Mr Mohiemen Anwar, ENT Specialist
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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road, London, GB, SW10 9NH
Teddington Memorial Hospital
Hampton Road,, Teddington, GB, TW11 0JL
Chelsea And Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
369 Fulham Road, London, Greater London, GB, SW10 9NH
West Middlesex University Hospital
Twickenham Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex, GB, TW7 6AF
About Mr Mohiemen Anwar
GMC number: 6027494
Year qualified: 2001
Place of primary qualification: Jordan University of Science & Technology
Mr Mohiemen Anwar is a consultant ENT surgeon at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. His NHS work is mainly based at West Middlesex University Hospital and to a lesser extent Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. His NHS practice includes both adult and paediatric ENT services. Although his main subspeciality interests are rhinology, allergy, nasal surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery, he keeps a broad interest in all aspects of ENT surgery, encompassing hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, voice disorders, throat discomfort, snoring, sleep disorders, neck lumps and thyroid disorders. Since his appointment into his current NHS post, he has pushed to develop the ENT practice at the Trust by introducing new technologies in the fields of sinoplasty and endoscopic ear surgery. He is also working on developing a bone-anchored hearing aid service at the Trust and a joint voice clinic. He acquired substantial experience in both open and endoscopic anterior skull base surgery during the last year of his training/fellowship working at the skull-base and advance sinus surgery firm at the Royal London Hospital.
Mr Anwar gained his National Training Number in North Thames deanery in 2007. He was trained at high calibre centres like Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, The Royal Marsden Hospital, The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear, Charing Cross Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and The Royal London Hospital. He was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2016. Between the years 2008 and 2011, he had taken time off his training to concentrate on his research in the field of Molecular Oncology and Immunotherapy at Bart's Cancer Institute. In 2014, his novel work in combining oncolytic virotherapy and immunotherapy in the treatment of solid tumours was honoured by Queen Mary’s University of London with a Doctorate of Philosophy degree (PhD) in the field of molecular oncology and gene therapy. He has an on-going interest in this field of research and is currently involved in a few clinical trials.
Mr Anwar has published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented in international, national and local academic meetings. At Teddington Memorial Hospital, he runs a weekly outreach ENT clinic, focusing on delivering a local and accessible ENT services to the local population, including hearing assessment and hearing aid dispensing. At the same hospital, he runs a monthly joint GP clinic, whereby two local GPs with specialist interest in ENT would present him with patients they have reviewed previously in their corresponding clinics and deemed necessary for a specialist opinion, without the need for referral to secondary care centres.
Mr Anwar has a special interest in training and teaching. He is the main organiser of Bart's ENT training courses. Since 2007, he has organised 11 FESS and Rhinoplasty courses, 11 Head and Neck dissection courses and two temporal bone dissection courses. He has helped set up Bart's ‘Introduction to ENT’ course, aimed at junior trainees interested in a career in ENT.
What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?
Commonly, my patients present with symptoms of nasal obstruction, other congestion and lost sense of smell. They might have already been to their GP with nasal obstruction and congestion, nasal discharge, allergy-related symptoms. All these come under the umbrella of chronic rhinosinusitis. It could be allergies. It could be chronic infection.
My main area of interest is the nose, but I also have a paediatric service. 50% of my NHS practice I spend on looking after the children with ENT disorders.
There are also children that will present with hearing loss and, what we call, glue ear, which is common in children between the age of 3 and 11. I've got a practice that allows me to look after these patients and to offer them treatment modalities from reassurance to the surgical option.
The other adult practice is patients present with hearing loss, with ear infections.
Could you please tell us about the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?
In ENT, the uniqueness of our specialty is that, although we are a surgical specialty, 70% of our patients won't need to go into an operation. We will offer the patients maximum medical treatment.
For example, if the patient is presenting to us with a history of nasal congestion and nasal obstruction and we have enough symptoms and signs to diagnose them with chronic rhinosinusitis, then the first line of treatment will include topical nasal steroids, but also saline irrigation of the nasal cavity.
If it is related to allergies, then we can offer them antihistamines and antihistamine sprays.
In severe cases, we need to prescribe a systemic or tablet steroids to them to control their symptoms, especially in cases where patients have lost their sense of smell. These are for the nasal patients.
We've got the surgical option as well. My main interest is endoscopic sinus surgery. That's my main surgical interest. I've been trained by the best endoscopic sinus surgeons in London. I've attended a lot of conferences and courses. I run my own endoscopic sinus surgery course at Queen Mary University of London. I have run it now for the past 12 years successfully.
Can you tell us a bit more about your areas of subspecialist interest?
My main area of interest is the nose and its disorders and endoscopic sinus surgery. Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive surgery. We offer our patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with or without nasal polyps.
It's an operation that's done as day surgery, so the patient will be able to go home the same day. It offers to remove the nasal polyps and also to clear the sinuses that have been infected or filled with mucus. It usually takes less than an hour to do.
We can complement the surgery by performing balloon sinuplasty where we insert a balloon catheter into the sinus' opening and we dilate the opening to allow for the secretions to be drained. Also, at a later stage, to allow any treatment in the shape of nasal spray to get into the right destination. That's my main area of interest.
We offer surgery to correct any deformities of the nose in the shape of either the septum of the nose, the partition of the nose that might be deviated to one side. We offer them an operation for this, either done by a small incision through the inside of the nose or we can offer endoscopically as well using a telescope where there would be no visible incisions made from the outside of the nose.
I also offer patients a reshaping surgery in the shape of rhinoplasty where we can correct any visible deformities of the outside of the nose, but also to improve nasal breathing.
With regard to paediatric patients, we offer them operations for removal of the adenoid or the tonsils if they have symptoms of severe sleeping disturbances or snoring at night or if they get recurrent throat infections.
We also offer them surgery to the ear in the shape of putting ventilation tubes, i.e. the grommets, to reventilate their middle ears if they have glue ears. Obviously, we do offer them treatment prior to that, very simple measures, like using a balloon inflated by the nostrils between two brackets. We offer them nasal sprays and regular hearing to monitor their progress.
I see patients with perforated eardrums. We can offer them operations to patch the perforated eardrum. That's called myringoplasty.
Areas of expertise
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
- Functional Rhinoplasty
- Rhinitis and olfactory disorders
- Paediatric ENT disorders
- Benign head and neck disorders
- Nasal allergy
- Chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps
- Nasal trauma and re-shaping surgery for the nose
- Nasal obstruction and congestion
- Disorders of smell and taste
- Sleep disorders and snoring in adults and children
- Recurrent tonsillitis in adults and children
- Ear infections of the middle and outer ear
- Hearing loss
- Throat discomfort and laryngo-pharyngeal reflux
- Salivary gland disorders
- Thyroid lumps and goitre
- Hoarseness and voice disorders
- Benign lesions of the head and neck.
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