Tag Archives: surgery

Can You Remove Too Much Turbinate?

Nasal Breathing Clarity

Some patients who undergo aggressive nasal surgery have the persisting complaint of nasal blockage.  I see these people in consultation every week.  It will feel like they are still stuffy or blocked up.  However when the sniffing in, there is actually a hollow sound heard, and is quite clear that the patient is actually moving […]

Salivary Tumors – that lump by your jaw!

Nodules or masses of the salivary glands are some of the more common “lumps and bumps” we see.  The major salivary glands include the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands and may produce abnormal salivary tumors.  These glands are responsible for creating saliva to keep the mouth lubricated and help keep the teeth healthy.  The glands […]

When is Sleep Apnea Surgery Right for Me?

Overall, surgery for sleep apnea is usually reserved for either people who have failed a trial of a positive airway pressure device (CPAP or BiPAP or APAP) or who have just a single anatomic factor causing their blockage.  In most large studies and scientific reviews, we find surgery for sleep apnea is successful at reducing […]

Nasal Surgery & Headaches I

Contact Point Headache / “Sinus Headache” More times than not we get asked whether to cure the problem of various headaches or “sinus headache” problems with nasal surgery.  Many times the answer is no – unfortunately a lot of “sinus headaches” do not involve the sinuses and all – they are caused by some other […]

Sinus Infections: Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right For Me?

Chronic sinusitis affects tens of millions of patients annually (including my own household). Over the years we have continued to refine treatment options, both medical and surgical. The latest incarnation of surgical treatment is the use of small balloon catheters (taken from the cardiac angioplasty world) to more gently stretch the sinus openings, usually done […]

Propel Sinus Stent for Sinusitis

The sinus stent represents the cutting edge of sinus infection technology.  This new device, from a cocktail napkin idea in 2005 to an FDA approval in 2011, dramatically improves healing after sinus surgery.  Watch the attached video to see how the stent is placed within the sinus cavities, and then releases a potent nasal steroid […]

Sleep Apnea and the Hazards of Driving

The NTSB recently finished up their review of a fatal train derailment in New York.  What they found is that the driver actually fell asleep behind the wheel while driving the train.  He reached speeds of 82mph in a 30mph section of track.  As a result the trail derailed and four passengers lost their lives. […]

Sinus Infection Feature on Atlanta’s Fox 5

We worked on a piece with Fox 5’s Health team to discuss the new Propel sinus implant that we use to help sinus surgery patients with healing and recovery.  This originally aired Thursday July 18. Link & Video Here: My Fox Atlanta (Also I’m so proud of my patient Jess for doing such a fantastic […]

Oral Appliance Gaining Acceptance for Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are some of the most prevalent medical conditions we face.  The causes are multiple: age, weight, upper airway anatomy, and neurological predispositions.  Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP devices) remain the gold-standard in therapy, although compliance is still low. Adjustable oral appliances are making a strong foothold in treatment.  These custom […]

Sinus Spinal Fluid Leaks

Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea is the medical term for spinal fluid dripping from your brain cavity though your sinuses and out of your nose. It is a very rare condition, usually seen only after head trauma or as a complication of sinus surgery. More rarely, it can be seen occurring spontaneously in the condition of benign […]