Know The Signs Of Reflux

Know The Signs Of Reflux

Even If You Don’t Have Heartburn, You May Still Have Reflux​ Most people do not realize there are two different conditions caused by reflux. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is what immediately comes to mind for most patients, with symptoms of heartburn caused by the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. The other condition caused by gastric reflux is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR). This condition is very common, but it can have very different symptoms than GERD. Identifying which type of … Continued

Thyroid Nodule Evaluation and Treatment

Thyroid Nodules: Patient Guide – What You Should Know About Thyroid Nodule Evaluation and Treatment

Thyroid Nodules Patient Guide – Below is a general review of the issues patients should understand if they have been found to have a thyroid nodule. It is meant to be general information that patients would want to know. It should be stressed that this is a review of a very complicated subject and that each patient’s situation is unique with particular aspects which might greatly alter some of what we discuss below. We hope that this will be used … Continued

Hope for Chronic Sinusitis Sufferers

Hope for Chronic Sinusitis Sufferers: A Patient Success Story

Characterized by long-lasting and stubborn symptoms of thick, yellow to greenish nasal discharge, post nasal drip, nasal stuffiness, facial pain and possibly swelling, chronic sinusitis can be a frustrating condition for both patients and physicians. According to the Centers for Disease control, an estimated seven million Americans suffer with these and other symptoms related to chronic sinusitis, giving it its position as one of the most prevalent health problems in the country. When Treatment Fails So, when U.R. (initials used … Continued

External Ear Sports Injuries - Wrestling

Sports Related External Ear Injuries: Auricular Hematoma & Cauliflower Ear

Wrestlers, football players, boxers and other participants in contact sports often suffer injuries to the soft tissues of the face and head. Generally, these are minor bumps and bruises (contusions), but sometimes a minor appearing injury to the external ear can lead to a lifetime of disfigurement. This article is intended to educate athletes, coaches, parents, and others who might have experience with cauliflower ear or other sports injuries to the external ear (auricle) about how to identify a potentially … Continued

Zenker's Diverticulum - Tough to Swallow

Zenker’s Diverticulum – Tough to Swallow

According to research, the average person swallows between 600 and 2,000 times a day. Swallowing is a complex process that involves numerous muscles and nerves. We rarely consider this process until swallowing becomes difficult, called dysphagia, or painful, called odynophagia. These symptoms may then lead to additional signs that swallowing is impaired, such as choking, gagging, drooling and coughing. The causes of abnormal swallowing function can range from having a piece of food or bone stuck in the throat to … Continued

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement: Should my child have tubes placed?

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement, or “placing PE tubes”, is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States, and for good reason. Simply put, for the right child, it is a simple, safe procedure, which can help resolve chronic middle ear infections while preventing future infections and eliminating the need for numerous courses of antibiotics. The question is how do we choose “the right child”. Generally, this decision is made along with the parents after carefully reviewing not … Continued

Should my child’s tonsils be removed?

This is one of those questions that many parents face with inadequate information. Often times it is first-time parents who find themselves being asked to make a decision about a very young child’s health with what must seem like a poor understanding of possible risks and benefits of the procedure. Hopefully, this review and commentary will help you make the right decision for your child. Tonsils and adenoids are really just old-fashioned terms for a type of tissue called lymphoid … Continued

Voice Disorder Guide

Voice Disorder Guide: Diagnosis, Types, and Treatment Options

Each year millions of people are affected by voice disorders. For those who rely on their voice to make a living, such as teachers, doctors, actors, singers, and public speakers, problems like chronic hoarseness and vocal fatigue can be devastating. There are many causes of vocal disorders and the underlying problem with many patients is often multifactorial. Vocal overuse, acid reflux, tobacco use, and chronic allergies are a few of the many potential causes of vocal dysfunction. In addition, any patient with persistent hoarseness should be evaluated to rule out laryngeal cancer, a condition where hoarseness is often the first symptom. Proper diagnosis of the disorder is crucial for appropriate treatment.

What Is An Otolaryngologist?

What Is An Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngologists are M.D. or D.O. physicians that are trained in the medical and surgical treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Because of their specialized focus on the ear, nose, and throat, Otolaryngologists are often referred to as ENT Physicians or ENT Doctors. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology is the oldest recognized medical specialty in the United States, dating back as far back … Continued

Raising Voices

Raising Voices: Helping Patients Recover From Voice Disorders

Each year millions of people are affected by voice disorders. For those who rely on their voice to make a living, such as teachers, doctors, actors, singers, and public speakers, problems like chronic hoarseness and vocal fatigue can be devastating. There are many causes of vocal disorders and the underlying etiology is often multifactorial. Vocal overuse, acid reflux, tobacco use, and chronic allergies are a few of the many potential causes of vocal dysfunction. In addition, any patient with persistent … Continued

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