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Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center is here for you with a skilled team of physicians and surgeons. We can help treat a variety of conditions including thyroid problems like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA. Keep reading about this condition and come see us if you're struggling with symptoms.
What Is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or Hashimoto's Disease is a case of hypothyroidism. This means you are not producing enough hormone from your thyroid gland, the butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat. Hormone levels affect your whole body, so there are various symptoms of hypothyroid including:
- Fatigue and depleted energy
- Brittle nails
- Dry skin
- Memory problems
- Always feeling cold
- Heavy or irregular periods in women
Don't ignore any combination of these symptoms or any symptoms you can't explain. Come talk to your doctor about testing your thyroid levels in Fredericksburg, VA, or Stafford, VA.
What Causes Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that your immune system stops recognizing the thyroid gland as your own body and begins attacking it. This makes you produce less and less thyroid over time. Other causes can include exposure to large amounts of iodide (which was a past treatment for croup in children), high levels of lithium, and if for any reason you've had to have your thyroid gland removed.
How Is It Treated?
Hypothyroidism causes a lot of uncomfortable symptoms, but there is treatment available. HRT or hormone replacement therapy. Supplemental, synthetic thyroid can be delivered by oral medication and bring your thyroid levels back up.
The team of physicians at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center can help if you've been struggling with thyroid problems in Fredericksburg, or Stafford, VA. Contact us for an appointment at either our Fredericksburg or Stafford locations at (540) 371-1226.
Most people experience problems with their sinuses at some point in their lives. From colds to allergies or other respiratory infections, sinus problems are a minor nuisance for most people. However, some people suffer from chronic sinus problems and may need balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA, or Stafford, VA, to get relief. Contact our team at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center to see if you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
A balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA unblocks sinus passageways using a tiny balloon that's inserted through the nostrils. Under general anesthetic, doctors perform the procedure by guiding a small wire equipped with the balloon through the nasal passageways.
Once inserted, doctors inflate the balloon to open the passageways. Once the passageways become fully open, doctors will deflate the balloon and withdraw it from the sinus passageway. After the procedure, a patient's nasal passageways will start to drain and function normally.
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits
Any surgical procedure under general anesthetic poses some risks. However, a balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective way to restore proper sinus function. Additionally, doctors don't need to cut tissue or make any incisions to insert the balloon. So, the procedure results in less pain, bruising, swelling and bleeding. Recovery times are also far less than those of patients who've had traditional surgery.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If you suffer chronic sinus problems for more than six months, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. Other symptoms that might make you a good candidate include:
- Chronic nasal mucus discharge or blockage
- Persistent sinus infections (four or more) during a 12-month period
- Frequent pain around the eyes
- Problems breathing through the nose
- Persistent coughing/throat irritation
- Chronic fatigue/sleep disruptions
- Frequent sinus headaches
If you have chronic sinus problems as a result of polyps, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Additionally, you may not be suitable for the procedure if you have a deviated septum.
To find out if you're an ideal candidate for a balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA, schedule your comprehensive evaluation with our team of doctors today at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226.
Do you have a sore throat, or do you need your tonsils taken out? You can rely on the doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, VA, who also serve Stafford, VA to perform a full examination and determine how serious your symptoms are and what the course of treatment should be.
What Are the Symptoms of Tonsillitis?
As a general rule, the primary symptom of tonsillitis is a very painful sore throat. Typically, redness and puss on your tonsils accompany the sore throat. You will also likely have a stuffy or runny nose, fever, difficulty swallowing, and swollen lymph nodes.
What Are the Signs of Chronic Tonsillitis?
Chronic tonsillitis is generally classified as having anywhere between three and seven infections in the span of one year, five infections each year for two straight years, or three infections each year for three straight years.
Signs a Tonsillectomy May Be Needed
There are several different signs that you need to undergo a tonsillectomy in Fredericksburg, VA, or Stafford, VA. Here are a few of them.
Recurrent Strep Throat Infections
One of the main reasons that a tonsillectomy must be done is due to recurrent infections, such as strep throat. Every doctor will have their own number that they go by, but when you continue to have strep throat, surgery is often recommended.
Swollen tonsils aren’t just uncomfortable, but they can lead to other health issues like sleep apnea. Therefore, if you are having trouble sleeping, it can be a result of enlarged tonsils. Long-term sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure, fatigue, and other health problems. If the enlarged tonsils are suspected to be contributing to your overall health and sleeping patterns, surgery may be recommended.
Believe it or not, it is possible for food particles, dead cells, and many other substances to get trapped on your tonsils. When this happens, it creates what is known as tonsil stones. Although less invasive options are available, the permanent option to remove tonsil stones is a tonsillectomy.
It is possible to develop cancer in your tonsils. Roughly 70 percent of cancers in the oropharynx, which includes the tonsils, are related to HPV, which is a sexually transmitted virus. As part of your overall cancer treatment, a tonsillectomy may be recommended.
If you are concerned about your tonsil health, reach out to an ear, nose, and throat doctor like those at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, VA, who also serve Stafford, VA. You can give us a call at (540) 371-1226 to schedule an appointment for an examination.
If you struggle with chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty could be the solution. Ongoing sinus problems, in which the sinus passages become inflamed for extended periods, can cause facial pain and swelling and affect your ability to breathe through your nose.
Balloon sinuplasty helps by opening up the sinus passages. The highly skilled doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA, can determine if sinuplasty is right for you.
How the Procedure Works
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure for opening up the sinus passages so they drain better and you breathe easier. Balloon sinuplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Unlike other more invasive sinus procedures, no cutting or removal of bone and tissue is involved, which means there is a shorter recovery time. Many patients can return to normal activities a few days after the procedure.
The procedure is performed by inserting a flexible balloon catheter into the sinus passages and then slowly inflating the balloon, which gently expands and opens up the sinuses. The opened passages are then flushed with saline to clear out any mucus clogging the sinuses. After opening and clearing the sinus passages, the balloon is deflated and the catheter is removed. Following the procedure, the sinuses will remain open and there is usually no need to repeat the treatment.
The experienced doctors at our offices in Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA, can perform a sinuplasty to alleviate chronic sinusitis and help you breathe easier. Most patients only need to undergo the minor outpatient procedure once to enjoy open sinuses for life.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty has several benefits. Major benefits include being minimally invasive with no cutting or removal of bone or tissue and a short recovery time. The procedure is also extremely successful as the sinus passages remain open long-term so there is no need to repeat it again. Another benefit of sinuplasty is that it alleviates many of the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, including:
- Nasal congestion and stuffiness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Sinus headaches
Chronic sinusitis and its symptoms can affect your quality of life, but you don’t have to continue suffering. Balloon sinuplasty opens up the sinus passages so you can finally experience relief from ongoing nasal congestion. Schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors to learn more about sinuplasty by calling Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, at (540) 371-1226.
If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be the answer you’re looking for.
If you’ve been dealing with nasal congestion, post-nasal drip and facial pressure for months on end, you may be dealing with a chronic sinus infection. Both acute and chronic sinusitis cause inflammation within the nasal passages, which can also lead to obstructions and difficulty breathing. The only difference is that acute sinusitis will usually go away within a few weeks while chronic sinusitis can last more than 12 weeks. This is usually about the time patients schedule an appointment with our Fredericksburg, VA, otolaryngologists to find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for them.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
The minimally invasive procedure can finally provide patients with the relief they need that other home care and treatments just can’t. Of course, many patients don’t immediately want to turn to sinus surgery to correct nasal blockages, which is why balloon sinuplasty is an ideal option. It can alleviate symptoms almost immediately and doesn’t require surgery or incisions.
During balloon sinuplasty, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctors will carefully guide an endoscope into the blocked nasal passage. At the end of the endoscope is a deflated balloon. Once the endoscope is in the ideal position we will inflate the balloon, which will open up the inflamed and blocked nasal passages to help drain the sinuses.
What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?
Many people are choosing to get balloon sinuplasty because it offers a simple but effective way to treat resistant and unresponsive forms of chronic sinusitis. Some of the benefits of balloon sinuplasty include,
- A quick procedure that is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia and sedation (we would be happy to discuss sedation options with you during your consultation)
- A faster recovery time and fewer post-procedural side effects
- You can go back to your normal routine with 24-48 hours after treatment
- Reduced risk for bleeding or infection
- Almost immediate relief and relief that can last up to two years
Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has three locations in Fredericksburg, VA, Stafford, VA, and in Spotsylvania, VA, making it easy to get balloon sinuplasty, allergy testing, hearing screenings and more. To limit the spread of COVID-19, we are offering our patients the option of telemedicine visits. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty and if it’s right for you please call us at (540) 371-1226 to schedule a consultation.