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Laser Tonsillectomy

In adults, we recommend the intra-capsular flash scanned Carbon Dioxide laser procedure, either under local anaesthetic (laser tonsillotomy) or general anaesthetic (laser tonsillectomy).

Laser tonsillectomy for adults – intracapsular technique

Laser tonsillectomy under general anaesthetic is a same-day procedure where patients are kept in hospital for observation for 6 hours post-op. This technique removes around 95% of the tonsils in one attempt, so the need for a second procedure is much lower. Time off work is kept to a minimum, generally it is 48 hours after surgery. There can be some pain and discomfort which can last around 7 days post-op.

This dramatic pain reduction is due to the tonsil capsule kept intact – meaning that the throat muscle and the blood vessels around the tonsil are not exposed. The flash scanned Carbon Dioxide laser is the best instrument we know to do this, as it is quick and bloodless.

The only downside of this technique is that small remnants of tonsil tissue are sometimes left behind. These may need further surgery, although it is rare that this is required (1:50 cases). All our patients go home on the day of surgery, after 6 hours.

Ideally, surgery is performed on a Friday, so the weekend is spent recovering, and Monday back to normal.

Contact us

Our experts at the ENT Unit have many years of experience performing advanced procedures such as a laser tonsillotomy to ensure you relief from any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. For any questions or to book an appointment we recommending contact our ENT team by calling 020 7078 3841 or emailing us at londonent@hje.org.uk.

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ENT Clinic

The ear, nose and throat unit (ENT) can provide same-day appointments with our specialist ENT Consultants who have a wealth of experience in treating various ENT conditions.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7078 3841.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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