Mr Uddin is an Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, with private practices at Spire Leicester and Nuffield Health Leicester Hospitals. He sees both adult and paediatric patients with all aspects of ENT disease, and holds specialist clinics for children’s disorders, neck lumps and sinus disease.
Advanced sinus surgery
Mr Uddin is particularly known for his specialist practice in advanced sinus surgery and uses state of art equipment for diagnosis and treatment. This includes the use of 3D navigation systems to aid minimally invasive surgeries that are performed ‘endoscopically’ through the nasal cavity.
Typically, this type of operation is particularly beneficial to those who have experienced ongoing discomfort from blocked sinuses, and who have not received relief from tablets or sprays. During the procedure, any blockages and inflamed tissue or polyps (see opposite) are removed from inside the nose – offering significant relief and providing better future sinus drainage to the patient.
The benefits of the advanced technologies and techniques used by Mr Uddin are that patients do not require any visible incisions to their face, no packing remains in the nose, and they are often able to go home the same day.
Mr Uddin’s interest in sinus disease also extends to his clinical research activities, and he is actively involved in lecturing and teaching medical students, general practitioners and trainee surgeons on nationally and internationally held courses.
WHAT ARE NASAL POLYPS?
Nasal polyps are soft fleshy swellings that grow inside your nose. Typically, they hang down inside the nose and can look like a grape or a bunch of grapes. They are relatively common affecting 4 in a 100 people in their lifetime. You may not always know if you have nasal polyps because they can be difficult to see without specialized equipment.
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN THEY CAUSE?
Symptoms can include a blocked stuffy nose, a runny nose, mucous that drips from the back of your nose down your throat, a reduced sense of smell or taste, a feeling of fullness or pressure in the face and snoring. If polyps block your sinuses, they can lead to infected fluid in your sinuses (sinusitis). If this happens, you may develop a thick nasal discharge and facial pain.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR NASAL POLYPS?
The main treatments are either steroid nose drops or sprays. Sometimes a course of steroid tablets (prednisolone) is prescribed for a week or so. If steroid nose drops or tablets have not worked then keyhole surgery under a general anaesthetic using high definition telescopes inserted up your nostrils can be performed to clear the polyps. Advances in technology allow the polyps to be removed without the need for non-dissolvable nasal packing that has now become a thing of the past.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH TREATMENT IS BEST FOR ME?
All the above treatments are used at various stages of nasal polyps. You should see an expert who can offer all the different treatments and advise you on customised treatment in your particular case. If medication has not worked, it is important to get a CT scan of your sinuses, which will show exactly where the polyps are and what sinuses are affected and will guide surgery should this be required.
Excellent patient care
In 2014, Mr Uddin performed life-saving surgery on a baby girl whilst she was still in her mother’s womb. The surgery, which was the first of its kind to be performed in Leicester, involved inserting a breathing tube into the unborn baby’s throat due to fears she would be unable to breathe properly when born.
The alarm was raised during a 20 week routine scan when a swelling was observed on the baby’s neck that could potentially obstruct her airway. Mr Uddin prepared a surgical plan to intervene and alleviate the swelling whilst she was still attached to the oxygen supply from her umbilical cord. To the delight of her parents, the baby girl went on to make a full recovery and breathe normally.
Alongside his advanced specialist services, Mr Uddin helps adults and children experiencing a wide variety of common conditions affecting the ears, nose and throat. These range from removal of tonsils and adenoids to helping with hearing loss, allergies, snoring and diagnosis and management of neck lumps. He also treats thyroid disease and voice disorders.