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Treatment for diseases of the head and neck
While ENT is a surgical subspecialty, it’s worth noting that 80% of patients who visit us will need medical management or reassurance that no treatment is required. They may be referred to other allied services, such as physiotherapists for balance rehabilitation, or SLTs (speech and language therapists) for speech therapy. Only 20% of patients will require surgery.
ENT Consultants, like our Consultant here at BMI St Edmunds Hospital, treat conditions involving:
Common conditions include:
Published widely on various aspects of otolaryngology, our Consultant is a peer reviewer for clinical otolaryngology, with clinical interests including General ENT (in adults and children), tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, grommets surgery and snoring surgery.
Chronic Sore Throat
Abnormal Lumps in the Neck
Change in Voice
Change in Hearing
There is also the facility to carry out a nasal endoscopy, which is a camera examination of the inside of the nose and back of the throat, all the way down to the voice box area. The patient will attend the outpatient clinic and, depending on what their complaint is, our ear, nose and throat consultant here at BMI will decide which investigation is required. These could include:
It is possible that a nasal endoscopy is required, particularly for throat problems or neck swelling. This procedure examines the nasal and sinus passages, whereby a soft fibre optic camera is passed gently into the nose to the back of the throat.
This camera is used to examine the area of the pharynx and larynx and the procedure is done under a local anaesthetic. It can be performed on the same day as the consultation.
The endoscopy is recorded, which means our consultant has the opportunity to review the results with the patient, in real-time, there and then, and tell them exactly what is happening. Sometimes, this may involve telling the patient what ‘isn’t’ happening, especially in instances when a patient presents with, for example, a lump in the throat and believes it is a serious illness.
It is so much more reassuring to be able to show a patient a picture – to confirm that there isn’t any swelling or an abnormality – says our consultant.
There are, of course, exceptions, due to the patient’s health and home circumstances, as well as distance to travel home.
There are several reasons why you might choose BMI St Edmunds for ear, nose and throat conditions.
The team, say our consultant, work together closely, with inter-referrals to the most appropriate place to help patients get the care they need.
Plus, every specialist working at BMI is an NHS- practising consultant, which means the services they provide undergo a rigorous process of appraisal and recommendation.
If you are a self-paying patient, you can find out exactly what you will pay for treatment before you commit to anything; you can email the secretary of our ear nose and throat consultant, who will give you a breakdown of cost.
Infection control at BMI St Edmunds is great, too, with our consultant currently using disposable, single-use endoscopes in his practice.
At a glance, here are some reasons why you might choose BMI St Edmunds for your consultation:
Patients visit from Cambridge to Ipswich, to Essex, including Colchester, Norfolk, and a host of other towns and cities in the region.
If you are looking for ear, nose and throat treatment in Suffolk itself, BMI St Edmunds is a great choice too.
You can get in touch with our team by calling 01284 844636.
You can also use our handy online booking system to make your appointment.
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and six months of aftercare.
We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code.
Pay for yourself with monthly repayments spread over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)