Find out how to finally alleviate your chronic sinusitis symptoms.
When we think of a sinus infection we often think of them as a minor nuisance that goes away on its own. But what if your symptoms don’t seem to go away? If you’ve had symptoms of sinusitis for 12 weeks or more then you could be dealing with a chronic infection. Chronic sinusitis will warrant a trip to our Fredericksburg, VA, otolaryngologists just to confirm that this is what’s causing your congested, stuffy or blocked nose.
The first line of defense against chronic sinusitis is to treat it with medications or simple at-home remedies like nasal washes and saline solutions. Of course, if these at-home measures aren’t providing you with relief then our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor may recommend balloon sinuplasty.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
This minimally invasive procedure is a great alternative to traditional sinus surgery. During this procedure, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor will guide an endoscope, a thin flexible tube, through the blocked nasal cavity. At the end of this endoscope is a deflated balloon.
Once the endoscope is fully within the blocked passageway, we will slowly fill the balloon with air. As you might imagine, the balloon will continue to expand until it slowly opens up the blockage, allowing the sinuses to properly drain. Once the procedure is complete, the endoscope is removed but the nasal passages will remain open. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
The biggest benefit is that this procedure finally drains the sinuses and removes the blockage, making it easier to breathe again. It should also reduce or eliminate any facial pressure or pain you’ve been experiencing because of chronic sinusitis. This procedure is ideal for someone who hasn’t responded to medications or other treatment options.
Another benefit of balloon sinuplasty is that it’s a lot less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. Traditional surgery often requires incisions and/or the removal of tissue and (sometimes) bone. This also means that the patient will have a longer recovery period. Luckily this all changes with balloon sinuplasty.
First of all, there are absolutely no incisions or tissue and bone removal, which means that your recovery period will be significantly shorter. Most patients return to work just two days after their procedure. Secondly, side effects such as post-procedural bleeding or swelling are quite minimal compared to traditional surgery.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Centers is dedicated to providing comprehensive ENT care in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA. If you are dealing with chronic nasal congestion or a nasal blockage then it’s time to find out how we can help you get the relief you deserve.
Having trouble hearing those around you? A hearing aid could help.
While it might seem obvious enough to know when you require a hearing aid, you might be surprised to learn that hearing loss is often subtle enough and gradual that sometimes people don’t realize they are dealing with hearing loss until much later in life. Our team of ENT Physicians and Audiologists in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, is here to share classic signs that it might be time to have your hearing evaluated, as well as who might benefit from wearing a hearing aid.
How much does your hearing affect your daily routine?
You might not be aware of this on a day-to-day basis but asking yourself these questions may help you figure out whether you are dealing with some degree of hearing loss and whether you should schedule a hearing test in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA:
Q. Do you find that people often mumble around you?
Q. Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves often?
Q. Is it difficult to understand people on TV or on the radio unless you turn up the volume?
Q. Is it difficult to understand what people are saying in noisy environments such as restaurants?
Q. Do you feel like your hearing affects your personal or social life?
Q. Do you find yourself avoiding social gatherings or withdrawing from conversations?
If you said “yes” or even “sometimes” to the majority of these questions then it’s time to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. The sooner you receive a proper diagnosis the sooner we can help you to begin understanding those around you more clearly. Of course, since it takes time for your ears to adjust to a hearing aid, the sooner you begin wearing a hearing aid after experiencing hearing loss the sooner your ears will adapt.
Will a hearing aid restore my hearing?
This is a commonly asked question and it’s important that you understand that a hearing aid will not be able to restore your hearing; however, what a hearing aid does do is amplify certain sounds to make it easier for you to understand what people are saying, particularly in loud or noisy settings. While it won’t be able to correct your hearing it can significantly improve your ability to hear those around you to improve your quality of life.
If you are experiencing hearing problems and have yet to have the issue checked out then it’s time to call Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg for an evaluation. We offer two offices in Fredericksburg and one office Stafford, VA.
Find out why so many people are turning to this facial to get more beautiful skin.
Do you wish you could have younger-looking and healthier skin? Are issues such as enlarged pores, sun damage or fine lines affecting your appearance? If so, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT physicians and esthetician have a simple, safe, and non-invasive way to resurface the skin without the discomfort or recovery time.
According to Allure Magazine, a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds. That’s more than 2 million treatments a year! So, what is a HydraFacial and why are so many people turning to this non-invasive skin care treatment?
HydraFacial uses a handheld device that cleans, exfoliates and then infuses the skin with special serums to improve the health of your skin and to target common imperfections such as fine lines, enlarged pores and texture issues. Unlike dermabrasion, which blasts away the surface of the skin to reveal younger and more radiant skin underneath, HydraFacial offers an easier and softer approach to plump, moisturize, and achieve more radiant skin.
The steps involved in HydraFacial are as follows:
Cleansing and Exfoliation: We will open up the pores and remove any debris and dead cells from the outermost layer of the skin to brighten and improve the texture and appearance of your skin.
Acid Peel: Our Fredericksburg, VA, licensed esthetician will then apply a facial peel containing either glycolic or salicylic acid. A slight stinging sensation may occur.
Extractions: Unlike a manual extraction that a dermatologist may perform to remove blackheads and whiteheads, a special HydraFacial suctioning tool will be directed over the skin to remove any impurities and dirt from the pores.
Hydration: Now it’s time to infuse your skin with some amazing antioxidants and peptides to help it look moist, plump, and radiant. It can also improve skin firmness.
Another reason so many people are turning to HydraFacial is that it is able to address a variety of concerns, from acne-prone skin to wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It’s ideal for patients of all ages and it’s safe for all complexions.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has one office in Stafford, VA, and two offices in Fredericksburg, VA, to serve you better. If you are interested in learning more about HydraFacial and how it can improve your skin then call us today.
Millions of Americans know what it means when someone says that their “sinuses are acting up.” Chronic sinusitis is an uncomfortable condition that affects over 29 million adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It may cause phlegm buildup, headaches, stuffy nose, and swelling. What really causes sinusitis, and how can you effectively treat this chronic problem to minimize symptoms? Find that out when you visit Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, to discuss balloon sinuplasty and other sinus treatments.
What Causes Sinus Problems?
Sinus problems may be caused by an infection in the nasal air cavities. Bad bacteria or fungus that thrives in dark environments mixes with excess mucus. Patients who have recently had cold symptoms may have a sinus flare-up. This can also happen due to allergies, which is why patients tend to struggle with symptoms in certain seasons. Anything that irritates the sinus passageways, whether it’s a chemical smell or dander in the air could cause sinusitis. A deviated septum, which affects the shape of the nose, may also be to blame.
What Are the Common Sinus Treatments?
Conservative treatments for chronic sinusitis include antibiotic therapy (anti-fungal medicine if it’s related to a fungus infection), and corticosteroid nasal sprays. One important goal of treatment is to clear the nasal passages so that you can breathe easier. Applying heat to the face and using a humidifier may help. A Stafford and Fredericksburg ENT can also administer a treatment called balloon sinuplasty for patients who have chronic, painful sinus symptoms.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to loosen blockages caused by sinusitis. It is an in-office procedure that is done under local sedation. An endoscopic wire is guided into the sinuses then inflated to open the blocked passageway. Infected mucus is gently removed to give you relief. There’s no need for surgery or sleep sedation and you can go back to everyday activities soon after the appointment.
See Your ENT for a Sinus Consultation
If you’re having chronic sinus symptoms, you may need balloon sinuplasty to get reliable, long-term relief. Call 540-371-1226 today for an appointment with a Stafford or Fredericksburg, VA, ENT at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 million adults (slightly over 12%) have been diagnosed with sinusitis (sinus infection). A mild occasional sinus infection can often be treated with over the counter medication or self-care, but if you are suffering from severe nasal inflammation or chronic sinus infections, the physicians at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, may recommend a balloon sinuplasty procedure.
Balloon Sinuplasty in Stafford and Fredericksburg
Sinusitis causes inflammation in the sinus cavity. Although sinusitis often has many of the same symptoms of a common cold, many cases are caused by a bacterial infection and require treatment with antibiotics. A sinus infection can also be caused by a fungal (viral) infection related to seasonal or environmental allergies.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, sinus infections affect approximately one in eight adults and are responsible for millions of doctor visits and dollars spent on prescription medication every year.
What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
Inflammation causes the sinus cavity to narrow, which blocks the mucus in the sinus cavity from draining. A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that is used to gently open up the nasal passage so that the mucus buildup can be drained with a saline solution. Once your nasal passageway has been cleared, the balloon catheter is removed, leaving nasal passage open. A local anesthetic is applied before the procedure to minimize pressure and discomfort as your sinuses are dilated and cleared of buildup. Balloon sinuplasty is a non-surgical procedure, so the side effects and recovery time are typically much milder than a surgical procedure.
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctor in Stafford and Fredericksburg
To learn more about balloon sinuplasty and other treatment options for sinusitis, contact the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226 to schedule an appointment today.
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