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Otolaryngology (ENT)


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1625 Medical Center Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

719-635-5148

Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/gol/oh/jee) is a medical specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck. It is the oldest medical specialty in the United States and is commonly referred to as "ENT".

Otolaryngologists diagnose and manage diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, and throat, as well as structures of the neck and face.

The ears - Hearing loss effects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of Otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), and some cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.

The nose - About 25 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of Otolaryngologists. CSHP’s ENT physicians offer a simple in-office procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty that can give sinus-sufferers lasting relief! Visit the Balloon Sinuplasty tab for more information. Problems in the nasal area include allergies, smell disorders, polyps, and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum. Otolaryngologists can also correct the appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty surgery).

The throat - Communicating (speech and signing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Specific to Otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box), and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.

The head and neck - This area of the body includes the important functions of sight, smell, hearing, and the appearance of the face. In the head and neck area, Otolaryngologists are trained to treat infections, benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Why would I need to see an Otolaryngologist?
There are many reasons why a person may need to see an Otolaryngologist. Our Board-Certified Otolaryngologist is frequently asked to evaluate the following problems but can treat much more: 
    Dizziness/Vertigo   Ear Aches   Sinus Pressure   Headaches   etc.


CSHP Otolaryngology also offers cosmetic surgery, facial plastic surgery, Botox and Juvederm. Click here or contact us at 719-635-5148 for more information.

Reference: American Academy of Otolaryngology http://www.entnet.org/healthinformation/Otolaryngologist.cfm

BALLOON SINUPLASTY

Have your sinus symptoms not responded well to medication?
Sinus relief is here.

Standard of care begins with medical therapy (antibiotics and steroids)
For patients suffering from chronic sinusitis, symptoms may include pressure, pain, congestion, and fatigue.

After medical therapy has been attempted, a candidate may have 3 options:
  1. Try medical therapy again.
  2. Have an in-office Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.
  3. Go to the operating room (OR) for surgery under general anesthesia with or without Balloon Sinuplasty.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens sinus passages.
It relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis.

Step 1 - A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
Step 2 - The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.
Step 3 - Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.
Step 4 - The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.

Safe: More than 250,000 patients have been treated by physicians using Balloon Sinuplasty technology.

Proven Effective: Most patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life through 2 years following surgery.1

Fast Recovery: While recovery time varies with each patient, recovery is typically fast. In a study of in-office balloon dilation, most patients returned to work and normal activity within 2 days.2

Please speak with your doctor to see if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.

1 Weiss R, Church C, et al. Long-term outcome analysis of balloon catheter sinusotomy: two-year follow up. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.139:S38-S46, 2008.
2 Karanfilov B, Silvers S, et al. Office-based balloon sinus dilation: a prospective, multicenter study of 203 patients. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2012;Nov 7. doi:10.1002/alr.21112.
Reference: http://www.balloonsinuplasty.com/, http://www.acclarent.com/

PROPEL IMPLANT

PROPEL is clinically proven to improve surgical outcomes for chronic sinusitis sufferers.

When placed in the sinus following surgery, PROPEL decreases scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as oral steroids and their potential side effects1.

The spring-like PROPEL implant props open the ethmoid sinus to maintain the surgical opening, delivers an anti-inflammatory medication directly to the sinus lining, and then dissolves, avoiding the need for removal.

Talk with your doctor to see if PROPEL is the right option for you.

 


1 Han JK, Marple BF, Smith TL et al. IFAR.2012; 2:271-279.
PROPEL® is a registered trademark of Intersect ENT, Inc.

VOICE DISORDERS

Voice problems can limit our ability to communicate and can hamper our daily activities - particularly in the case of those who use their voices professionally. Voice disorders can be caused by chronic misuse and overuse as well as more serious conditions such as polyps, cysts, or even laryngeal cancer. Commonly reported symptoms of a voice problem may include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Chronic dry, scratchy throat
  • Soreness and tightness in the throat
  • Limitations in the ability to speak clearly
  • A change in voice pitch or a pitch/tone that is not pleasing
  • Periods of voice loss
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Breathy voice





Digital Laryngeal Stroboscopy is a high-resolution imaging technology used in the leading voice clinics and academic hospitals worldwide to accurately evaluate voice problems. Stroboscopy uses a flashing light which creates a slow-motion view of the vocal folds to clearly identify abnormalities in vocal fold movement that cannot be observed using any other technique. This technology allows for a more comprehensive examination and, ultimately, more accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment planning.

As one of only a few providers of Digital Laryngeal Stroboscopy in the Pikes Peak region, Dr. David Book provides the benefit of this cutting-edge technology for the evaluation of voice.

To arrange a voice evaluation, please call 719-635-5148.

AUDIOLOGISTS

What do Audiologists do?

Audiologists identify and treat people who have hearing, balance or other ear related problems. Hearing disorders can result from many different causes, such as, trauma at birth, viral infections, genetic disorders, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, or aging. Through using a variety of testing devices including audiometers and computers, they measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, the ability to distinguish between sounds, the nature and extent of hearing loss and the impact of hearing loss on an individual's daily life.


Audiologists examine people of all ages and work to assess the nature and extent of the problems and help the individuals manage them. They also use computer equipment to evaluate and diagnose balance disorders. Audiologists interpret the examination results and determine and administer the course of treatment. Throughout treatment, they can assess the effectiveness of treatment and change the plan as it becomes necessary. Treatment may include examining and cleaning the ear canal, recommending, fitting and dispensing hearing aids, and fitting and programming cochlear implants.

Reference:
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.studentscholarships.org/salary/480/audiologists.php

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