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Learn more about getting sinus surgery in San Antonio and who’s a good candidate for this procedure.
Are you living with chronic sinus infections in San Antonio, TX? If so, our otolaryngologist Dr. Christine Gilliam offers several treatment options to help you get your symptoms under control. Of course, if your symptoms don’t seem to change despite trying a variety of different nonsurgical treatments then it may be time to consider whether you could benefit from surgery. Learn more about sinus surgery and what it entails.
What is involved in sinus surgery?
In this day and age of advanced medical technology, our San Antonio ENT doctor is able to offer a minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery option to treat patients dealing with severe and chronic sinus infections. Endoscopic sinus surgery is less invasive, doesn’t require any cutting or removal of tissue and bone, and boasts a faster recovery time than traditional sinus surgery.
During endoscopic sinus surgery a thin flexible tube (an endoscope) sometimes with a deflated balloon at the end is guided through the nasal cavity. Once it is fully inserted, we will slowly inflate the balloon, which will open up the blocked nasal cavity and allow it to fully drain. Once the cavity is unblocked we can wash out the sinuses to remove the bacteria responsible for your infections before removing the endoscope.
How long is the recovery period?
The length of your recovery will depend on several factors including your overall health and which type of sinus surgery you are getting. After all, some patients may need to undergo traditional sinus surgery instead of endoscopic surgery, which will have a longer recovery process. You should allow yourself a few days to recover before returning to work and normal activities. Patients who’ve undergone endoscopic sinus surgery can often return to work within 48-72 hours.
Are there any side effects of sinus surgery?
It is common for there to be some bleeding for a couple of days after endoscopic surgery. Since endoscopic surgery is only minimally invasive any swelling, discomfort or bleeding you experience will be very minor and will often go away with 2-3 days. We will provide you with thorough self-care instructions.
Will surgery relieve my symptoms permanently?
Endoscopic sinus surgery is extremely effective and research has even found that as many as 97 percent who underwent sinuplasty experienced a long-term improvement in their sinus symptoms. It is important to keep in mind that this surgery is not a cure-all. It is still possible for some patients to get sinus infections even after surgery, but the frequency and severity of your symptoms should be greatly reduced.
Are you living with severe or persistent sinus issues? If your sinus problems are affecting your quality of life then it’s time to turn to Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, to find out if endoscopic sinus surgery is right for you.
Do you have allergies? These common conditions are reactions by your immune system to harmless substances, and they can make you miserable and even put your life at risk. Led by Dr. Christine Gilliam, ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, offers allergy testing and treatment—read below to learn if you are suffering from allergies and could benefit from the Center's services!
Pollen, a plant released spore, is one of the most common causes of allergies in America. The symptoms of a pollen allergy can include itchy, red, and watery eyes, coughing, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy throat, and wheezing.
If you have experienced an allergic reaction after taking medication, you may have a drug allergy. In many cases, the allergic reaction is mild, though severe cases can lead to anaphylactic shock and may be life-threatening. A severe, widespread allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis, and it may affect your skin, airways, and organs. Symptoms of a drug allergy can include rash, hives, fever, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, and swelling.
Food allergies affect both children and adults. Symptoms of a food allergy can include hives, wheezing, dizziness, digestive problems, or swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat. Severe reactions can be life-threatening.
A skin allergy occurs when your skin touches something that your immune system believes is harmful—even though it isn't. Causes can include contact with poison ivy, cosmetics, latex, perfume, dyes, topical medications, detergent, and some metals. If you have a skin allergy, your skin may turn rough, dry, and scaly, as well as develop a reddish color, swell into hives, ooze, or crack as a result of irritation.
One of the most common indoor allergens, this allergy is caused by dust mites, which are tiny bugs that feed off house dust and the moisture in the air. Accordingly, people with dust allergies often suffer the most inside their homes. The symptoms of a dust allergy can include sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, runny nose, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.
Do pet allergies have you sneezing again? A pet allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to proteins in an animal's skin cells, saliva, or urine. Pet allergies can run in families and occur more often in people with asthma. The symptoms of a pet allergy can include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, watery eyes, itchy throat, and sneezing.
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Allergies can interfere with your day-to-day activities and decrease the quality of your life. Get relief today with one of San Antonio's top ENT doctors. Call Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center at (210) 647-3838 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christine Gilliam. We want you to live your best possible life!
There are a few clear indications that your child may have an ear infection, and they shouldn’t be ignored. An urgent exam and treatment are recommended if there are any signs of concern. These infections are very common in very young children because of their yet-to-be-fully-developed ears and exposure to harmful bacteria. Find out more about common ear infections in children and how they’ll be treated by a San Antonio, TX, pediatric ENT at Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center.
Ear Infections in Children
Approximately three out of four children are diagnosed with ear infections each year according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, so it is quite common. It is usually caused by bad bacteria invading the inner tissues of the ear, making it painful and irritated. Acute otitis media is the typical type of ear infection that children are diagnosed with. Infected fluid fills the area behind the eardrum, causing earache, redness, and fever. Serous otitis media is when non-infected fluid is in the ear. Chronic otitis media is a recurrent condition that could affect a child’s ability to fight off infections. Your San Antonio pediatric ENT will check your child's ear for signs of fluid and evaluate his or her hearing ability.
Ear Infection Causes and Risks
It’s likely that an ear infection in a child is due to allergies, exposure to cigarette smoke, or simply being around another infected child. Some ear problems may be caused by a foreign object that has been lodged inside of the ear canal. Undiagnosed and untreated, an ear infection presents a number of risks. Fluid in the ear may reduce the child’s ability to hear, which can affect his or her performance in school. A chronic case could cause permanent hearing loss in serious cases.
Treating a Pediatric Ear Infection
In some cases, the best treatment is to have the infection officially diagnosed by your San Antonio pediatric ENT and then monitor the case, allowing time for it to heal on its own. Some ear infections clear up on their own after a while. In other cases, a course of antibiotic medicine is required. Pressure Equalization (PE) tubes or ear tube surgery may be necessary in chronic cases. If your doctor discovers an object inside of the ear or trapped water after swimming, it will be safely removed in the office.
Have Your Child Examined
If you’re concerned that your child is complaining of ear discomfort, or struggling to hear normal sounds, don’t hesitate to visit Dr. Christine Gilliam, a pediatric ENT at Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, for a checkup. Call (210) 647-3838 today to schedule your appointment.
What your ENT specialists in San Antonio want you to know
If you suffer from sinus issues, you already know how annoying and uncomfortable they can be. You’ve probably tried over-the-counter medications, nasal rinses, and other products only to find your sinus issues coming back. You may want to think about a more permanent solution, sinus surgery! Your ear, nose, and throat specialists at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, wants to share how sinus surgery can help you.
Modern sinus surgery is quick, more comfortable and can get you back to living your life with minimal downtime. Thanks to modern, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, sinus surgery has become far less invasive, and far easier than ever before. These are just a few of the sinus conditions treated with sinus surgery:
- Recurrent sinusitis or sinus headaches
- Recurrent infections in your sinuses
- Nasal polyps or other abnormal sinus growths
- Fungal sinus disease
- Abnormal nasal or sinus structures or obstructions
There are many different types of sinus surgery. Many are minimally invasive and are often performed on an outpatient basis. Consider:
Balloon sinuplasty, using an ultra-thin catheter with a balloon attached to the end. The catheter is inserted into your nostril and moved up through your nasal and sinus passages. When it reaches an obstruction, the balloon is inflated, which opens the blockage so you can breathe normally again. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter and balloon are taken out.
Endoscopic surgery, using a thin tube called an endoscope; the tube is inserted into your nostril and moved up through your nasal passages and sinuses. Endoscopic surgery is often used to remove nasal and sinus polyps and other abnormal sinus growths.
There are more serious sinus conditions that may need more extensive treatment. Open sinus surgery is often indicated for cases of sinus cancer, to remove diseased tissue, or to correct structural abnormalities in your nose or sinuses.
Sinus surgery can help you get relief from a variety of recurrent, chronic sinus problems. You deserve a life of breathing well, so just pick up the phone and call your ear, nose and throat specialists at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX. Call today and breathe better tomorrow!
Don’t let chronic sinusitis become the norm. We can help!
While dealing with the occasional sinus infection may be a nuisance, most of the time the symptoms go away and the infection is quickly forgotten; however, there are others who deal with chronic sinusitis, in which symptoms last over 12 weeks. If this is something you’re dealing with and you haven’t found relief from other treatment options then it’s time to talk to our San Antonio, TX otolaryngologist, Dr. Christine Gilliam, about balloon sinuplasty.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
This procedure offers a way for chronic sinusitis sufferers to finally get the relief they need that they aren’t able to get through medication or other treatment options. During this procedure, a small catheter with a deflated balloon at its end is gently guided into the blocked nasal cavity.
From there, we will carefully inflate the balloon to open up the airways and remove the blockage. We will administer saline through the catheter to remove any bacteria or pus that may be present. Once the nasal cavity has been clear, the catheter is removed but the airways remain open.
This whole procedure can be performed right here in our office as an outpatient procedure and it only takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
What are the benefits of getting balloon sinuplasty?
There are many benefits to getting balloon sinuplasty in San Antonio. Not only is this an effective treatment option for those dealing with chronic sinusitis who can’t find relief through traditional methods but also it can be done without the need for surgery. Traditional sinus surgery requires incisions and even bone removal, which also means a longer recovery period for the patient. On the other hand, balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any cutting, or removal or shaving of bones.
Those who also have trouble undergoing general anesthesia may not be good candidates for traditional sinus surgery. Luckily, those patients may still be great candidates for balloon sinuplasty since only local anesthesia is needed.
As we mentioned earlier, because this procedure is only minimally invasive not only will you be able to go home right after your treatment but also most people find that they are able to return to their normal routine and activities after only two days.
If you are dealing with chronic sinusitis then it’s time to find out more about how balloon sinuplasty could help you. Call Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, to schedule a consultation with us.