A more or less constant build-up of phlegm / mucus that feels as if it is limited to / dripping down the left side of my throat;
and That I cannot breath as deeply as on my right side;
and The sound in my left ear feels as if muted.
I have always been involved in sports and when I have time run, cycle and swim. On average a week I will spend 5 to 10 hours training or competing in events. I do this for enjoyment, not because I’m particularly good at these sports, but I do push myself and am as a result reasonable fit. This means I am acutely aware of anything that inhibits or limits my ability to draw in oxygen, and it is why I can confidently say that the constant sensation I have is limited to my left side, and that I am able to breath far more easily through my right nostril and fill my right lung to capacity (unlike my left lung), and don’t suffer from excessive phlegm (or anything noticeable) on my right side. Indeed this latter problem is entirely on the left side and is very noticeable when running, cycling or swimming. It is also worse in the mornings and often wakes me during the night because of the affect it has on my breathing.
Since I started to suffer with this problem I have picked up nasal and /or chest infections more or less regularly every three or four months. These have lasted for weeks, and I have only recovered with the aid of anti biotics. Rightly or wrongly I am convinced the infections are caused by the build-up of phlegm dripping down the left side of my throat and into my left lung, and the cause of the problem is physical. Indeed, one of the left side sensations I have, and that I did not list above, is that when swallowing food or liquids this is on the right side of my throat. In addition if I push my nose a little to either side, or forward or back, the flow of air improves through my left nostril improves noticeably (and the left side breathing and sound muting sensation tend to lessen if not disappear).
Although hard now to say with certainty, these problems first arose after a sinus operation in 2011. My sinus’ had become blocked and (forgive the non medical terms) were opened and cleaned. My septum was also straightened. It was after the operation that I first noticed the left side muted hearing sensation, and that breathing through my left nostril was constricted compared to the right. Subsequently I underwent tests but there is nothing wrong with my hearing, and two further sinus operations and further straightening of my septum did not materially help.
The latest operation I have undergone in an attempt to address the problem was earlier this year. My consultant recommended titanium nasal implants (similar to the breath easy strips) designed to prevent nasal collapse when inhaling. One of the symptoms I have had is that whilst I can exhale through both nostrils (albeit the right side is always better) inhaling through the left nostril is frequently inhibited if not blocked.
I am pleased to say the nasal implants have helped considerably. Whilst I do still have the muted sensation in my left ear and I don’t feel my left lung draws as much air as the right – because I do still have the phlegm / mucus issue on the left side of my throat, these symptoms are far less severe than before the nasal implants were fitted. The positive effect of the implants is though perhaps to highlight the remaining problem is some form of ‘blockage’ where the nasal passage joins the throat that limits the flow of air through my left nostril to my lung when inhaling, and/or is the cause of the left side phlegm / mucus. ’
Mr M S - Nuffield Hospital, Brentwood.
I have no qualms about seeing him again or even getting in contact with him for advice or to discuss any concerns regarding my treatment that I might have’
S.F. - Spire Hartswood Hospital, Brentwood
So far I am very happy with the results. Please thank him on behalf for seeing me so quickly and fitting me in for the surgery under such time constraints."
"Having had a history of Sinus polyps requiring surgery I was all too aware of the familiar signs requiring my third visit to an ENT specialist over the last 15 years. My initial consultation with Mr Chatrath at the Nuffield Hospital, Brentwood was both friendly and informative and confirmed I required further surgery to remove multi enlarged polyps. I needn’t have been concerned. On the day of surgery, Nuffield Hospital staff made me feel relaxed and comfortable on arrival and Mr Chatrath and his team soon took over completing their efficient Pre-Op procedures.
Surgery was a success and recovery time was much quicker than on my previous two operations. Aftercare was attentive which enabled me to complete my recovery as a ‘Day Patient’ at the Nuffield.
A big thank you to Mr Chatrath, his team and all the staff at the Nuffield Hospital, Brentwood."
- Luis Rodriguez - Brentwood
"Dear Sue, Thanks for sending me the email attachment. I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank Mr Chatrah for the personal reassurance he provided both before and after the operation. There was a period of apprehension and anxiety prior to surgery but the sensitive nature and patience he showed put me totally at ease and that I was in "good hands". This has since been confirmed 3 months after surgery and I am delighted with the results. Prior to surgery I could not find any testimonial information on Mr Chatrah. I would be more than happy to provide as such to any online portal, or alternatively respect any discretion he might wish to maintain. Once again, many thanks."
Anthony Dhir - Redbridge
"I underwent septorhinoplasty and balloon sinuplasty performed by Dr Chatrath. The surgery went well and required me to stay in the hospital for less than half a day. Following the surgery I felt slightly blocked up, but wasn’t in any pain. I was given medication and although over the next few weeks felt only mild discomfort. I was feeling fit to work from home from day 5 after surgery, and by day 10 the bruising went down significantly and I was able to go outside and resume normal engagements."
Ann Marekwica - Redbridge
"After years of suffering chronic allergic and cold related sinus infections, I was referred to Dr Paul Chatrath. After very thorough examinations including a CT scan, Dr Chatrath advised after the years of infections and allergies I had Enlarged Turbinate’s and small airways not the best combination for anybody with rhinitis and sinus problems. One sinus was completely blocked in fact. Dr Chatrath walked me through ALL the various treatment options and told me about the titanium breathing implant. At first I was apprehensive as this implant goes into your nose and I was concerned about any aesthetic changes to my appearance as well as it being an operation!. Dr Chatrath was very clear and concise when answering my (many) questions and set me at ease, he ensured me that any small changes to my nose would be minimal and the benefits of the implant would out way this. He was right, the implant has been excellent, I noticed an instant change to my breathing I felt I was getting more “air” into my lungs by breathing in through my nose than I had in years, I had always been kind of “stuffy” and nasal sounding. I still get symptoms, but I can clear my sinuses with more ease stopping them getting blocked now. I can feel the implant when I touch my nose but unless I tell people no one has noticed any changes in my nose. The operation was very quick and my recovery time was short, the first 7 days my nose was swollen but my scar healed very quickly and my stitches came out after 10 days. I had some tingling in the tip of my nose for about 3 weeks but other than that no pain to speak of. The aftercare was excellent and DR Chatrath answered any questions and even answered an email I sent over!
To some up I would highly recommend this procedure to people that struggle with allergies, and sinus infections and even snoring as it has helped me in that area too, and DR Chatrath was the man for the job, I can’t thank him enough."
Donna - Brentwood
"After taking your advice with regard to what I thought was Post Nasal Drip I started to take Gaviscon Advanced and within about four to five days of taking this before going to bed the problem cleared up, I stopped taking it after about two weeks and to date everything seems to be fine
Thank you for the advise and also thank you for curing my nose and sinus issues."
Dean Smith - Brentwood
"When I was referred to Mr Chatrath I was extremely anxious about why I had a lump on one of my tonsils and finding it difficult to swallow. Obviously in a situation like this your imagination runs away with you
and I was thinking the worse.
Mr Chatrath immediately put my mind at rest with his professionalism. I had my tonsils removed and my biopsy came back clear. I have an acidity issue which can be managed with Gaviscogne, Gaztro medication and life style management.
Mr Chatrath helped me focus and got me through a traumatic time in my life. I cannot imagine having my surgery with anyone else."
"For years I have suffered from being unable to breathe out of my nose and also suffered a number of allergies. I had previously referred my breathing issues to the NHS and despite an operation to sort out my deviated septum and another to remove polyps I felt this never aided my breathing problems. I decided to go private and selected Dr Chatrath due to his online profile information. From my first appointment he was able to determine the route cause of my breathing issue and arranged an allergy test. Within a few months under his care I had not only completed an allergy test to understand how I could help my symptoms but also had my operation to have a titanium steel implant fitted to help my breathing. It has been a few months since having my operation and whilst I've been advised it can take 6 months to notice the full benefit, straightaway I have been able to breath clearly through my nose and my recovery has been quite quick. I am pleased that I chose Dr Chatrath as my consultant and extremely happy with the results he has achieved."
Faye - Redbridge
"I know I am going to see Mr Chatrath for my 2 month post op appointment in a few weeks, but I was wondering if you could forward this email thanking him to him please? (I get a bit emotional whenever I see him)
I had my first singing lesson, since surgery, in front of my peers at my performing arts college today. My teachers and fellow students were amazed at the change in my singing voice (as a result of surgery) the clarity of sound and different types of sound i can now create is more than i ever could have wished for. I am so elated with the results, this has been a truly fantastic day for me, i have never been happier in myself and in my
life, and that is down to Mr Chatrath. I just wanted him to know I will be eternally thankful."
Hannah Lancaster - Brentwood
"I went to see Mr Chatrath because I had a problem breathing through my nose. My GP gave me some antibiotics and nose spray on several occasions but it never sorted things out. I was also unhappy with the shape of my nose, in particular the bridge and slant it had. My voice had also become affected, which was difficult for me as I am a singer. Whilst training I assumed the constant nasal quality I had to my sound, was due to singing incorrectly. However after speaking to Mr Chatrath it became clear that my difficulty developing as a singer was perhaps due to my nose, not my technique.
Mr Chatrath listened carefully to what I had to say and really seemed to understand my problems. He recommended that I had surgery to straighten the nasal septum, strengthen the nasal valves and reshape the nose, all in the same sitting.
The operation took place under a general anaesthetic and proceeded uneventfully. Of course it took a couple of weeks or so to recover fully from the operation. After that, what a relief! I could breathe much better through the nose, which was a novelty for me. My sleep had improved, and one of the most surprising and significant benefits was that my singing voice has also become so much clearer, the purity of sound and resonance is more than I ever thought possible.This was something that I was not expecting but was a very welcome and pleasant effect of the surgery. Not to mention the shape of the nose which is undoubtedly so much more pleasing than beforehand. I feel more confident in myself and no longer am worried when photographs are being taken."
"I underwent a rhinoplasty procedure to correct a deviated septum. This was carried out by MR Chatrath. The service I received both in the initial consultation and the surgery itself was impeccable. Mr Chatrath was extremely efficient at explaining exactly what was going to happen at all times and really put my mind at ease. Upon completion of the surgery I was amazed at how I had no pain or bruising, if I had not known better I would have said I did not have an operation- I feel is a testament to Mr Chatraths expertise. Furthermore I cannot express enough how much of a difference it has made to my daily life, the improvement in my breathing and swallowing is like night and day. I can now dine out with family and friends without fear of having problems swallowing and my quality of sleep and ability to exercise has increased tenfold thanks to improved breathing.
All in all a great success and can not fault a single element of the whole process, Mr Chatrath is polite, professional, diligent and extremely knowledgable, I could not be happier and would recommend him to anyone in future."
Joe - Brentwood
Just a note to say thank you very much for your advice and the medication you recommended, it has these last three months transformed my life, no longer am I walking round, with what seems, a permanent cold, runny nose, sneezing, but I can now breath freely and have a sence of smell something that has been few and far between in the past.
I have to say the method of administrating the nose drops has proved to be very successful and the benifits are great.
I am not saying this is, as you told me at the time it may not be, the cure, but it works for me now, and if in the future I do need an operation, rest assured I will be seeking you out.
Many thanks once again
Mrs C S - Devon
Having suffered for the last three years with nasal polyps and at times having no sense of taste or smell, we arranged for an appointment with Mr Chatrath. From the start the level of care was exceptional and I finally felt that someone was taking my condition seriously. I had a Polypectomy and a Balloon Sinuplasty at the beginning of April, the treatment I received from everyone at the hospital was first class and the aftercare I received was second to none. I can't thank Mr Chatrath enough for the level of treatment and the success of my operation and he has given me back the quality of life I haven't had for the last three years, He is an outstanding Consultant and Surgeon.
Diane Pooley - Grays, Essex.
Thank you for the above Letter of Consultation which I have received. Please pass my deepest regards and appreciation to Mr. Chatrath for the whole process and procedure done to me. I really feel great and healthy due to his expert and professional approach. I will certainly recommend all my friends with the same problem to come and see him.
Prosper Bachi - Brentwood
Mr Chatrath is a very nice gentleman and extremely professional and courteous. I'd been suffering for some years with almost constant sinus pain and related illness. After conducting the various tests and discussions on findings it was decided that the best course of action was a septoplasty to fix my deviated septum and balloon sinuplasty because of narrow frontal pathways. The surgery went well and everyone involved were great . I was quite anxious on the day but the whole team really helped to keep me as calm as possible and answer any questions . I'm writing this 4 weeks post op, I've just had my follow up and he's happy with how it's all healing. I can breathe much easier and through both sides of my nose for first time in years. I've adhered to my post op instructions but can honestly say the hardest part is the first week after the op. It was nice that his secretary, Sue, was and is always on hand to help plus I was able to contact the spire ward if needs be. If your looking for a specialist in this field then I'd have no hesitation in recommending Mr Chatrath.
Mr I.W. - Brentwood
“When I first visited Mr Chatrath I was suffering from a double deviation of the septum that had worsened over time. In addition I was experiencing complications with my sinus which was causing pressure build up and even affecting my vision. From the first consultation I found Mr Chatrath to be very professional, practical and keen to understand the issues from my perspective. He laid out a clear and simple treatment plan, explaining the key issues simply and concisely. From there we agreed on a surgical solution. My experience of the surgery and subsequent recovery period was a good one, I had minimal post surgery discomfort and experienced improvements very quickly. I know have a significant reduction in all symptoms, my airways are much clearer, my sinus clear and the pressure on my eye cleared. I have been very impressed with Mr Chatrath’s care and only wish I had undertaken treatment sooner!”
Mr MW, Brentwood