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By Victor Strelzow, MD
November 29, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

You've suffered too long with repeated bouts of sinusitis. The headaches and fatigue are bad enough, but now you have a terrible time balloon sinuplastytrying to breathe through your nose. What can you do? Seek the advice of board-certified ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Victor Strelzow. With wonderful results, he performs a minimally invasive sinusitis treatment in his Irvine, CA office called balloon sinuplasty.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an infection of the frontal sinuses in the face, and it plagues millions of people of all ages. An acute infection lasts up to four weeks, says the American Academy of Otolaryngology. However, if a patient suffers longer than that and has repeated bouts, then sinusitis is considered a chronic problem.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • inability to breathe freely through the nose
  • Tenderness and swelling of the face
  • Reduced ability to taste and smell
  • Bad breath

For decades, otolaryngologists have treated chronic sinusitis with reconstructive surgery, saline sprays, inhaled steroids and antibiotics. However, some patients just do not respond to these interventions.

Balloon sinuplasty

In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration cleared a minimally-invasive, in-office procedure called balloon sinuplasty, and your ear, nose and throat specialist in Irvine offers it to qualified patients. Here's how it works.

Dr. Strelzow uses a topical or local anesthetic to numb the nose and nasal passages. After the patient is comfortable, he gently inserts a wire catheter with an attached balloon. He then inflates the balloon with saline to reshape the congested area of the sinuses. He also instills saline solution in the sinuses themselves to clear out any mucus or pus.

Finally, Dr. Strelzow deflates the balloon and removes the catheter. In all, the procedure takes about an hour and is well-tolerated with a brief recovery time of one to two days.

Patients report a great reduction in symptoms and far fewer episodes after this procedure. Sinus passages are widened and remain open for freer breathing and less chance of infection.

Find out more

Would you like to feel better, breathe easily and go about your daily routine symptom-free? Then learn more about treating your chronic sinusitis with balloon sinuplasty with Dr. Strelzow. His extensive credentials and kind approach to your care will help you achieve your sinus health goals. Call the office for an appointment: (949) 753-9299.
By Victor Strelzow, MD
November 13, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: snoring   sleep disorders  

Getting a good night’s rest doesn’t have to be difficult. We can help!snoring

There is nothing worse than not getting quality sleep. Of course, if you are a snorer or someone dealing with a sleep disorder then you are no stranger to these miserable symptoms. You wake up feeling like you’re in a mental fog that you just can’t shake. Your body isn’t ready to get up and moving, and you’re pretty sure you could fall right back to sleep. Unfortunately, these symptoms don’t often improve much over the course of the day. If this sounds like you, our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist Dr. Victor Strelzow is here to tell you what his team can do to help.

Better Sleep Hygiene

One of the things our Irvine, CA, ENT doctor will do is sit down with you and discuss your sleep habits. After all, a lot of people end up having bad sleep habits without ever knowing it. These problematic habits include watching TV or playing on the phone right before bed, which can easily mess up the quality of your sleep. We can provide you with a list of helpful tips for how to fall asleep faster and have a better night’s rest.

CPAP Treatment

If you have obstructive sleep apnea this is a potentially serious sleep disorder that needs to be treated as soon as possible to prevent health complications like high blood pressure or a heart attack. CPAP therapy is the tried-and-true treatment for managing sleep apnea symptoms and helping you get better sleep. A mask is applied over the face and pressurized air is continuously administered through the mask to keep the airways open throughout the night.

Snoring Palatoplasty

If you have a serious snoring problem that is caused by vibrations from the uvula or soft palate, then we may recommend this procedure in which we use radiofrequency to tighten these structures within the mouth to prevent them from vibrating. Since the procedure stiffens the soft palate and uvula, it can make it less likely that you will snore. Since this procedure is minimally invasive, the recovery period is faster than with other surgical procedures.

If you have questions about the snoring and sleep disorder treatment we offer or you just want to find out which one will work best for you, then it’s time you schedule an appointment with our Irvine, CA, ENT specialist, Dr. Strelzow, today.

Breathe in that breath of fresh air thanks to our Irvine ENT specialist.Rigid Nasal Endoscopy, Balloon Sinuplasty, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

While most people will deal with nasal congestion and sinus issues at least a few times in their lifetime, there are some people who face nasal or sinus disorders on a regular basis. Maybe you find that you have difficulty breathing properly due to a deviated septum. Maybe you find yourself snoring or dealing with frequent nosebleeds. Fortunately, our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist, Dr. Victor Strelzow, offers state-of-the-art and less invasive ways to treat your serious sinus and nasal conditions. Here are just some of the advanced treatments we offer:

Rigid Nasal Endoscopy

Whether you are dealing with chronic nasal congestion, facial pain or other sinus issues it’s important that you get to the bottom of these problems. If you aren’t finding relief through at-home measures, or if your symptoms are severe, it’s time you had our Irvine ENT doctor take a look.

Through the use of our rigid nasal endoscopy and fiber-optic flexible endoscopy, we make it easier than ever to get a fast, accurate diagnosis so that we can get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Being able to get answers for what’s causing your symptoms can really bring you the peace of mind you’ve been looking for.

Balloon Sinuplasty

If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis (lasting over 12 weeks) and conservative treatments aren’t able to fully address your symptoms then it’s time you talked to us about whether balloon sinuplasty is the next best option for you.

Instead of undergoing invasive surgery that requires incisions or sometimes bone or tissue removal, this minimally invasive procedure uses a balloon catheter to open up the nasal passages and remove the blockage. No incisions, no cutting, fewer post-treatment side effects and a faster recovery time means an ideal way to treat your serious or long-term sinusitis.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Thanks to advanced digital technology, we are now able to offer another minimally invasive and much safer way to perform sinus surgery without the potential for serious post-operative side effects or complications and with a shorter recovery time. This procedure is most often recommended if there is a potential issue within the bone or tissues of the nasal or sinus passageways that need to be removed.

Unlike balloon sinuplasty, which doesn’t involve any incisions or cutting, this procedure may be performed if there an obstruction, nasal polyp or deviated septum may be causing you serious issues and a structural issue needs to be corrected.

Don’t you want to say goodbye to your sinus problems once and for all? If so, find out how we can help. Call our Irvine, CA, ENT office and schedule a consultation with us right away. Let’s help you find the relief you need.

By Victor Strelzow, MD
March 07, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: face surgery   neck surgery  

There are many instances where face or neck reconstruction surgery may be required. Individuals with skin cancer, masses or growth in face surgery, neck surgerythat area, nose or sinus malignancies, throat or voicebox problems, enlargement of the thyroid gland or with parathyroid gland disorders are just some of the people who may need the help of a face and neck surgery specialist in Irvine, CA such as Dr. Victor Strelzow.

About Face & Neck Surgery

Reconstruction of the face and neck requires extensive training in soft tissue reconstruction techniques. This surgery aims to repair the area back to both function and appearance without any consequences of surgery. Each situation requires a consultation with a face and neck surgery specialist in Irvine to determine the best approach to each patient’s surgery.

When considering a facial reconstruction surgery, the extent of the defect, the patient’s functional needs such as swallowing and the amount and type of tissue required are all important factors to consider. After the technique is decided upon, a patient will be notified of all the potential risks associated with the surgery.

After surgery, the patient spends the first night in the intensive care unit in the hospital where they are monitored closely. The patient will remain there for at least a week’s time so they are monitored closely to ensure proper healing. They will have check-ups with nurses, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons and therapists who all will guide their healing process.

This type of surgery is highly personal and relative to each patient and their situation. This makes finding an experienced face and neck surgery specialist in Irvine, CA such as Dr. Strelzow important. To schedule an informative consultation with Dr. Strelzow, call 949-753-9299 today.

By Victor Strelzow, MD
January 12, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: sinus problems   sinusitis  

Anyone who has ever had sinusitis knows that the congestion and stuffiness associated with it can make breathing difficult. For Sinusitisindividuals who are afflicted with chronic sinusitis, having trouble breathing can be an ongoing struggle. Fortunately, there are sinusitis treatments in Irvine, CA, to help you breathe better. An experienced Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, such as Dr. Victor Strelzow, can help you determine which treatment method might be most effective for you.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a sinus infection caused by inflammation or a blockage in the pathways that help the sinuses drain. When the sinus pathways are blocked or swollen due to inflammation, they cannot drain properly, which can lead to congestion, trouble breathing, sinus headaches and other symptoms. Antibiotics and nasal decongestants can provide some relief from the symptoms of sinusitis. However, individuals who struggle with chronic sinusitis can benefit from more advanced treatment methods, such as endoscopic sinus surgery.

Treatment Methods

Before a particular treatment method is chosen, Dr. Strelzow will perform diagnostic testing during your in-office exam in order to accurately diagnose your specific sinus problems(s). Once a diagnosis has been made, possible treatments for sinusitis include endoscopic sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty dilation procedure. Not all Ear, Nose and Throat doctors are able to provide these particular sinusitis treatments in Irvine, CA. Be sure to see a doctor with experience performing these procedures.

Endoscopic sinus surgery can provide long-lasting relief from chronic sinusitis. During the surgical procedure, a tool called an endoscope is placed inside the nose. The endoscope allows the doctor to clearly view the sinuses and clear them of any blockages, such as excessive tissue, small portions of bone or eve polyps. The procedure typically takes between 30 and 90 minutes to complete and patients go home the same day. Follow-up appointments are needed for a few weeks following surgery so that the doctor can clear out any mucus or dried blood.

Balloon sinuplasty is an alternative method to endoscopic sinus surgery for treating chronic sinusitis. This method does not involve cutting any tissue or bone. During the procedure, a flexible balloon catheter is inserted into the sinus pathways. Once inside, the balloon is inflated. As it inflates, the sinus pathways begin to expand. Saline is then sprayed inside the sinuses, which helps flush out mucus and anything else clogging up the sinuses. After flushing out the sinuses, the balloon catheter is removed and the sinuses remain open and clear.

Sinusitis can make it difficult to breathe easily, but there are treatments that can help you breathe better. In Irvine, sinusitis treatment is available from the office of Dr. Strelzow. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (949) 753-9299.

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