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Removal of pharyngeal pouch

Minimally invasive surgery to remove a pouch that can form at the top of your food pipe

About

A pharyngeal pouch is a bulging pocket that forms in your neck near the top of the food pipe. Symptoms include the feeling of a lump in the throat and a gagging reflex. Your consultant can remove this pouch using a minimally invasive procedure.

Need to know

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    After you've been put to sleep with a general anaesthetic your surgeon will insert a tube into your food pipe through your mouth, and use a tiny camera to locate the pouch. It is then cut away using a special stapling device.
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    Your surgeon will tell you how you should prepare. As you'll be given a general anaesthetic you shouldn't eat or drink for at least 24 hours prior to your procedure.
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    You'll be unable to eat or drink by mouth following surgery and will be fed by a tube through your nose. Your surgeon will advise you when you will be able to eat and drink. Take your time eating once you do start and you will probably begin with a diet of soft foods, or liquids. You should be able to go home the day of the procedure, but an overnight stay may be required for observation. You'll be advised to rest, take time off work and avoid strenuous activities for about a week.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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