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July 29, 2008

New Webpage on Nasal Obstruction and Congestion

A new webpage has been added to our practice's website summarizing the various causes of nasal obstruction and congestion in patients. The most common causes include turbinate hypertrophy, deviated septum, allergies, and adenoid hypertrophy.

Read more about this aggravating symptom here.

July 26, 2008

New Webpage on the Deviated Septum and Its Correction (Septoplasty)

There is a new webpage describing what a deviated septum is and how it is corrected complete with illustrations. For those who don't know what a deviated septum is, one must first know what a nasal septum is. A nasal septum is a intra-nasal wall that separates the right and left sides of the nasal cavity. A deviated septum is when this wall is buckled over to one side resulting in nasal obstruction. The surgical correction for a deviated septum is called a septoplasty. It is one of the most common procedures an ENT surgeon performs.

Please read more about this topic here.

July 19, 2008

New Slideshow of Endoscopic Staple Diverticulostomy for Zenker's Diverticulum

A new slideshow describing a patient's experience from check-in to post-procedure recovery after Endoscopic Staple Diverticulostomy (ESD) has been added to our practice's Zenker's Diverticulum website. A total of 12 slides is shown.

Also new is a webpage comparing the different surgical approaches (ESD vs Endoscopic CO2 Laser vs Open Transcervical) to treat Zenker's Diverticulum.

For those not familiar with this procedure, it is a minimally invasive endoscopic approach used to treat patients with Zenker's Diverticulum. A Zenker's Diverticulum is an abnormal pouch located in the throat that traps food resulting in food regurgitation, swallowing difficulties, and aspiration. The neat thing about the ESD procedure is that it takes less than 45 minutes to perform and patients are allowed to start eating that evening. Furthermore, there are no incisions created in the neck. Everything is done through the mouth.

The alternative operation requires an incision in the neck and patients are in the hospital up to 1 week, not allowed to eat or drink during that time period.

July 16, 2008

New Video Example of a Glottic Mass Causing a Weak Voice

A new video of a 17 years old female with a weak and dampened voice due to a large glottic mass has been posted. The glottic mass (granulation tissue) is located at the anterior or front part of the voicebox right between the vocal cords. This mass prevents the vocal cords from coming together precisely and also dampens the vocal cord vibrations from mass effect resulting in her weak voice. When she tries to phonate, she exhibits a supraglottic squeeze as her voicebox muscles tries (in vain) to obtain a normal voice by squeezing ever harder to get the vocal cords to come together. In this particular scenario, the muscle tension is compensating for an underlying problem and is an example of compensatory muscle tension dysphonia.

Click here to read more about this and watch the video.

July 03, 2008

Real-Time 3D Image Guided Sinus Surgery at Fauquier ENT

Fauquier ENT is now able to provide state-of-the-art sinus surgery utilizing BrainLAB, an innovative technology in the area of 3D image-guided sinus surgery. What exactly is image-guided sinus surgery? Think of it as GPS in 3 dimensions for the surgeon to safely navigate your sinus cavities and therefore minimize surgical sinus complications such as brain fluid leakage and eye damage.

Not all patients needing sinus surgery are candidates for image guidance. Ideal candidates for sinus surgery image-guidance are those patients with nasal polyps, had sinus surgery in the past, and those patients with sinus disease involving the sphenoid and/or frontal sinus cavities.

Please contact our office for an appointment if you feel this technology is for you!

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