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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Find Relief From Your Sinusitis

Has sinus pain become a daily occurrence? When over-the-counter and prescription medications just don't do enough to ease your pain,Sinusitis sinus surgery may be an option. Our Chicago, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Gordon Siegel of Midwest ENT, discusses chronic sinusitis symptoms and explains treatment options.

How do I know if I have chronic sinusitis?

You may have chronic sinusitis if your symptoms last three months or longer. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include:

  • Pain in your nose, eyes, cheeks and forehead
  • Pressure in your sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Nausea, which may be worse in the morning due to post-nasal drip
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

What causes chronic sinusitis?

These factors may increase your risk of developing chronic sinusitis:

  • Polyps in your nasal passages
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarge turbinates
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Certain diseases, such as asthma, GERD, cystic fibrosis or immune system disease, including HIV/AIDS

What are the treatment options for chronic sinusitis?

Medications that are helpful for acute sinusitis, which lasts less than 12 weeks, may not be quite as effective when your symptoms linger. If you don't experience enough relief by irrigating your sinuses and taking over-the-counter or prescription decongestants, corticosteroids and antibiotics, surgery may be helpful.

Endoscopic surgery relieves chronic sinusitis symptoms by removing inflamed tissue, scar tissue and blockages, and may also be used to straighten deviated septums. During surgery, a tiny probe that contains a camera is inserted into your sinuses via your nostrils. The camera transmits images to a digital monitor, allowing your ear, nose and throat doctor to clearly see and treat problem areas in your sinuses.

Balloon sinuplasty is another option for Chicago patients. Benefits of the minimally invasive procedure include less pain after the procedure, reduced risk of infection and less downtime. Both endoscopic surgery and balloon sinuplasty are performed under general anesthesia. During balloon sinuplasty, a small wire catheter that contains a deflated balloon is inserted into your sinuses. Once it's in position, the balloon is inflated, opening up blocked sinus passages.

Sinus surgery can help relieve your sinus pain. Call our Chicago, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Siegel of Midwest ENT, at (312) 988-7777 to schedule an appointment.

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