throatThe Throat is an important area of the human body, it is a muscular tube with a structure that acts as a passageway, allowing food liquid and air to pass through as well as assisting us in communication through speech.

Also specific to the ENT specialty is expertise in managing diseases of the throat which include tonsils, larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or oesophagus including disorders of the voice respiration (breathing), and swallowing.

At the Royal Free Private Patients Unit our specialist trained consultants have many years experience between them allowing us to provide a diagnosis and result that would be suitable to our patients needs.

We offer the following Throat services to our patients

Microlaryngoscopy – this procedure involves the examination of a patients larynx in detail with the use of a microscope. it is often used alongside a removal or swelling reduction of a tumour.

Correction of the Pharyngeal Pouch – this occurs when a patient has a bulging pockect that is present at the top of the oesophagus, which as a result can cause a lump in the throat and lead to the regurgatation of food even hours after swallowing.

Nasendoscopy – for a further examination of the throat your consultant will use a flexible telescope and pass it through the nose which is done in order to get a view of the throat from above. This way your consultant can examine how the larynx looks and look for any inflamation swelling or lumps.

Globus Pharyngeus – this term is used to describe when a patient has the feeling of a lump in their throat when in actuality there is no lump at all. Swallowing can be normal but this issue can become irritating. There is various ways this can be treatyed from lifestyle changes to medicine and physiotherapy.

Dysphagia – this term is used when a patient has swallowing difficulties, when a patient has dysphagia they have problems swallowing some food and liquids and others being unable to swallow at all. Symptoms include coughing or choking, regurgitation and drooling of saliva. There are different approaches to treating this issue such as widening the oesophagus or changing the consistency of foods to make them easy to swallow.

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea – this is a common condition where the walls of the throat are relaxed when a patient sleeps which interferes with their regular breathing and makes for loud snoring along with periods where breathing is interrupted by snorting.

Neck lump – when diagnosing a neck lump it is usually caused by swollen glands, a cyst, a skin tag or a goitre