Offering effective treatments that provide relief from chronic sinus and ear problems. Arrange a consultation with Dr. Rotenberg to find out which treatments may be right for you.
Many people have experienced the discomfort of congested sinuses. Sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become swollen and the opening is blocked. This prevents mucus from draining and can lead to infection and inflammation. People that suffer with chronic sinusitis can have a great deal of chronic pain or infection that can significantly affect quality of life. Many people can get lasting relief from this problem with a procedure called balloon sinuplasty.
Dr. Rotenberg is a fellowship trained and experienced sinus specialist and can help you determine if the balloon sinuplasty is right for you. This minimally invasive procedure expands sinus openings by inserting a tiny balloon and gradually inflating it. This gently restructures and widens the opening without requiring the removal of any tissue, which in turn helps to restore normal sinus functioning.
The recovery time for this procedure is minimal and patients can experience effective and lasting results.
Eustachian Tube Dilation
The Eustachian tube is the small conduit that runs between the nose and the middle ear. Its purpose is to provide ventilation for the middle ear, protect it from infection and disease and also to help drain any discharge. These tubes also regulate the air pressure in the ears. Though typically closed, the tubes briefly open when you swallow, yawn or chew to allow air in and equalize the pressure.
These tiny tubes can become blocked for a number of reasons. When this happens, it causes pain, hearing difficulties, and a feeling of fullness in the ears. It is called Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) and it is caused by the valve failing to open and/or close properly. ETD affects approximately 5% of the adult population. Pain in the ears can happen when flying, or driving on hills, or even during regular activities.
Severe or persistent cases of ETD may benefit from an intervention such as Eustachian tube dilation. Dr. Rotenberg can assist patients by inserting a small balloon through the nose and into the Eustachian tube. The balloon is then gently inflated which opens the pathway for mucus and air to flow more easily. Once the tube is expanded, the balloon is deflated and removed.
This process requires a general anesthesia but patients can go home the same day and return to normal activities.