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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.

By Arthur H Katz MD
July 21, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

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.