Tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones, are uneven and irregular in shape, yellow or white in colour, foul-smelling globules of mucus and bacteria that are usually found trapped in the back of the throat.
The tonsil stones or Tonsilloliths form in the tonsil crypts which are small pockets or crevasses that are present in everyone’s tonsils. The scientific name for these stones is Tonsilloliths.
Laser resurfacing of the tonsils decreases the surface area (crypts, crevices, etc.). The procedure is called laser cryptolosis It can be performed using a local anesthetic. A scanned carbon dioxide laser selectively vaporizes and smooths the surface of the tonsils. This technique flattens the edges of the crypts and crevices that collect the debris, preventing trapped material from forming stones.
The London Laser Clinic is based in Central London. Most of the consultations and treatments are carried out at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. This is one of London’s biggest and most prestigious private hospitals, and it is in St Johns Wood, a leafy area of the West End, just north of Harley Street and Regent’s Park. Other consultations and some treatments take place in Harley Street or elsewhere in London depending on the patient’s preference.
The Clinic was set up in 1996, to provide an expert laser surgery service in the area of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery, and Face Plastic Surgery. It was established on a blueprint of similar laser centres in the USA, which were visited by the founding surgeon, Mr Mike Dilkes, in 1995.
The Consultants at The London Laser Clinic have successfully treated many patients with Tonsilloliths, to book a consultation, or simply to discuss your situation with one of LLC’s medical secretaries, please call +44 (0)207 806 4034 or 0845 456 7891. Clinic for removal of tonsil stones