Waiting times at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
4 weeks 8 weeks
*The actual time you wait for surgery at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre will depend on many factors, including whether further diagnostics or tests are required, patient choice and how quickly the NHS will approve the funding for your treatment. Nevertheless the vast majority will be in the range detailed above.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.


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Adenoidectomy

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.

Diagnostic endoscopic exam of nasopharynx

This procedure uses a long, thin, flexible tube with a light source to analyse and diagnose conditions of the area where the nose and throat connect.

Ear wax removal

Ear wax is a natural bodily secretion which, if it builds up, can cause problems with hearing, ear ache, tinnitus and dizziness. In most cases it removes itself, but in others it may have to be removed by a trained ENT health professional.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), sometimes referred to as intranasal ethmoidectomy, is a procedure used to improve the drainage of mucus from the sinuses. Usually carried out under general anaesthetic, a small endoscope is inserted into the nose to view the sinuses, and small surgical instruments are used to remove any growths or extra tissue.

Intranasal antrostomy

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.

Intranasal ethmoidectomy

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.

Microlaryngoscopy

A procedure that enables examination, under general anaesthetic, of the larynx or voice box. It is commonly used to diagnose problems with the voice, swallowing or breathing.

Mini FESS / ethmoidectomy

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.

Myringotomy and grommet fitting

A procedure whereby a tiny cut is made in the ear drum 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.

Nasendoscopy

An investigative technique where a flexible endoscope is used to look inside the nasal space and also to analyse from above how the palate is working during speech and swallowing.

Operation on the frontal sinus

This procedure is used on patients with acute or chronic infection of the frontal sinusitis. It can prevent life-threatening complications when the infection is unresponsive to maximal medical treatment.

Pinnoplasty (non-cosmetic)

A surgical procedure to remodel the cartilage of the ear to position the ear closer to the head.

Polypectomy of internal nose

Nasal polyps can arise due to chronic nasal and sinus infection. They aren’t cancerous and can be removed via a polypectomy.

Repair of eardrum

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.

Repair of fractured nose / MUA of nasal bone

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

Rhinoplasty is surgery to repair or reshape the nose for cosmetic reasons or to correct a structural abnormality caused by injury or birth defect.

Septoplasty

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.

Septorhinoplasty

This is an operation to reshape the bones, cartilage and septum to improve breathing and may also improve the appearance of the nose.

Submucous diathermy SMD turbinates

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.

Tonsillectomy

Tonsillitis can be caused by a viral infection such as the common cold or flu (and this is the most frequent cause) or by a bacterial infection which can cause complications.

Turbinectomy

A procedure to remove some or all of the turbinate bones in the nose to help relieve nasal obstruction.

Tympanoplasty

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 or tissue located behind or above the ear.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

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.

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