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

Cosmetics

Anti-wrinkle treatment by injection

Anti-wrinkle treatment is a popular choice for those who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

The benefits of having anti-wrinkle treatment are likely to differ between individuals, but may include reducing down the visible effects of aging feeling as though you look younger, or closer to your actual age an overall improved appearance greater self-esteem and self-confidence 


What types of anti-wrinkle injections exist?

There are a number of different types of treatment for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Common procedures include muscle relaxants and dermal fillers. 

Muscle Relaxants – Muscle relaxing injections use the botulinum toxin to block the nerve impulses that cause muscle contraction. They are a popular temporary non-surgical anti-wrinkle treatment. Relaxants work by blocking the nerve impulses that cause muscle contraction, leading to smoother looking skin. 

Dermal Fillers – Fillers (such as Juvéderm®) are used to plump out wrinkles and laughter lines in the face. Juvéderm® is made from hyaluronic acid (which naturally occurs in the skin) and is a non-surgical treatment frequently used for smile lines. 

Both types of anti-wrinkle injections take about 15 minutes to complete, but this can vary depending on the number of wrinkles treated. Muscle relaxants generally take effect over a week or two and last three to four months, whilst dermal fillers can last for up to a year. 

For more information or to book an appointment, contact us on 01242 504 899 or enquire online.

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

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

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. 


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. 


Treatment Gynaecological conditions

The Spire Clinic, Cheltenham Spa can provide advice and treatment for a variety of gynaecological issues, including adhesions; endometriosis; incontinence and 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.

Maxillofacial

Anti-wrinkle Treatment by injection 

Anti-wrinkle treatment is a popular choice for those who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

The benefits of having anti-wrinkle treatment are likely to differ between individuals, but may include: 

• reducing down the visible effects of aging
• feeling as though you look younger, or closer to your actual age
• an overall improved appearance
• greater self-esteem and self-confidence 

What types of anti-wrinkle injections exist?

There are a number of different types of treatment for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Common procedures include muscle relaxants and dermal fillers. 

Muscle Relaxants – Muscle relaxing injections use the botulinum toxin to block the nerve impulses that cause muscle contraction. They are a popular temporary non-surgical anti-wrinkle treatment. Relaxants work by blocking the nerve impulses that cause muscle contraction, leading to smoother looking skin. 

Dermal Fillers – Fillers (such as Juvéderm®) are used to plump out wrinkles and laughter lines in the face. Juvéderm® is made from hyaluronic acid (which naturally occurs in the skin) and is a non-surgical treatment frequently used for smile lines. 

Both types of anti-wrinkle injections take about 15 minutes to complete, but this can vary depending on the number of wrinkles treated. Muscle relaxants generally take effect over a week or two and last three to four months, whilst dermal fillers can last for up to a year. 


Dental implants

Dental implants can be used as a treatment to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants replace a missing tooth or teeth with a titanium post which is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the jawbone has grown around the post, a crown will then be fitted to the implant, forming a strong; stable; natural looking and feeling tooth. Due to the greater strength and stability, you should be able to enjoy a wider range of food and no adhesives are required. You may also see an improvement in your speech. 


Oral and maxillofacial treatments

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons require expert knowledge in medicine and dentistry, treating conditions such as cancers of the head and neck, salivary gland diseases, impacted teeth, cysts and tumours of the jaw, mouth ulcers and facial pain. 

To find out which oral and maxillofacial conditions can be treated at The Spire Clinic, contact us on 01242 504 899 or enquire online.

Urology

Cystoscopy

A flexible cystoscopy is an examination of the inside of the bladder (the organ that stores urine in the body). Using a cystoscope, a thin; flexible; tube-like telescope, it is passed through the urethra (the tube that passes urine out of the body) and into the bladder. 

The examination is useful for finding out the cause of your symptoms, or as a check-up for certain bladder conditions. During the procedure, your consultant may take one or more biopsies (samples of the lining of the bladder) for further examination. 


ED treatment 

Linear Shockwave Therapy (LSWT) is a new method of treatment for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. 

LSWT is a new non-invasive therapy that takes advantage of the low-intensity shockwave’s ability to create new blood vessels, therefore improving penile blood flow. This controlled increase in blood flow causes an improved erection. 

The advantages of LSWT are: 

• full organ coverage for improved effectiveness
• shorter treatment protocol – 4 treatment sessions lasting about 20 minutes each
• non-invasive
• pain-free 

For more information, contact us on 01242 504 899 or click here.

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