Endocrine surgery is surgery performed to remove all or part of an abnormal endocrine gland. Endocrine glands secrete hormones that have an effect on the way the body works away from the vicinity of the gland secreting the hormone. Examples of endocrine glands include the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Expert endocrine and general surgeon Mr James Kirkby-Bott explains:
A small number of clinics in the UK now offer a brand new procedure called laser disc surgery to treat slipped disc, promising a faster recovery and minimal risks. We spoke to Mr Mo Akmal, one of London’s leading orthopaedic spinal surgeons, about how the procedure works and what else it can be used for.
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that can be debilitating to live with. It is characterised by the swelling and the collection of fluid in upper and lower limbs. It can result from previous cancer surgery in which lymph nodes were removed, commonly done when treating breast cancer, for example. Mr Damir Kosutic, a leading plastic surgeon, discusses how he is revolutionising breast cancer surgery in using techniques that treat and prevent lymphoedema.
Ever feel the sensation of having something stuck in your throat but not sure if anything is really there? Expert otolaryngologist Professor Martin Birchall explains the possible causes and whether stress or anxiety can cause swallowing problems.
Mr Santdeep Paun is a leading ENT (otolaryngology) surgeon who specialises in nasal and facial plastic surgery. He is based in a selection of well-known clinics across central London, including his clinics on Harley Street and at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. We spoke to Mr Santdeep Paun about why he chose to become a doctor and to become a specialist in ENT surgery.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are never fun, with patients suffering pain while urinating, frequent trips to the toilet, and abdominal pain. The worst part is that some people seem to get them again and again. What causes recurrent UTIs? Expert urologist Mr Ranjan Thilagarajah provides some answers to this common problem.
Lipid disorders are a range of conditions that result in abnormal elevations of different types of particles that carry fats in the blood. There are two main types of fats carried in the blood and we only need them in small amounts, high levels cause harm the longer they remain elevated. Professor Kausik Ray tells us a little bit more about lipid disorders and where they come from.
Vestibular migraine is a condition in which you may experience repeated episodes of dizziness and vertigo. You may not necessarily experience headaches at the same time of these symptoms, however. Professor Owen Judd, a top ENT surgeon with a special interest in neurotology (disorders of the brain and ear), explains what vestibular migraine is and how it can be treated.
A colonoscopy is a procedure to examine the rectum and colon (large bowel) with a flexible video telescope. One of London’s leading consultant colorectal surgeons Mr Nicholas Reay-Jones guides us through a colonoscopy and what we can expect.