Nose procedures along with care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of the ENT specialist. The area of their expertise includes management of disorders of the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, allergies, sense of smell, and nasal respiration (breathing), snoring, as well as the external appearance of the nose.
There are many reasons you may be referred to a nose specialist particularly for issues such as:
Epistaxis, Nasal obstruction, Nasal polyps, Rhinitis and Rhinosinusitis, Sinusitis, Snoring, Allergy Testing
To examine your issue a specialist will start by looking at the front of a patients nose with a Speculum and a headlight for a clear view of the nasal passage. If a further more complex examination of the nose is required then your consultant will use a Nasendoscope which is a flexible scope with a camera, a local anaesthetic may be used to make the procedure more comfortable.
At the Royal Free Private Patients Unit our specialist trained consultants have many years experience between them allowing us to provide a nasal diagnosis and solution that would be suitable to our patients needs.
We offer the following Nose services to our patients
Nasal Polypectomy – this is a procedure to remove nasal polyps from the nose or sinuses. If unsuccessful in removal surgery may be required for the patient.
Nasal Surgery – this involves any surgery done on the nose either in or outside, normally nasal surgery is required to improve a patients breathing, to correct congenital or acquired deformities, or repair any nasal injuries that may have occurred.
Balloon Sinuplasty – this is a new use of technology for patients suffering from Sinusitis. The procedure is minimally invasive and involves your consultant using a small flexible balloon catheter to unblock a patients sinuses.
Nasal Septum Cauterisation – there are two approaches to Nasal Cauterisation and is mainly used for treating sores and nose bleeds. The first approach will use a chemical agent to treat the issue (Chemical Cauterisation). The second approach uses an electronic wire to reduce the bleeding in the nasal area.
Septorhinoplasty / Septoplasty – this procedure is for individuals who wish to make their nose look better in appearance or have breathing issues with their septum. The septum is the thin cartilage which acts as a wall between both sides of your nose
Somnoplasty – this procedure is a common treatment for conditions such as snoring, chronic nasal obstruction and obstructive sleep apnea. Your consultant will use targeted radiowave energy to shrink the underlying tissue that has been causing the patient obstruction.