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February 28, 2009

New Webpage on Uvulectomy (Uvula Excision) for Snoring Cure

A new webpage has been posted describing the uvulectomy procedure (uvula excision) to reduce if not cure snoring. This procedure is an out-patient, in-office, unsedated procedure performed under local anesthesia and takes no more than 15 minutes to perform.

Click here for more info!

February 27, 2009

Injection Snoreplasty Offered! A Less Costly Way to Cure Snoring!

We now offer a less costly alternative surgical procedure to significantly reduce and even cure snoring. This procedure is known as injection snoreplasty. This procedure is done under local anesthesia in our office and consists of a single injection into the palate right above the uvula. That's it! Approximately 70-80% of patients report significant improvement in snoring. 50% do require a second injection for maximum benefit.

Best of all, it is effective yet less costly than more expensive alternative surgical procedures to address snoring... less expensive than the Pillar Procedure (cost ~$1500), coblation palatoplasty (cost ~$1000), uvula excision (cost ~$500), etc.

Please call our office for an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this innovative procedure.

References regarding this procedure are provided below with links.

• Single dose injection snoreplasty: investigation or treatment? J Laryngol Otol. 2008 Nov;122(11):1190-3. Link
• Radiofrequency versus injection snoreplasty in simple snoring. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Aug;133(2):224-8. Link
• Injection snoreplasty: investigation of alternative sclerotherapy agents. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Jan;130(1):47-5. Link
• Injection snoreplasty: extended follow-up and new objective data. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 May;128(5):605-15. Link
• Injection snoreplasty: how to treat snoring without all the pain and expense. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 May;124(5):503-10. Link

February 23, 2009

Fauquier ENT Has Been Selected to Become a YouTube Partner

Our YouTube channel has recently been selected by YouTube to become a partner. What does this mean? It means we have just become a larger presence on the internet through the videos we have produced in our office. This is very exciting for us as it increases our practice visibility not only regionally, but nationally.

February 22, 2009

Allergy CURE in a Pill???

Well... possibly just for grasses at this time and only in Europe. Grazax®, a grass-pollen allergen tablet, is now (in Europe) available for children and is made by Allergy Company ALK-Abelló. Grazax is the ONLY non-injection immunotherapy licensed to treat children suffering from severe hay fever caused by grass pollen allergy.

Grazax has been available for use in adults in Europe since January 2007. It's a once daily, fast-melting tablet which is placed under the tongue. Traditionally, immunotherapy has been given by injection but the tablet formulation is more convenient and easier to use. Sublingual allergy drops has been around for much longer and is already offered by some practices in the United States.

Grazax (as far as I know) is not available in the United States... yet...

February 21, 2009

Coblation Turbinate Reduction to be Featured on TV

Coblation Turbinate Reduction, a procedure offered at Fauquier ENT, will be featured on “The Doctors” TV show airing this Monday, February 23 at 4pm on Channel 9 (Washington DC, Northern Virginia). Click here for local listings.

Show has aired and can be viewed here.

NEW Office Hours after July 1, 2009

Our office hours will change after July 1, 2009 which will affect not only appointments to see the doctor, but also hours when allergy shots are able to be administered. The new hours after July 1, 2009 are as follows:

Office Hours:

8:30AM - 4:30PM
8:30AM - 4:30PM
8:30AM - 3:30PM
8:30AM - 4:30PM
8:30AM - 12:00PM

Allergy Shot Hours:

1:00PM - 4:30PM
8:30AM - 4:30PM
1:00PM - 3:30PM
8:30AM - 4:30PM
8:30AM - 12:00PM

New Webpage on Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A new webpage has been created describing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its treatment. OSA is a serious medical condition suggested by severe snoring that may lead to increased risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and even death. Click here to read more about how to diagnose and correct this problem.

New Video on the Sleep Study

A new video has been uploaded to our YouTube channel describing what exactly happens when you go to a sleep center to get a sleep study done. Sleep studies are often prescribed by your physician when there is some concern that a patient may have a sleep disturbance like obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring, apneas, morning headaches, daytime tiredness are some common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea which may lead to higher risk of stroke, heart attacks, hypertension, and even death unless corrected.

This video was produced in cooperation with Commonwealth Sleep Center in Gainesville, VA. Check it out here or watch it below:

February 11, 2009

New Webpage on Tracheostomy

A new webpage has been added to our website detailing the tracheostomy procedure. At this time, there are actual surgical pictures showing step-by-step how this procedure is performed. In the future, we will plan to add additional pictures describing other aspects of the trach. Check out the webpage!

February 10, 2009

New Video of 3D Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

A new video has been added to our YouTube channel demonstrating how 3D Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is performed. BrainLAB technology is used in this particular surgery and demonstrates how real-time localization information is provided on instruments used during sinus surgery. Click here to check it out on YouTube or watch below.

February 04, 2009

It's a Cake!!! Really!

On a more humorous note, I came across this blog article depicting cakes representing various organ parts of the human body. This may be the one situation where cannibalistic tendencies may be forgiven... I think...

Snoring Cure!

There are many reasons why a person snores. However, for many people, the snore is due to the vibration of an extremely long uvula. The uvula, for those who don't know, is the little dangly thing in the back of the mouth.

Removal of the uvula (if the snore is due to this structure), may result in the reduction and possibly elimination of a person's snore... permanently.

Health insurance will NOT cover this type of procedure as snoring is considered "cosmetic." As such, a patient will need to pay out-of-pocket to receive this treatment.

However, if snoring is due to a more serious underlying medical condition like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), than insurance will pay for treatment according to established guidelines (sleep study confirmation of OSA followed by CPAP use for at least 3 months prior to any type of surgical intervention).

Please call our office for an appointment (540-347-0505) if you have a long uvula and you snore!

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