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Last updated: 15 Apr 2020
John Hamilton sees all adult and children’s ENT conditions. Due to his research, surgical outcomes and large experience, he is internationally recognised as an expert ear surgeon.
His special interests remain with cholesteatoma, otosclerosis and other ear disease. He is the most experienced cholesteatoma surgeon in the UK, having performed nearly 2000 cholesteatoma operations, 600 of them in children. John performed research and runs courses that have led to the popularising of lasers for the treatment of cholesteatoma. He developed the surgical technique of laser removal of cholesteatoma from hearing bones in cholesteatoma surgery.
John has performed 500 stapedotomies (operations for otosclerosis). He has researched the variations that surgeons encounter during this operation to fine-tune his stapedotomy technique and outcomes. His research into the long term results of stapes surgery are unparalleled anywhere in the world and enable him to provided realistic advice for patients prior to surgery.
Please see website www.jhamilton-ear.com for more information.
He teaches these techniques to other consultants (see www.functionalcholesteatomasurgery.com) and trains an otology fellow (a qualified consultant planning to perform specialist ear surgery) in complex ear surgery in his NHS practice.
Areas of interest
Cholesteatoma ; stapedotomy ; Hearing bone repair ; ossiculoplasty ; Perforation of the eardrum ; myringoplasty ; tympanoplasty ; Ménière's disease ; Benign Positional Vertigo ; CSF leaks ; Glue ear ; Retracted ear drums ; Narrow ear canals ; Eroded ear canals ; Ear canal exostoses ; Adenoid enlargement ; Tonsillitis ; Tonsillar hypertrophy and sleep apnea in children ; nasal blockage ; Sinusitis ; Nasal polyps ; wax impaction ; ear infections ; otitis externa ; dizziness ; tinnitus
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Sarah Muddle Not Fee Assured
- Dr Alastair McCrirrick Not Fee Assured
- Dr Thomas Perris Not Fee Assured
- Dr Paul Mackenzie Downie Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
Mr Hamilton documents and learns from every operation that he performs
He is best known for his research into the benefits of laser surgery for clearing cholesteatoma and preserving the hearing bones. This work is responsible for the widespread adoption of laser techniques in cholesteatoma surgery.
He has meticulous records of his surgical outcomes and theses have allowed him to constantly improve his treatment for patients throughout his career. He has identified a previously unknown phenomenon of improvement of middle ear ventilation in the second decade, which has saved many children with retracted ear drums from unnecessary surgery.
He has been the first to quantify outcomes such as the spontaneous healing of ear drum perforations and long term deterioration of hearing results after surgery.
John has been performing research on the eustachian tube and middle ear for many years. He still works with the University of Cambridge and St George’s Hospital on these topics.
- FRCS (ORL) Intercollegiate 1996
- FRCS (gen) RCS (Eng) 1991
- FRCS (oto) RCS (Eng) 1993
- MB BChir Cambridge 1985
- Janet Nash Fellowship Unispital Zurich (with Ugo Fisch) 1997
Reference number 3124080
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST, 1997
Affiliations / memberships
- Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital
- 09:00 - 13:00
- 01452 610554
- Winfield Hospital
- 09:00 - 13:00
- 01452 610554
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
01452 610554. During the covid19 epidemic Mr Hamilton can offer telephone and video appointments.
Please use the telephone number above to contact his secretary.