The Spire Clinic has a minor surgery suite for selected procedures in a variety of disciplines. Read the full list of procedures below.





Cosmetics

FACIAL TREATMENTS

A range of facial treatments are available, including but not limited to:

• Non surgical treatments (botox and fillers)
• Facelift
• Browlift
• Blepharoplasty (correction of baggy eyelids)
• Lip enhancement

BREAST TREATMENTS

A range of breast treatments are available, including but not limited to:

• Breast Enhancement with implants
• Breast Enhancement with your own fat
• Breast Reduction
• Breast Lift
• Gynaecomastia (male breast reduction)
• Breast Reconstruction

BODY TREATMENTS

A range of body treatments are available, including but not limited to:

• Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)
• Liposuction
• Upper Arm Reduction
• Thigh Reduction
• Lower Body Lift
• Labial Reshaping

Dermatology

Cyst, wart and skin tag removal

Collectively known as lesions, most are removed using a scalpel under local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake, but the area will be completely numb. Other techniques include applying chemical treatments, freezing the skin or simply cutting the lesion off with surgical scissors.

Removing a skin lesion is usually a quick and straight forward procedure.

Mole examination

Dr Porter now offers our mole check service for only £100 per person. Please contact us for more information.

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.

Mole removal

You may wish to have treatment on a mole that has shown changes in shape or colour, or is unsightly, painful or restricting your movement. Mole removal is usually a quick and straight forward procedure, with it normally carried out under a local anaesthetic, meaning the affected skin area will be completely numb but you stay awake; however in some cases the anaesthetic isn’t required. This decision is dependent on the type of treatment you are having and the size, location and number of moles that need removing.

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

Lipomas are harmless, soft, fatty lumps that grow underneath the skin.

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

Various procedures for dermatological conditions can be carried out in the minor surgery suite at The Spire Clinic.

For further details, contact us on 01242 504 899 or enquire online.

Gynaecology

Hysteroscopy Service

At The Spire Clinic, Cheltenham Spa, our consultant gynaecologists perform hysteroscopy in our treatment room and offer our patients high levels of care.

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.

Endometrial biopsy

If you suffer from irregular, abnormal or painful periods, The Spire Clinic can help identify the problem by performing an endometrial biopsy.

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

The Spire Clinic, Cheltenham Spa can provide advice and treatment for a variety of gynaecological issues, including adhesions; endometriosis; fibroids; polycystic ovaries and many more.

To find out whether The Spire Clinic can help you, contact us on 01242 504 899 or enquire online.

Orthopaedics

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.

Cardiology

Zio Patch

Now approved by Bupa for patients with private medical insurance, the Zio patch integrates a discreet patch that continuously monitors and records up to 20,000 minutes worth of patient heartbeats over 14 days, with delivery of a concise, high quality report. Data is analyzed against our cardiac rhythm database of over 125 million hours of heart beats of continuous ECG recordings, the largest database of its kind in the world. The ZIO Service is clinically proven.

Other treatments

We also provide patients with rapid-access consultations and ECGs.