The throat has many functions. It helps with the initial stages of digestion and with our ability to form speech.
The mouth or oral cavity is the ante-chamber of the throat. It contains the visible part of the tongue, the teeth, gums and the hard palate.
The throat is divided into several sections:
• The Oropharynx – containing the base of the tongue, the soft palate including the uvula and the tonsils.
• The Larynx – containing the epiglottis, vocal cords including other structures necessary to generate voice and protect the airway / lungs.
• The Hypopharynx – the lower part of the throat which leads into the gullet (oesophagus).
Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms experienced by children and adults. Tonsillitis, is a common cause of sore throat and ENT surgeons can offer surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy) in patients that suffer repeated and/or serious infections.
Voice issues are also managed effectively by our ENT surgeons who can undertake a procedure to visualise the voice box in the out-patient clinic. This procedure (flexible laryngoscopy) is done by passing a fine telescope through the nose in order to visualise the voice box as it sits in the larynx. ENT surgeons at our Practice can offer LASER surgery and where indicated, they work closely with skilled speech therapists to enable the restoration of good quality voice.
Here is a list of common problems affecting structures within the throat:
• Voice problems
• Cough and throat clearing problems
• Acid reflux
• Sore throat
• Throat cancer
• Tonsil stones
• Swallowing problems
Don’t suffer with throat related issues, see one of our ENT Consultants here at 150 Harley Street today for an expert opinion.