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This is the personal website of Mr Mike Pringle FRCS(ORL),
Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon,
Portsmouth, UK

I am an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon.

I undertake all
General Adult ENT and Paediatric ENT.

I have a special interest in
The Ear , in particular the



The web site is written for the benefit of : My Patients and their General Practitioners.

For any one else with an ear or hearing problem, or one of the other ENT problems I deal with, I hope you find the information useful and interesting but.......

PLEASE do not make any treatment decisions based on the information in this website. You must discuss your individual circumstances with your own doctor.

If you have any comments or any general questions please use the contact form.
Unfortunately I can not give advice about individual problems.
The ear is a complicated structure and understanding some of the diseases which affect the ear and the different ear operations can be confusing. It is difficult to remember everything the doctor tells you in the out patient clinic and to my patients I'm sure you will forget some of the detailed explanations I give you about your condition or operation. This web site will allow you to go over those explanations in your own time. If you are offered an operation it is important to understand what you are having done, why it is being done and the risks of the operation.
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Otoplasty is the name of the operation to correct sticking out ears. It is known by a number of names:
Before otoplasty


Otoplasty result


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The earFold is a new minimally invasive alternative to the standard OTOPLASTY.

It is suitable for some people with prominent ears.

The procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic.

It takes 10-20 minutes per ear and there no bandages after the operation.

The patent can return to work the following day (though there will be some bruising on the ears).


The nose can be blocked because of a problem with the nostrils, a problem in the nasal cavity itself or a problem at the back of the nose or a combination of the above. Blockage can be permanent or intermittent.


A rhinitis describes the symptoms you experience because of an inflamed nose lining. A common example of a rhinitis would be hayfever. A rhinitis can be due to an allergy or an infection but often the cause can not be identified.


The medical term for nose bleeds is EPISTAXIS. Nose bleeds are very common. It is important to know the correct first aid treatment. Most nose bleeds are harmless but occasionaly they could be due to a serious underlying problem.


Adenoids are at the back of the nose in an area called the post nasal space. The tubes which allow air up into the ears (Eustachian tubes) open into the post nasal space. Big adenoids can block the back of the nose and/or the Eustachian tubes.


Tonsillectomy is an operation performed to remove the tonsils. The tonsils are on either side at the back of the throat. They have no known function and are normally trouble free. If they cause problems such as frequent tonsillitis or sleep problems they can be removed


The voice can be weak or husky or hoarse. The symptoms can be intermittent or continuous. The voice box (the larynx) should be examined by an ENT surgeon if a hoarse voice persists for more than three weeks.


A feeling of a lump or an irritation in the throat is a common symptom. It usually goes away by itself after a short time but can sometimes persist. If it persists then the throat should be examined by an ENT surgeon to exclude any throat cancer. Often the examination is normal and the symptoms settle with reassurance and time.


Snoring is very common. In some relationships it causes no problem but in others it can lead to extreme marital disharmony or embarrassment when travelling or staying with friends. Snoring is one end of a spectrum of night time breathing problems. The other end is called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome(OSAS). Snoring is thought to be a significant social problem but not a life threatening condition; whereas OSAS can be life threatening. Nearly everyone with OSAS snores but not every one who snores has OSAS.


Dizziness is a horrible symptom. The sensations are often difficult to describe and there are many possible causes. It is necessary to undertake a thorough history, examination and appropriate investigations to come to a diagnosis.

BPPV - Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

This is a condition of short lived episodes of spinning vertigo brought on by certain movements of the head. It usually responds well to treatment.


Migrainous vertigo (or vestibular migraine) can present in many different ways with dizziness and off balance sensations lasting from a few minutes to weeks.


This is a very distressing condition with episodes of repeated attacks of dizziness which come on suddenly and are associated with hearing loss, tinnitus and a feeling of ear blockage.


This is a very unpleasant episode of prolonged vertigo often associated with nausea and vomiting and comes on fairly quickly but usually settles with time although this can vey from days to weeks to months.


Tinnitus is a noise generated inside the body which a person can hear in one ear, both ears or 'in the head'. Tinnitus can be 'Pulsatile' or 'Continuous', present all the time or intermittent, low pitched, high pitched or a combination of frequencies and it can vary from being a minor irritation to being extremely disruptive. Although the tinnitus can not be 'turned off' with medication or surgery there is a lot that can be done to help.


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The contents of this web site are based on my experience, my opinions and my understanding of the literature.

DISCLAIMER - short version

General principles are described. They may not apply in your circumstances. Please do not make decisions about your own ENT problems based on information in this website - Always discuss your problem with your own doctor.

The content of this website should not in anyway be interpreted or perceived as medical advice given by Mr Pringle. Mr Pringle is only able to provide medical diagnosis and professional advice during consultations with patients.

Mr Pringle aims to provide correct information on this website but cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of all of the information contained in this website or for the consequences of any action taken by any individual on the basis of any information contained in this website. Always discuss your individual circumstances with your own Doctor.

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Unless you are one of my patients I can not enter into communication about your individual problems, though if I can help with any general enquiries I will.

I maintain this website myself in my spare time so please do not expect an immediate reply to any questions, though I will try and answer as soon as I can.


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Not one of my patients?…… PLEASE BE AWARE that there are often a number of different ways of treating a particular condition and your surgeon may suggest different treatments or perform the operations in a different way which may be just as valid as the treatments and operations described above.
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Everyone is different and treatments must always be individualised to the particular patient. What is written here may not apply directly to you. Please do NOT make any treatment decisions based on this website - ALWAYS discuss your individual circumstances with your doctor.