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Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

It can be challenging to live with chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses) lasts for at least 12 weeks. Making breathing difficult due to nasal obstruction, affecting how things taste and smell. Sinusitis cause pain, tenderness, and swelling around the areas of the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead.

Chronic sinusitis can be treated with medications. However, not all patients respond well to them. As a last resort, an ENT specialist would recommend a sinus surgery.

In the traditional sinus surgery, the bone and tissues are removed to enlarged the sinus opening. This helps in clearing the blocked sinuses and consequently, restores the normal sinus drainage. However, this surgery is usually associated with pain and scarring.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

If you have chronic sinusitis but are hesitant to undergo the traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty may be right for you.

Unlike the traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty doesn’t involve any cutting or removal of bones and tissues. It uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open up the blocked sinus passageways.

How does Balloon Sinuplasty work?

During a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, a balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus. The balloon is then inflated to expand the sinus. Saline solution is sprayed in order to flush out pus and mucus. The system is then removed, leaving the sinuses open.

What can you expect during and after a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?

Many cases of Balloon Sinuplasty use general anesthesia but there’s a growing number of ENT doctors who are using local anesthesia for in-office Balloon Sinuplasty.

As with recovery, you can resume to your normal activities 2 days after the procedure.

Image: https://www.istockphoto.com/au/photo/my-sinuses-are-so-blocked-gm468447672-61745376

 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-sinusitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351661

http://www.balloonsinuplasty.com/what-is-balloon-sinuplasty/procedure-overview

http://www.balloonsinuplasty.com/what-is-balloon-sinuplasty/faqs#n67

https://www.americansinus.com/results-of-balloon-sinuplasty/

 


What is Vertigo?

If you’ve been feeling like you’re spinning or that the world around you is spinning, then you may be experiencing vertigo.
 

What is vertigo? 

Vertigo is a symptom. It is a sensation that either you or the environment is spinning.  

Some people with vertigo barely noticed it while there are those with severe cases who find it hard to keep themselves in balance and do day-to-day tasks. 

What causes it? 

There are different causes of vertigo and these include: 

  • Meniere’s Disease 

It’s an inner ear problem caused by fluid buildup and changing pressure inside the ear. Aside from vertigo, Meniere’s disease also causes ringing or buzzing in the ears. 

  •  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo 

BPPV is another inner problem that occurs when tiny calcium particles clump in the inner ear.  

  •  Vestibular Neuritis 

This is an inner problem associated with viral infection. The infection causes inflammation of the nerves that play a role in sensing balance.  

 How does vertigo feel? 

Many people often described vertigo as feeling tilting, unbalanced, spinning, or swaying.  

In some cases, vertigo may come with other symptoms like nausea, headache, vomiting, and ringing in the ears. 

Can vertigo be treated? 

Although many cases of vertigo go away on their own as the brain is able to adapt, there are some that requires treatment. Some of the most common treatment options include:
 

  • Vestibular rehabilitation 

It’s a form of physical therapy that aims to strengthen the vestibular system. This system has an important role to play in keeping our balance. It sends signals to our brain about our head and body movement relative to gravity.
 

  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers 

These are movements designed to move the calcium deposits (canaliths) out of the ear canal and into the inner ear chamber, where they will be absorbed by the body.
 

  • Surgery 

In some cases, surgery may be needed. These are vertigo cases caused by a tumor or brain/neck injury. 

If your vertigo is keeping you from having a normal life, consult a specialist.  

 

Image: https://www.istockphoto.com/au/photo/man-suffering-from-dizziness-with-difficulty-standing-up-while-leaning-on-wall-gm892430126-247005315
 

References: 

https://www.webmd.com/brain/vertigo-symptoms-causes-treatment#1 

https://www.rxlist.com/vertigo_overview/article.htm 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/ears-nose-and-throat/vertigo 

 


Hear Clear in the New Year!

We often associate hearing loss with aging. While it’s true that hearing loss is more common among older people, it can happen to anyone, regardless of age. It can manifest in different ways, depending on the severity and type of hearing loss.

Regardless of the type and cause of hearing loss, the symptoms are almost the same. These include:

  • difficulty in understanding speech especially in a noisy environment
  • listening to television or radio at high volume
  • difficulty hearing people on the phone
  • ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • having trouble hearing children and women
  • the perception that others are mumbling
  • feeling stressed out from straining what other people are saying
  • feeling nervous from meeting other people

Greater Knoxville ENT Can Help

If you think you are suffering from hearing loss, we can help.

We perform hearing tests to help determine the type and severity of hearing loss you have, which can also determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

We have on-site Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians and audiologists who are experts in evaluating and treating hearing loss. All of our patients have customized treatment plans. We also offer sampling of solutions available in our facility, which include custom earplugs, assistive listening devices (ALDs), hearing aids, and earmolds.

Let us help you hear better this year! Call us  to schedule an appointment.

 

Image: https://www.istockphoto.com/au/photo/close-up-of-a-man-trying-to-hear-gm845308108-138450987

 

Reference:

http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/signs-hearing-loss

 


Cosmetic Treatment in the Cooler Months

Have you been considering cosmetic treatment or a facial peel? This may be the perfect time. Colder temperatures are optimal for treatments that can help improve your complexion, as well as for plastic surgery. During other times of the year, like spring and summer, people tend to spend more time outside and in the sun and protecting your skin from the sun post-treatment is necessary for proper healing.

In the fall and winter, your skin is more likely to protected from complications that can occur from receiving too much UV exposure while skin is still in the recovery stage. Because there are lower UV levels during these months, it’s a great time to consider cosmetic treatments. Most people also find it easier to recuperate indoors during the colder months, without the added pressure of beach vacations, pool time, and other outdoor activities.

Patients at Greater Knoxville ENT can choose to begin or continue cosmetic treatment through a number of pharmaceutical grade products. Our products are carefully chosen to provide patients with the best options to allow their skin to change in the best possible way.

Call (865) 244-4396 to schedule an appointment, or contact us online.


Audiology Awareness Month

Did you know that hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans each year? Every October is recognized as Audiology Awareness Month. The purpose is to increase awareness of audiology and to educate the public on the importance of healthy hearing and the professionals who dedicate their lives to helping others hear again.

What is Audiology?

Audiology is known as the science and study of hearing. Audiologists are experts who help to prevent, diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders. Through treatment with an audiologist, patients can not only improve their hearing, but improve their quality of life.

Audiology at GKENT

At Greater Knoxville ENT, we provide the best hearing care services available, including comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations, as well as hearing aids and Bluetooth accessories to help you get the most out of life. Our audiologists have met state and national requirements and have attained the highest level of preparation for providing healthcare to those with hearing problems.

Our talented group of physicians can help you uncover a new world of improved hearing and overall ear health! We treat a number of conditions related to audiology and hearing. Call 865-244-4396 to schedule an appointment or contact us here.


Lenoir City Office Opening Soon!

5779 Creekwood Park Blvd, Suite 21
Lenoir City, TN 37772

Greater Knoxville ENT is excited to announce the opening of our new location in Lenoir City.

The Lenoir City office will open on September 11th. Our newest physician, Dr. Joseph White, will be practicing there. Hours and contact information will be announced soon.


Better Speech & Hearing Month

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders.

Hearing loss is a common communication disorder, and approximately 48 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Communication disorders, including hearing loss, can compromise physical and emotional health and affect social, educational, and recreational aspects of a person’s life. Symptoms of hearing loss for adults can include asking others to repeat themselves, difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise, and feeling that others mumble or do not speak clearly. Symptoms of hearing loss in children may include delayed or poor speech.

At Greater Knoxville ENT, we provide the best hearing care services available. Our six licensed audiologists, who all hold a doctorate degree in Audiology, are committed to reconnecting patients to the world through better hearing. They perform careful evaluations of hearing sensitivity to determine the type and degree of hearing loss so that the appropriate treatment can be administered. They also fit a full range of digital hearing aids.

If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms associated with hearing loss, contact Greater Knoxville ENT at (865) 512-1291 to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists.


Dr. Elise Denneny Named TMA President-Elect

Greater Knoxville ENT is proud to announce that Dr. Elise Denneny has been named President-elect for the Tennessee Medical Association, effective in May.

When she takes office as the 2019-2020 TMA President, Dr. Denneny will be the third female president in TMA history.

“In thirty years of practicing medicine across every kind of practice setting I’ve seen the relevance and impact of organized medicine. It impacts the lives of physicians, patients families and communities. The Tennessee Medical Association fights for those interests along with federal, state and local societies. TMA has momentum on the back of recent legislative successes,” says Denneny.

Dr. Denneny is a current member of the TMA Board of Trustees and is past president of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine.


Galina Discusses Her Experience with Dr. DePersio

See Galina Kremenchugskaya, patient at Greater Knoxville ENT, discuss her experience with Dr. Richard DePersio.

Dr. DePersio has a special interest in head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He has board certification in both otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Interested in cosmetic surgery at Greater Knoxville ENT? Request an appointment online, or call (865) 244-4396.


Local musician regains hearing with help from Greater Knoxville ENT.

Knathan Halliburton, a member of the Knoxville band The Wild Things, had developed a hearing problem that was dramatically affecting his life. After being diagnosed with otosclerosis at Greater Knoxville ENT, Halliburton received custom hearing aids and treatment that helped him regain his hearing and brought sound back to his life. Halliburton wrote and recorded a song about his experience as a way of thanking Greater Knoxville ENT.

Watch Knathan’s story below, and listen to his original song here.