Mr Michael O'Connell

Mr Michael O'Connell

Consultant Ear, Nose, Throat and Nasal Plastic Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS, MPhil FRCS

Specialises in

  • Cosmetic ear and nose surgery
  • Hearing loss
  • Sinus surgery
  • Sleep disorders and snoring
  • Tinnitus

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I am a Consultant ENT and Nasal Plastic Surgeon with over 17 years' experience in Brighton, Sussex and Surrey and I bring an expert, modern and professional approach to my patients.

My aim is to make your consultation comprehensive, straightforward and as easy as possible to resolve your problems and quickly return you to health. I perform a wide range of ear, nose, throat and neck operations and treat all general ENT conditions in adults and children.

I have a special interest in nose disease and nasal reconstruction. My private practice mainly involves cosmetic nose and ear surgery, sinusitis, nasal problems, ear conditions and paediatric ENT care.

I trained at centres of excellence in London in both ear, nose and throat and plastic surgery and then complimented this by winning scholarships to work and learn with leading surgeons in France, Germany and America.

I undertook my research thesis at the University of Sussex and was subsequently awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Otology prize for this work. Since then I have published on a number of topics including rhinoplasty, facial surgery and ear disease.

I maintain a keen interest in surgical innovation and travel internationally to learn new techniques. I am currently at the forefront of balloon sinuplasty in the UK, the latest development in sinus surgery, which has significantly advanced our surgical ability to manage sinusitis.

I also have introduced coblation adenotonsillectomy to the Royal Alexander Children's Hospital, Brighton. This technique has markedly reduced both the post-operative pain and the risk of bleeding following this surgery, thus making this operation much safer.

I undertake the following managerial positions: I am chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, an “Appraiser” for my fellow consultants, and lead clinician for clinical audit in our ENT department.

I am a council member for the “Overseas Development Committee of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. I was also previously on the Editorial Board to “ENT news”.

I also undertake the following: Undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching, examiner to Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Clinical and Educational supervisor to trainee doctors, GP education, Lecturer on EAFPS Rhinoplasty course at St Mary’s Hospital, London and previous examiner to University of London.

In addition I also use my medical skills further afield. I am a member of Impact UK and travel annually to Bangladesh to undertake ENT operations – particularly hearing conservation and restoration surgery. I have been involved in setting up training facilities in Phnom Penh. I am currently active in raising grants for the ENT Department at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi. As part of this project I ran the London Marathon.


General Medical Council Number: C2960245

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Michael O'Connell at Spire include:

Cosmetic surgery

Other treatments

  • All nose conditions: Nasal block, deviated nasal septum, facial congestion, pressure, headache, facial pain, nasal drip/discharge, nasal polyps, loss of smell/taste, nose trauma, fractured nose, nasal lesions, allergic nasal conditions, nose bleeding, snoring.
  • Ear conditions: Hearing loss, balance disturbance/vertigo, tinnitus, ear infections/discharging ear, ear pain, perforated ear drum, blocked ears
  • Throat conditions
  • Paediatric ear, nose and throat conditions: Coblation adenotonsillectomy (reduced pain and bleeding after surgery), nose bleeding, nose trauma, nasal block, snoring/sleep apnoea, allergic nose conditions, sinus disease in children, Otitis Media; glue ear, grommets, ear infections/discharge, speech delay, hearing loss, neck lumps
  • Facial cosmetic surgery: septorhinoplasty, rhinoplasty and pinnaplasty/otoplasty (realigning outer ear)

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Additional information

Ear, nose and throat
Balance disorders
Hearing loss
Paediatric otolaryngology

Special clinical interests: Cosmetic nose and ear surgery: rhinoplasty, pinnaplasty/otoplasty, digital imaging for rhinoplasty. All nose and sinus conditions, balloon sinuplasty. Children's ENT problems, especially glue ear/hearing loss/speech delay, tonsillitis and sleep apnoea, coblation adenotonsillectomy to lessen pain and bleeding after tonsil surgery. Eustachian tuboplasty to effectively treat blocked ears.

BSc(Hons): Neurosciences / London / 1981
University College London

MBBS / Westminster Medical School, University of London / 1984
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MPhil / Cochlea Physiology Centre, University of Sussex / 1993
Research thesis during surgical training

FRCS / Glasgow / 1993
Intercollegiate Examination Board

Professional memberships


Fellow of the Royal College Surgeons

British Society of Rhinoplasty Surgeons

British Facial Plastic Surgery Society

British Medical Association

General Medical Council

Professional leadership

Medical Advisory Committee Chairman
Clinical Governance Lead clinician
Examiner to Brighton and Sussex Medical School and University of London
Council member to the Overseas Development Committee, Association of Surgeons, Great Britain


British Medical Journal Case Reports 2013 - A previously unreported serious adverse event during balloon sinuplasty

British Medical Journal Case Reports 2014 - Spontaneous CSF rhinorrhoea: a rare clinical entity

International Journal of Surgery 2014 - Low priority procedures in ENT

Principal author for “Pinnaplasty” for NHS Choices website

Contributing author to Scott Brown, ENT reference text

Contributor to “Paediatric Care Online” website

Consultant Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgeon, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Brighton.

Senior Lecturer, Brighton and Sussex Medical Schools.

Outside of work, I am a keen family man with three small children, including twins. I enjoy skiing, scuba diving, travel, music, art, and making the most of life.