CATARRH

Catarrh treatment from the ENT Laser Surgery

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Catarrh is a widely used descriptive term for build-up of mucus, typically at the back of the nose, a throat clearing sensation, or the feeling of lumpiness, something stuck, at the back of the tongue. 

Some people experience a catarrh in throat lump for months or years. We offer catarrh treatment, whether using medicines, or sometimes laser treatment. Find out about laser catarrh treatment here, contact us for an appointment or read of Catarrh FAQs for more information.

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Symptoms of catarrh

The symptom of catarrh is translatable into several different meanings – from blocked nose and sinus pains, to throaty symptoms, tickly cough and post nasal drip, lump in throat sensation, continuous throat clearing and phlegm.

 

We treat all varieties of catarrh, although many are in fact related to sinus/nose conditions and some to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. One particular form of catarrh that we successfully treat is the irritating continuous clearing of the throat, the feeling of a lump at the back of the tongue, possibly with a tickly, dry cough and other throat symptoms.

 

It is well recorded in medical literature that up to around 20% of the population suffer with this condition, which may also be related to snoring, enlarged tonsils and nose blockage. In particular, we look for a long uvula, which is often the cause of these symptoms.

This long uvula has the classic slightly swollen tip of someone who suffers with chronic catarrh and throat clearing. See how it is sitting on the back of the tongue giving the feeling of something being there? We treat this with Laser Uvulectomy , a 10 minute procedure under local anaesthetic.

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Catarrh Treatment Fees
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Consultation: £200

  • Clinic procedures: £100

We work with all the major insurers.

 

Catarrh Treatments & Laser Uvulectomy

 

The treatment of catarrh is directed to its cause, from nasal allergy to acid regurgitation from the stomach into the throat. One of the main treatments we perform is called laser vapourisation of the uvula (Laser uvulectomy).

This structure is the hanging down object in the back of the throat (see picture on this page), which can cause a lot of the symptoms of catarrh. It is our experience that laser uvulectomy under local anaesthetic can be beneficial in approximately 70% of patients with throat-type catarrh caused by a long uvula. 95% of these procedures are performed under local anaesthetic, which is mostly with the simple application of an anaesthetic spray, followed by a single small injection. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Speech and swallowing are not affected. Recovery is quick, patients can go back to work after half an hour has passed. 

Laser treatment of catarrh

Using the flash-scanned Carbon Dioxide laser.

Anaesthetic:

95% of the procedures are performed under local anaesthetic, which is mostly with the simple application of an anaesthetic spray, followed by a single small injection. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Speech and swallowing are not affected. Recovery on the ward is quick. Patients are usually eating and drinking within 30 minutes of return from the operating theatre. Patients are observed with regular blood pressure and pulse measurement on the ward for up to 1 hour post surgery, until they feel they are able to return home. Driving home is allowed, but not encouraged.

 

Catarrh treatment, lump in throat issues & uvulectomy fees

Ear, Nose and Throat Consultation: £200

Clinic procedures: £100

Laser Uvulectomy

  • Initial consultation, with endoscopy: £250 at HealthHub, more at private hospitals

  • Uvulectomy, performed under local anaesthetic: £1000

We work with all the major insurers.

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Mike Dilkes is a leading ENT surgeon based in London. He specialises in laser surgery for treatment of a range of Ear, Nose & Throat issues including tonsillitis, tonsil stones, snoring, sleep apnoea, cancers, catarrh and allergies. Typical treatments include laser tonsillectomy under local anaesthetic (also called tonsillotomy, tonsil resurfacing, tonsil crytolysis) or general anaesthetic (also called intracapsular laser tonsillectomy, inside-out laser tonsillectomy), palatoplasty, septoplasty, turbinoplasty, uvulectomy and posterior turbinoplasty for post nasal drip. Principal Mike Dilkes has over 20 years of consultancy experience and around 5,000 ENT operations and procedures performed.