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Very obstructed throat in a loud snorer

Snoring and sleep apnoea are caused by blockage of the airway. Here is a picture of the back of the throat where the tonsils are so big they are virtually meeting in the middle of the throat. The whole thing is made worse by a thick and long uvula (the hanging down thing in the back of the mouth). All in all this patient has loud snoring and sleep apnoea and definitely needs intervention in the form of surgery to open up the back of the throat. This will mean laser tonsillectomy and palatoplasty, all under local anaesthetic.


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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.