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April 28, 2008

Normal Post-Tonsillectomy Appearance

Often, patients become disturbed with the way their throat looks after a tonsillectomy. However, many of the concerns are unfounded and the appearance though disturbing, is actually normal. The white plaques where the tonsils used to be are actually scabs. Just like a scab on a cut elbow turns white after taking a shower or swimming, the scabs in the throat/mouth turn white from the saliva.

Also, the uvula is swollen (3-4X bigger than usual) which also is normal and will improve over the weeks. Hopefully, the NORMAL pictures shown here will reassure patients who are concerned with their throat appearance after tonsillectomy.

These particular pictures were taken 1-7 days after tonsillectomy.

To see pictures of what abnormal bleeding after tonsillectomy looks like, click here.

April 25, 2008

Patient Testimonials

A new webpage has been added listing testimonies from patients as well as visitors to our website. Click here to take a look.

April 20, 2008

Instruction on Correct Amounts to Use for Allergy Shots

New information with pictures has been added to our instructional webpage on how to administer correct doses for allergy shots. Given many non-allergy physician offices find themselves giving allergy shots due to patient convenience, our office has created this information to ensure mistakes are not made due to unfamiliarity.

Click here to check it out!

Phone Reminder System Upgrade

We have recently upgraded our practice's phone appointment reminder system to Televox. We hope that people like this system better than our prior system. Appointment reminders will be called 2 business days prior to a scheduled appointment.

Also, we will begin calling patients who are giving themselves allergy shots at home when their allergy vial is soon going to expire. As allergy patients should know, using an expired allergy vial is dangerous and requires one to re-build back up to maintenance in a physician office with the new allergy vial. These calls will be made one month prior to an expiration.

April 14, 2008

Laryngospasm Pressure Point

There is a technique that has been around for at least half a century that may help patients who suffer from laryngospasm attacks.

It is actually a technique used by anesthesiologists to abort laryngospasm while a person is under general anesthesia. Basically, there is a "pressure point" known as the laryngospasm notch located right behind a person's earlobe, but in front of the mastoid bone. One needs to press very firmly deep and forward towards the nose on both sides when an attack occurs. If performed properly, it should hurt quite a bit and resolve the attack quite rapidly (within 10 seconds). This technique is called the "Larson Maneuver".

Here is a link to a journal article on the laryngospasm pressure point.

Read more about vocal cord dysfunction and laryngospasm here.

Video demonstrating the Larson maneuver is shown below.

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