Sinus Surgery Ends Decades Of Chronic Sinus Problems For One Married Couple

Congestion & headaches disappear; sleeping & blood pressure improve After 20 years of nasal congestion, constant and severe post-nasal drip, antibiotics, nasal sprays and over-the-counter decongestants, 70-year-old Joe Helms and his wife Louise finally found lasting relief from their chronic sinus problems with sinus surgery at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat. “We tell everyone” said Louise. “There’s no reason to be afraid to have this sinus surgery.” she says, adding, “It changed our lives.” Joe and Louise say that having … Continued

New Techniques Revolutionize Approach To Chronic Sinusitis: Surgery No Longer A Last Resort

The recent development of new Mucosa Sparing procedures has revolutionized our approach to caring for the chronic nasal and sinus patient. Yet, people are still needlessly living with chronic nasal obstruction because they just don’t realize the remedies available to them. Often, sinus symptoms have become such a regular part of a patient’s life, they feel it isn’t noteworthy to mention to a doctor. Patients just assume there’s nothing to do besides take medication. Some may also think of sinus … Continued

Coblation Tonsillectomy Means Less Pain & Quicker Recovery For Patients

Use of Coblation® technology for tonsillectomy has grown significantly in the last several years. Since 1998, CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat has had very positive results with this procedure for both adults and children. It was the first Charlotte-area practice to use Coblation exclusively for removal of tonsils and remains one of the few to utilize this technology. “This technology has essentially revolutionized the tonsillectomy.” CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat founder, William McClelland, M.D., FACS With Coblation, the tonsils are still … Continued

Finding Her Voice: An Outpatient Procedure Restored Patsy’s Voice After Vocal Cord Paralysis

Imagine opening your mouth to speak and your voice can’t get louder than a whisper. You can’t talk on the phone. It’s difficult to order food in a restaurant or even carry on a simple conversation. In an emergency, you can’t cry out for help. This is the world Patsy Blackburn lived in for seven years. After undergoing a left thoracotomy and excision of a small lung cancer in 1999, Patsy had experienced intermittent hoarseness and suffered with the progression … Continued

Breaking The Silence Of Vocal Cord Paralysis

Adult onset vocal cord (or fold) paralysis is due to abnormal nerve input to the laryngeal muscles. The associated nerves are the superior laryngeal nerve and the recurrent laryngeal nerve. The superior laryngeal nerve carries signals to the cricothyroid muscle. The recurrent laryngeal nerve carries signals to different voice box muscles responsible for breathing, coughing, swallowing and vibration during voice use. This nerve is involved in the majority of cases of vocal cord paralysis. Symptoms Adults suffering from vocal cord … Continued