Mr Roland Hettige
Written by a NHS patient
2nd September 2021
I first met Mr Hettige in September last year at Wexham Park Hospital. I had had a sinus operation cancelled on the day of admission because the operating doctor felt Mr Hettige could do a better job for me. I met with Mr Hettige a couple of weeks later. I have suffered with nasal polyps for about 45 years and had so many surgeries that I've lost count, well into double figures, I've had temporary relief but they've always come back and as i'd been on the waiting list for well over a year I was very blocked up and frustrated by it all. Mr Hettige explained that I had polyps blocking both sides of my nose and also in the sinus cavity above my left eye, the cavity above my right eye appeared under developed, I also had very thin bone under this eye. He said I had something called vascular polyps which can bleed heavily, I'd never heard of these before but it could explain why some of my previous ops had been like a blood bath!
My operation went ahead in November last year, I was in and out on the day. Mr Hettige successfully removed all my polyps, including those above my eye, these he said had been there at least 10 years, I had had at least two surgeries during that time but my previous surgeon had not cleared everything. The operation went well.
I have recently had my follow up appointment with Mr Hettige and all is well! There is no sign at all of regrowth of the polyps, I have had a sense of smell return and I am so much more comfortable whilst sleeping at night.
On Mr Hettiges advice I rinse twice daily with NeilMed sinus rinse and use a steroid nasal spray once a day, on inspection I was advised my sinus's look normal, something after 45 years I thought I'd never hear!
So I would thoroughly recommend Mr Hettige as an extremely competent and confident sinus surgeon, very pleasant to his patients and filled me with confidence. I'll be forever grateful to the surgeon who decided to refer me to him rather than perform a lesser operation himself.