MIDWEST ENT UPDATE 9/29/2020

As we approach fall and winter, we wish to update you on your ear nose and throat health. We recommend that you have your humidifiers inspected and cleaned. If you don't have one, this may be a good time to purchase. When heaters go on, so should humidifiers. In addition, nasal saline sprays and netty pots often times aid in healthy noses and throats. It is becoming increasingly well known how important good nasal breathing is for our overall health. I am sending a link to a recent story aired on CBS News, featuring James Nestor, author of the recent book, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art". It is very insightful and I hope you enjoy it.

We continue to take very strict COVID precautions. We have had no cases as a result anyone coming to our office or having surgery with us at Northwestern Hospital.
Flu season is rapidly approaching and strongly encourage the flu vaccine.
We are very pleased with our results of the Inspire(inspiresleep.com)procedure for sleep apnea. This has proven to be an excellent outpatient procedure for those who are not getting good results with CPAP.
As always, we offer a full range of services for your hearing health. We provide the most current technology for testing your hearing and providing the most appropriate hearing aids for each individual.
Please feel free to call the office(312-988-7777) for further information on all of the above or to set up an appointment. You may also send individual emails through our patient portal.

Wishing you all good health and safety,

Gordon J. Siegel, M.D.,FACS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery             
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Discover the Benefits of a Balloon Sinuplasty

Has chronic sinusitis affected the quality of your life? Sinus pain, congestion, headaches and fatigue can make focusing at work or school or even enjoying hobbies difficult. Balloon sinuplasty, offered by Dr. Gordon Siegel of Midwest ENT in Chicago, can ease your sinus symptoms.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

During balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Siegel inserts a thin catheter that contains a small balloon through your nostrils and into your sinuses. Once the catheter is inside the sinuses, he inflates the balloon. Inflating the balloon widens your sinus passages, which reduces congestion and makes it easier to breathe.

Before the procedure begins, you'll receive a local anesthetic to ensure that you won't feel a thing. After deflating the balloon, your doctor uses a saline solution to clean your sinuses.

What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an alternative to endoscopic sinus surgery. Both procedures are effective in treating chronic sinusitis, but balloon sinuplasty offers a less invasive approach. Balloon sinuplasty doesn't require any cutting, which can decrease the length of the recovery period. In fact, you only need to take it easy for two or three days after your procedure.

Since balloon sinuplasty only involves a local anesthetic, you won't feel nauseous or groggy afterward.

After balloon sinuplasty, you'll be able to breathe much easier and won't struggle to fall asleep because you're so congested. Thanks to the procedure, you'll finally experience pain-free days and can enjoy life without a constant headache or sinus pressure.

Would you like to find out if balloon sinuplasty is a good option for you? Call Dr. Gordon Siegel of Midwest ENT in Chicago, at (312) 988-7777 to schedule an appointment. Midwest ENT is a member of Northwestern Private Practice, a group of independent physicians that provide top medical care to patients living in Chicagoland. All Northwestern Private Practice members are committed to providing patients with an appointment as soon as possible. Many patients receive appointments within a week. Learn more about us on our website: www.northwesternprivatepractice.com.

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