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What has NICE said?

Flexible endoscopic treatment of a pharyngeal pouch is safe enough and works well enough for use in the NHS.

This procedure should only be done by health professionals with special expertise in interventional endoscopy and training in this procedure.

What does this mean for me?

Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. All of this should happen before you decide whether you want to have this procedure or not.

Other comments from NICE

NICE said that this procedure may help people who have severe symptoms because of their pharyngeal pouch and when other types of surgery are not possible.

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