how the palate is working during speech and swallowing.
This procedure is used on patients with acute frontal sinusitis. It can prevent life-threatening complications when the infection is unresponsive to maximal medical treatment.
A surgical procedure to remodel the cartilage of the ear to position the ear closer to the head.
Nasal polyps can arise due to chronic nasal and sinus infection. They aren’t cancerous and can be removed via a polypectomy.
Eardrum damage can be caused by infection, trauma or the placing of grommets. There are various surgical procedures to correct damage to the eardrum and these can take anything from 30 minutes to three hours.
Simple nasal fractures can be repaired by manipulation under local or general anaesthetic. The optimum time to manipulate the bones back to their original position is in the second week post-injury.
Rhinoplasty is surgery to repair or reshape the nose for cosmetic reasons or to correct a structural abnormality caused by injury or birth defect.
A quick surgical procedure to straighten the nasal septum – the partition between the two cavities – to improve airflow. The surgery can take place under local or general anaesthetic.
An operation to improve the appearance of your nose and how you breathe through it. The bones and cartilage that give your nose shape are operated on, as is the septum, the cartilage and bone that divides the nostrils.
There are three sets of turbinate bones in the nose: inferior, middle and superior turbinates. Enlargement of these may cause nasal obstruction. SMD involves shrinking these structures using heat energy.
A tonsillectomy is recommended after several frequent attacks of tonsillitis. The tonsil/s is removed under general anaesthetic, either using heat or by cutting.
A procedure to remove some or all of the turbinate bones in the nose to help relieve nasal obstruction.
A procedure to reconstruct the eardrum or the small bones of the middle ear, the ossicles. If needed, grafts are usually taken from the lobe of the ear.
This surgical procedure is used to remove tissue in the throat. This may include the soft palate, tonsils, adenoids or pharynx. The procedure is recommended for obstructive sleep apnea to widen the airway.