High pressure balloons have been used for decades for various medical indications. Most well-known is their use in angioplasty, a method of remodeling the inside of blood vessels in the heart and other areas. More recently, this technology has been adapted as a minimally invasive tool in sinus surgery. Balloon sinus dilation, also known as sinuplasty, has been available for a little over a decade, becoming even more widely used in the past 5 years as additional studies have b
Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation
Just receiving FDA approval last year, this exciting new surgical procedure has the potential to improve the symptoms of Eustachian tube dysfunction in many patients, while avoiding the potential drawbacks of ear tubes (mild low frequency hearing loss, potential for a persistent hole in the eardrum, and need for precautions with water exposure). A growing body of scientific literature, including a recent high quality randomized controlled trial, shows it to be a safe and effe
What happens during my initial ENT consultation?
What is an Otolaryngologist? Many patients are apprehensive as to what to expect during their initial visit with an Otolaryngologist, or Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. Whereas most patients are familiar with primary care providers such as Internal Medicine or Family Practice physicians, many patients are not even quite sure what an Otolaryngologist is or what we treat. An Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon is also known as an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor, or ENT. We speciali