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By Victor Strelzow, MD
February 13, 2020
Category: ENT
Tags: Swallowing   Voice Changes  

Our ENT doctor can rule out cancer-related swallowing disorders or vocal changes.

Noticing changes in your ability to properly swallow food? Dealing with chronic hoarseness that makes it difficult to speak up and be heard? There are a variety of reasons why you might be dealing with voice or swallowing problems and our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist Dr. Victor Strelzow can give you the answers you’re looking for while also providing you with any treatment you might need.

What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. You may feel as if there is food stuck in the back of your throat, you may cough regularly whenever eating something or you may feel as if there is a lump on your throat. If this is a consistent issue then it’s worth turning to a doctor. Dysphagia can be caused by congenital defects, trauma, medications and certain medical conditions. It will be nearly impossible to pinpoint the root cause of your dysphagia unless you turn to our Irvine, CA, ENT doctor.

What can cause vocal changes?

There are a variety of medical conditions and vocal disorders that can impact your speech. Any kind of vocal abuse or misuse can lead to acute hoarseness or a raspy voice. Irritants such as smoke or chronic coughing due to illness can also lead to vocal changes. While some causes will go away it’s important that you see a doctor if you experience,

  • Persistent hoarseness or a sore throat lasting more than two weeks
  • Trouble speaking loudly
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Reduced vocal range
  • Increase mucus in the throat
  • Any additional changes in your voice

Many people turn to our Dr. Strelzow because he has received extensive training to be able to diagnose and also rule out head and neck cancer. Patients who may be concerned that their symptoms may be caused by head and neck cancer, as well as patients who are at an increased risk for these forms of cancer, can find the diagnosis and treatment they need from Dr. Strelzow and his compassionate, caring team.

If you are dealing with hoarseness, vocal changes or trouble swallowing our Irvine, CA, ENT medical team can help. Call our office today at (949) 753-9299.

By Victor Strelzow, MD
January 30, 2020
Category: Snoring
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Get your snoring under control for better sleep and better health.

While snoring every once in a while usually isn’t a cause for concern, if your bed partner has been complaining that you snore loudly everysnoring night, it could be a warning sign of a health problem. Fortunately, our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist Dr. Victor Strelzow has treated a variety of snoring cases to help everyone sleep sounder each night.

Why is Snoring a Problem?

First and foremost, snoring can interrupt not only your sleep but your partner’s sleep, as well. Not having good restorative sleep every night can have a major impact not just on your work performance and your mood but also your health and your marriage.

Furthermore, loud chronic snoring could also be indicative of a serious problem such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes a person to stop breathing throughout the night. Untreated OSA has been linked to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other serious health problems, which is why you should seek medical care if you or someone you love is a loud snorer.

How Our Otolaryngologist Can Help with Snoring

Dr. Strelzow can help provide specific and comprehensive treatment options to patients living with sleep apnea and snoring disorders in and around Irvine, CA. Our ENT practice offers a variety of medical and surgical interventions, depending on the type and cause of your snoring, as well as a patient’s lifestyle and needs. We provide sleep hygiene education and counseling to make sure that you are taking the necessary precautions to get quality sleep each and every night.

Along with counseling and advice, we also offer CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, snoring/sleep apnea adjuvant treatments, as well as surgery to correct nasal, throat and tongue defects that may also be affecting your ability to breathe throughout the night.

If you are looking to get relief from your nocturnal disturbances and improve you and your partner’s sleep call our Irvine, CA, ENT office today at (949) 753-9299 to schedule a consultation with us.

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.





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