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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Benefits Of Balloon Sinuplasty

Sinus issues can be caused by any number of issues - allergies, work environments, and even genetics. There are several medications that can be used to treat the symptoms, but many come with debilitating side effects such as drowsiness. There are homeopathic treatments, such as flushes, but these often need to be repeated frequently to be effective. Dr. Gordon Siegel, of Midwest ENT, in Chicago, IL, would like to inform you about the benefits of balloon sinuplasty.

What Are Sinuses?

Our sinuses are cavities in the front of our heads that are connected. They make and drain thin mucus that keeps the nasal cavities clean of debris and bacteria. If the mucus is prevented from draining properly, bacteria can grow and lead to infection. 

This infection can be caused by drainage that is blocked due to inflammation but could also lead to inflammation that doesn’t already exist. 

There are medications that can treat some of these issues, but they focus on the symptoms rather than the cause.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Though the word “plasty” is commonly associated with cosmetic surgery, this is neither cosmetic nor invasive surgery. There is no cutting anything open to making this happen.

Balloon sinuplasty is performed by inserting a balloon catheter into the impacted nasal passageway. The balloon is then inflated, so as to restore normal flow without compromising the sinus walls. A saline solution is used to clean any mucus or pus from the affected sinus cavity. The catheter is removed and the passageway is left unblocked.

What Are Some Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty helps relieve the pressure when sinus draining builds up. This pressure often leads to headaches, difficulty breathing and speaking, blurred vision and watery eyes, or even altered taste in your mouth. Frequent sinus drainage that is ingested can also lead to nausea and upset stomachs.

Balloon Sinuplasty helps to relieve all of these symptoms by focusing on the malfunctioning body part. Unlike medications that treat a symptom, this helps get to the cause. There are also no unpleasant side effects that most sinus medications can carry. The recovery time is usually less than 24 hours.

If you have any questions about whether or not balloon sinuplasty may be right for you, contact Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL, to schedule a consultation today with Dr. Gordon Siegel. Call for more information today at (312) 988-7777.

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