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Posts for: November, 2017

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.