The Spire Clinic has a minor surgery suite for selected procedures in a variety of disciplines. Read the full list of procedures below.
• Non surgical treatments (botox and fillers)
• Blepharoplasty (correction of baggy eyelids)
• Lip enhancement
• Breast Enhancement with implants
• Breast Enhancement with your own fat
• Breast Reduction
• Breast Lift
• Gynaecomastia (male breast reduction)
• Breast Reconstruction
• Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)
• Upper Arm Reduction
• Thigh Reduction
• Lower Body Lift
• Labial Reshaping
Cyst, wart and skin tag removal
Removing a skin lesion is usually a quick and straight forward procedure.
You may have a mole that has shown changes in shape or colour, or is unsightly, painful or restricting your movement which is causing you concern. The Spire Clinic can provide examinations using a dermatoscope to determine the nature of the mole quickly and accurately. If removal is required, this can be arranged and carried out at The Spire Clinic.
The exact technique used for removing the mole depends on factors such as what condition it is, its size and location.
Most moles are removed with a scalpel and the wound closed with stitches. Some moles may be shaved down to the level of the surrounding skin. Alternatively some may be frozen off with cold liquid nitrogen gas.
The operation will usually leave a scar. How big and noticeable this will be depends on the exact operation. It's quite normal for a scab to develop and this will generally heal within a week or two. Any inflammation will usually disappear within a few weeks. Most scars fade significantly over the first year.
Removal of lipomas
If the lipoma is unsightly, causing discomfort or affecting your self-esteem, The Spire Clinic provides treatment to remove the lipoma.
Treatment of skin conditions
For further details, contact us on 01242 504 899 or enquire online.
What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is an examination of the inside of your womb (uterus) using a narrow, tube-like telescope called a hysteroscope. This instrument is very slim (about 3 to 5mm in diameter). It’s carefully passed through the vagina and cervix, and into the womb.
A hysteroscopy is useful for finding out what is causing symptoms, or as a check-up for certain gynaecological conditions, and can also be used to deliver treatment.
During the hysteroscopy procedure your doctor may take a biopsy (a small sample of tissue) for examination in a laboratory. It’s also possible to remove polyps (small lumps of tissue that may be found on the womb lining).
Hysteroscopy is routinely done as an out-patient or day-case procedure, with no overnight stay.
Hysteroscopy procedures can be performed with or without local anaesthesia, especially if no treatment is planned (a diagnostic hysteroscopy). In some cases, it’s done under general anaesthesia (an operative hysteroscopy). This means you will be asleep during the procedure.
Your doctor will explain the benefits and risks of having a hysteroscopy, and will also discuss the alternatives to the procedure.
About the procedure
Your doctor may use a speculum to gently open the cervix (like having a smear test). The vagina and cervix are cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Your doctor will then pass the hysteroscope through the cervix and into the womb. Gas or fluid is usually pumped into the womb to make it expand and the womb lining easier to see.
A camera lens at the end of the hysteroscope sends pictures from the inside of the womb to a video screen. Your doctor will look at these images and may take a biopsy for examination. Afterwards, the hysteroscope is gently removed. The test usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes.
Following the procedure, you may have slight period-like cramps, as well as “referred pain” in the tip of your shoulders – caused by the gas or fluid used to inflate the womb. This usually disappears within 48 hours. You may also have some vaginal bleeding for a few days
Hysteroscopy is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure. For most women, the benefits in terms of having a clear diagnosis, or quick and effective treatment, are much greater than any disadvantages. However, all medical procedures carry an element of risk.
Specific complications of hysteroscopy are uncommon but it’s possible to develop pelvic infection afterwards, requiring treatment with antibiotics. Very rarely, the womb can be perforated or damaged during the hysteroscopy. This can lead to bleeding and infection, and may require further surgery or, in very rare cases, a hysterectomy.
The chance of complications depends on the exact type of procedure you are having and other factors such as your general health. Ask your doctor to explain how any risks apply to you.
This is when a sample of tissue is taken from the lining of the womb and is then investigated under a microscope. When the consultant receives the results, they will be discussed with you, along with any treatment or further investigations should they be required.
Treatment of gynaecological conditions
To find out whether The Spire Clinic can help you, contact us on 01242 504 899 or enquire online.
Problems that affect your joints and bones and the associated muscles, tendons and ligaments are treated by orthopaedic surgeons.
Procedures such as hip and knee replacements and treatments for arthritis and sports injuries are all carried out by our specialist team of consultant surgeons. They work together with our radiologists and physiotherapists so all diagnostic tests and aftercare take place at South Bank Hospital.
Our services are available to all, whether you are privately insured or you are paying for your own treatment. If the latter, we can offer a private treatment for a fixed price agreed in advance.
To book a no-obligation consultation with one of our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons please call 01242 216 850 or complete our general enquiries form.