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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.
Discover the long-term benefits of wearing a hearing aid.
There are certain songs that you once loved to hear but now it seems like you can’t really hear or understand them. You may find yourself turning the volume up to the max, and yet music just sounds different. This can be particularly unnerving for people, especially for audiophiles who are dealing with hearing loss, but our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz can help you enjoy music and sounds again with hearing aids.
What are the warning signs of hearing loss?
Wondering if you’re dealing with the beginnings of hearing loss? You might think it would be easy to tell, but hearing loss is so gradual that you might not even notice until it’s progressed. Some warning signs include:
- Feeling like people are mumbling more than usual
- Straining to hear people, particularly when you’re in a group setting
- Having trouble hearing the TV or radio unless the volume is very high
- People complaining that your TV or radio is too loud
- Having trouble following dialogue in movies or shows
- Zoning out and not listening to those around you because it’s too difficult to stay in the conversation
- Having to look at faces to understand them
- Having people repeat themselves regularly
Certain sounds and pitches may be more difficult for you to understand and while the voice or sound may be loud enough you may not actually be able to understand what is being said because certain high-pitched consonants are no longer easy to hear. If you also find it more challenging to understand someone when there is noise in the background, this is another sign that it’s time to turn to our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist for a hearing evaluation and to see if hearing aids are right for you.
What can a hearing aid do for me?
Most people assume that hearing aids will restore hearing in the same way that glasses or contact lenses do for vision. It’s important to recognize that a hearing aid will not correct your hearing but rather amplify these problem sounds to make it easier for you to hear those around you, as well as other important sounds such as the oven timer or the doorbell. If you have hearing loss in both ears, you’ll get more benefit from wearing hearing aids in both ears. This is often the case unless our otolaryngologist tells you otherwise.
If you are ready to sit down with our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz, to learn more about hearing aids and to choose the perfect model for you, simply call our Munster or Olympia Fields, IL, office today at (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to schedule an appointment.
Nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, or facial pain or pressure could be signs of sinusitis. If you've been suffering from these and other unpleasant symptoms, your otolaryngologist in Olympia Fields and Munster, IN, Dr. Arthur Katz, offers several treatments that can ease your discomfort.
How sinusitis starts
Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses become inflamed and swollen. Allergies, bacterial or fungal infections, or viruses frequently cause the condition. In fact, you may be more likely to develop sinusitis after you've had a cold or another upper respiratory viral infection.
Common sinusitis symptoms
If you have sinusitis, you may experience or notice:
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Thickened nasal discharge, which may be yellow or green
- Facial pain (Pain and pressure may occur in your forehead, around your eyes or in your cheeks.)
- Fullness or pressure in the ears
- Neck pain
Have you developed a toothache in addition to any of these common symptoms? The problem may actually be related to your inflamed sinuses. The roots of the upper teeth can become irritated when you have sinusitis, triggering pain that feels very much like a toothache.
Treatments for sinusitis
Sinusitis often goes away on its own in a week or two. While you wait to get better, try rinsing your sinuses with saline solution or taking decongestants. Warm compresses can relieve facial pain, as can over-the-counter pain relievers.
If sinusitis symptoms last more than a few weeks, or your symptoms are severe, it's a good idea to visit the Olympia Fields or Munster otolaryngology office. Prescription decongestants, antihistamines or corticosteroids may help decrease inflammation and nasal congestion. If sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, you'll receive a prescription for antibiotics.
When sinusitis is a common problem due to allergies, your otolaryngologist can prescribe allergy medication and make a few suggestions that will help you reduce your exposure to allergens.
Are you concerned that you may have sinusitis? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arthur Katz, your Olympia Fields and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist. Schedule an appointment with the Munster office by calling (219) 934-9396 or with the Olympia Fields office by calling (708) 747-6900.
We’re here to help you breathe easier with asthma.
We understand that for many of our patients, tackling day-to-day life with asthma can be difficult. That’s where our Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz can help you get your asthma symptoms under control with proper lifestyle modifications and medications. You can lead a full, healthy, and fulfilling life with asthma. Here’s what you should know about coping with this chronic respiratory disorder.
Know your triggers
It’s incredibly important that you understand what triggers your asthma, from exercise and cold weather to pet dander and pollen. This way you can better protect yourself from an asthma attack. If you’re having trouble pinpointing your asthma triggers, our Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, ENT doctor can help.
Know how to use your medications properly
You would be surprised to learn how many people with asthma aren’t using their medications properly. Most patients will be given a controller medication that they will need to use every day, along with a rescue inhaler that should only be used when symptoms of an asthma attack first appear. The three most common mistakes we see when it comes to using asthma medication are,
- People not using their everyday medication because they aren’t experiencing symptoms (you need to still use this medication every day regardless of whether you are noticing chest tightness or other symptoms unless otherwise instructed by your doctor)
- People not shaking their rescue inhalers prior to using them (it’s important to shake them for at least 30 seconds before using them)
- People not carrying their rescue inhaler with them at all times (you never know when an attack might strike and it’s important to be prepared)
Have a clear-cut asthma action plan
Everyone, regardless of age, should have a detailed and thorough outline of exactly how to address their asthma symptoms, along with actions that the person and their family will need to take when these symptoms appear. While the CDC certainly provides great tips for creating an asthma action plan, you will also want to create this plan specifically with your asthma specialist.
Are you looking for an ENT doctor that can treat your asthma symptoms? If so, call our Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL offices to schedule an appointment at (219) 934-9396 and (708) 747-6900.
Sinus infections are common ENT disorders. Coming on after a cold or chronically, due to structural problems or repeat infections, bouts with sinusitis may become debilitating. At the Munster, Crown Point, and Olympia Fields IN offices of otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz, patients find substantial relief through sinus treatment plans. Feel better and get back into life! Talk to your Sinusitis Munster IN specialist today.
That awful sinusitis
US News and World Report say that 37 million Americans struggle with a single bout, or repeated episodes, of sinusitis annually. Nasal passages and the air-filled cavities inside the skull become irritated and inflamed due to colds, flu, allergies, bacteria, or structural abnormalities.
Symptoms of Sinusitis in Munster IN patients include:
- Headaches, especially behind the eyes, forehead, and back teeth
- Loss of taste and smell
- Congestion and post-nasal drip
- Copious mucus production (green, yellow, thick and lasting upwards of 10 days)
- Bad breath
- Impacted social and occupational function due to fatigue (according to Harvard Health)
Symptoms may escalate after the flu or a cold and simply seem to hang on and on.
Diagnosis and sinusitis Munster IN treatments
If you experience lingering sinus symptoms or several occurrences of sinusitis during the cold and flu season, contact Dr. Arthur Katz in his office. He'll ask you about your symptoms and anything which may worsen or alleviate them. He may examine your sinuses with X-ray imaging and/or a thin, lighted scope.
With results in hand, Dr. Katz may advise any or a combination of interventions to get you some relief:
- Nasal irrigation with a Neti pot
- Warm compresses to the face
- Steam treatments from the shower or hot water in a bowl
- Sleeping with the head of the bed elevated
- Saline, steroidal, or antihistamine sinus sprays
- Mucinex, or other oral nasal thinner
- Allergy testing to pinpoint triggers in the environment
- Removal of nasal polyps
- Repair of a deviated septum (the partition inside your nose)
- Balloon sinuplasty to compressed tissue overgrowth and inflammation
- Adequate hydration (keep your water bottle handy)
- Blowing your nose gently, one nostril only at a time
- Reduction of risk factors such as smoking
Come see us
Please don't suffer. Receive expert sinusitis Munster IN treatments from Dr. Arthur Katz, your experienced ENT physician. Call us for an appointment at one of our three convenient offices. In Munster IN, phone (219) 934-9396. In Crown Point, call (219) 769-8441, and in Olympia Fields, reach our office at (708) 747-6900.