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By Arthur H Katz MD
January 18, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

If you’re someone who deals with consistent sinus issues, you understand the pain and pressure that comes with a sinus headache. You may find that no matter what you do, your sinus issues always come back. There’s a new way to treat sinusitis in a minimally invasive way and not have to worry about pain and pressure caused by a sinus headache. Dr. Arthur Katz in Merrillville and Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, can explain how balloon sinuplasty works and when it may be needed!

Signs That You May Need a Balloon Sinuplasty

If you deal with sinusitis, that may not necessarily mean that you would benefit from a balloon sinuplasty from your ENT doctor in Merrillville and Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL. If you’ve tried every other conventional form of treatment and nothing seems to help, it may be time for you to learn about balloon sinuplasty.

You’ll benefit from balloon sinuplasty if you deal with chronic sinus or nasal problems, headaches and pressure around the eyes, stuffiness, difficulty breathing through your nose or a lingering bad taste in your mouth. You can also benefit if you have recurring sinus infections that can’t seem to be relieved by medications alone.

Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any cutting. You’ll be sedated throughout the entire procedure and you should start noticing a difference fairly quickly. You’ll be able to breathe normally and avoid pain and pressure caused by a sinus infection or headache.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

Don’t let chronic sinus infections rule your life. Contact Dr. Arthur Katz in Merrillville and Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, to learn how a balloon sinuplasty can help relieve the symptoms associated with your chronic sinus infections. Call today for more information at (219) 934-9396 for the office in Munster, IN, (219) 769-8441 for the office in Merrillville, IN, and (708) 747-6900 for the office in Olympia Fields, IL.

By Arthur H Katz MD
November 22, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology

Head and neck cancer are some of the most serious medical situations that a person could ever face. If you fear that this is something that you might be facing yourself, you need to see an Otolaryngologist in Munster, IN as quickly as possible. The sooner that you get an appointment with Dr. Arthur H. Katz at Our ENT Offices, the sooner you can have this issue identified and be on the road towards a course of treatment. People are often greatly relieved to hear that they do have options if they want to take them. 

When Should You Be Concerned? 

It is important to identify and address any symptoms that you believe could be pointing towards a diagnosis of head and/or neck cancer. You do not want to waste any time when you are potentially dealing with cancer, and you need to get yourself into an Otolaryngologist in Munster, IN if you notice any of the following issues: 

  • Speech problems 
  • A mouth ulcer
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Sore throat
  • Red or white patches around the throat
  • Weight loss
  • Neck pain
  • Trouble moving your jaw 

Any of these could be signs of something more serious that needs to be addressed. Our ENT Office can help out with this, and they can run some tests to let you know if you need to be more concerned about the things going on with you than what you already are. They are not attempting to scare you, but they do want to it extremely clear as to what your diagnosis is and why it should matter to you. Take the time to hear them out and understand that they are simply trying to protect you from a worsening condition. 

You Have Treatment Options 

Each case has to be reviewed individually, but there are treatment options available in the vast majority of instances. Again, the sooner that the doctors can look you over, the better. That said, you should not allow yourself to become overly anxious at the mere thought of going to the doctor at all. You need to understand that while you may receive news while in the office that is troubling, you definitely would rather have that information than not have it. It is better to know and to start working on treatment options than to assume that everything will just turn out fine. 

If you are ready to take the first steps towards getting your life back to normal, then you need to call 219-769-8441 and ask for Dr. Katz at Our ENT Office today. 

By Arthur H Katz MD
November 02, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Snoring  

Many adults snore from time to time, while some snore regularly. Frequent snoring is sometimes due to a sleep disorder called sleep apnea, a condition associated with brief pauses in breathing throughout the night. We treat snoring and sleep apnea at our offices in Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL. Dr. Arthur Katz, our skilled ENT doctor, can determine if your snoring is due to sleep apnea and develop a treatment plan to help you stop snoring and sleep better.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder in which collapsed or blocked airways prevent air from reaching the lungs, resulting in temporary pauses in breathing. Reasons why the airway might become blocked while sleeping include tissues in the throat collapsing or the tongue rolling back. Individuals with a higher risk for developing sleep apnea include those who are overweight or obese, have high blood pressure, are middle-aged, or have a family history of the sleep disorder.

Just as a blocked airway can cause brief pauses in breathing, it can also contribute to snoring. When the soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse across the airway, they often vibrate as a person breathes in and out. The vibration of those tissues produces a snoring sound. The same thing can occur if the tongue rolls toward the back of the throat while sleeping.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Individuals with sleep apnea do not always realize they have the condition, but there are some signs you can watch for that could mean you have this sleep disorder. Some common symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping
  • Waking up choking or gasping for air
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Irritability, depression, and difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling sleepy or fatigued during the day
  • Feeling unrested upon waking
  • Headaches in the morning

Treatment Options

At our ENT office in Munster, IN, sleep apnea and snoring can be treated through several methods. Our experienced ENT doctor can recommend the right treatment for you.

Snoring associated with sleep apnea can often be treated by improving the flow of air while sleeping. One way to do this is with a custom oral appliance that is worn while sleeping. The oral appliance keeps the airway from becoming blocked by holding the lower jaw in a stable position. This helps stop snoring, as well as prevents pauses in breathing.

A traditional method for treating sleep apnea and its symptoms, including snoring, is CPAP therapy. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. Treatment involves the use of a machine that delivers a consistent stream of air pressure to the airway throughout the night to prevent it from collapsing.

If snoring due to sleep apnea is keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep, we can help. For the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea in Munster, IN, call our ENT office at (219) 769-8441 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Katz. Our Olympia Fields, IL, office can be reached at (708) 747-6900.

By Arthur H Katz MD
August 26, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Hearing aids have become so customizable over the years that there can be a lot of information to filter. Dr. Arthur Katz would like to answer some frequently asked questions about hearing aids.

FAQs About Hearing Aids

Is Background Noise Still an Issue?

Microphones still have no full way of knowing what is “background” noise versus sound you wish to hear. However, voice recognition technology has made it much easier for a microphone to determine speech versus noise and can amplify the speech over the other sounds. 

How Long is the Process of Getting Hearing Aids?

That depends. For so long as there are no special needs, your ear can be fitted on the initial visit. If an unusual need or shape is required, then a follow-up visit may be required. From there, receiving the hearing aid is a matter of which type is selected and what features are added (if any)?

What Are the Types of Hearing Aids?

There are Behind the Ear hearing aids, which have a portion that feeds into the ear. There are the common Full Shell size hearing aids, which fit inside the ear. Then, there are the Canal size hearing aids, which consume less space inside the ear. All use the same circuitry and are mainly chosen according to need and appearance.

Can I Use Someone Else’s Hearing Aids?

There are many reasons that this is not a good idea. For starters, the canal fit may not be proper, which results in a loss of effectiveness. From there, the strength may be inappropriate for your needs. Anything that is stronger or weaker may inadvertently accelerate hearing loss. 

When Should I Consider a Hearing Aid?

This is a personal decision and requires a lot of reflection on your situation. Delaying addressing hearing loss can serve to make hearing loss occur faster. Believe it or not, getting hearing aids sooner, rather than later, can prolong the level of hearing that you still have. 

How Do I Find a Qualified Doctor to Help?

Patients in the Munster, IN, area need to look no further. Dr. Arthur Katz has a focus on otolaryngology and has an outstanding professional team to assist. To learn how Dr. Katz can help answer your hearing aid questions, call (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to schedule a consultation.

By Arthur H Katz MD
July 22, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Chronic sinusitis sufferers can finally find relief through this minimally invasive procedure.

According to the CDC, approximately 11.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Are you one of them? If you are battling chronic sinusitis then you’re used to facial congestion and pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throats, and even headaches. Perhaps you’ve attempted just about every treatment possible, but nothing has helped alleviate your sinus symptoms. If you’re at your wit's end trying to find something to help make your chronic sinusitis better, then consider the benefits of getting balloon sinuplasty from our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This endoscopic surgery is recommended for patients who’ve been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and aren’t experiencing relief from medication. This non-surgical procedure helps to open up blocked sinuses and improve nasal breathing.

What are the pros of this sinus surgery?

This surgery offers an array of benefits for the chronic sinusitis sufferer including:

Less invasive: Unlike other traditional sinus surgeries, balloon sinuplasty does not remove bone or tissue from the nose, making the recovery time much faster with fewer possible post-procedural side effects.

Effective: Many patients not only notice instant relief and the ability to properly breathe out of their noses again but also results from this procedure can last up to two years or more.

Quick recovery time: Since no incisions or cutting is involved and the techniques are minimally invasive, recovery time is significantly reduced compared to more traditional sinus surgeries. While this will vary a bit depending on each patient, it’s still pretty quick. Most patient can resume their normal activities within a couple of days.

Performed in-office: You can now have this procedure right here in our office under topical anesthesia. This means a faster treatment with fewer side effects. No operating room and no general anesthesia.

What is involved in the balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Before turning to our Munster, IN, ENT team for balloon sinuplasty you might want to know what to expect. Here are the steps involved in the popular procedure,

Step 1: You will receive topical anesthesia to numb the area before the endoscopy

Step 2: Our ENT team will use a guided wire to navigate the balloon catheter into the blocked sinuses

Step 3: The balloon is then inflated to enlarge the sinus pathways and remove the blockage to allow for proper sinus drainage

Step 4: A saline solution is sprayed into the sinus cavity to remove mucus and bacteria

Step 5: Our ENT team will carefully remove the balloon catheter from your sinuses

Is balloon sinuplasty right for me?

Do you have chronic sinusitis or recurrent rhinosinusitis? Are the medications prescribed to you not working? Then you could be a good candidate for this treatment.

To find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for you, schedule a consultation with our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz, who also serves the Olympia Fields, IL, area. Call (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to book an appointment.

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