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Nasal & Sinus Disorders / Rhinology 3

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Nasal Obstruction Nasal and Sinus Endoscopy
Allergies / Allergic Rhinitis Sinus CT Imaging
Chronic Sinusitis Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Nasal Polyps Balloon Sinuplasty
Nasal Fractures or deformity Intraoperative Computer Assisted Image Guidance
Smell and Taste Disorders

Smell and Taste Disorders

Taste and smell disorders are closely related, common conditions that affect the chemosensation system and may develop as a result of genetic factors, injury, upper respiratory infections or exposure to certain chemicals. Taste and smell disorders can be temporary or permanent, and may include:

Hypogeusia Dysgeusia Dysosmia
Aqeusia Anosmia Hyperosmia

While taste and smell disorders are not serious, they can often affect your daily life and may lead to unpleasant side effects. Treatment for these conditions usually focuses on treating the underlying cause of the condition, while direct treatments may range from simple lifestyle changes to surgery. 

Olfactory Function Testing

Olfactory function testing is done to determine whether or not you suffer from a disorder involving your sense of smell. Your doctor at Southern California Head and Neck will place a group of odors in front of you and ask you to identify each one. A diagnosis can usually be made immediately after the test, and a customized treatment plan is then created for your individual condition.

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Nasal and Sinus Endoscopy

046_IMG_1540A nasal or sinus endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure performed under only a local anesthetic with the use of a thin, flexible, lighted camera called an endoscope. The endoscope is inserted into your nostrils, allowing for internal visualization of your nasal cavity and sinuses. After an endoscopy, your doctor can immediately provide you with a diagnosis and a customized treatment plan regarding your individual condition. An endoscopy can also be used to perform certain surgeries; the tools are passed alongside the endoscope, with no external incisions required and a quicker recovery time than traditional surgery. We perform nasal and sinus endoscopy procedures within our Los Angeles area office location.

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Sinus CT Imaging

Sinus CT imaging is a minimally invasive exam in which images are taken of your sinuses, similar to an x-ray. This exam is helpful in diagnosing sinusitis and many other conditions of the sinuses. During the exam, you will be asked to lie still, while the CT scanner takes images of your sinuses. Sinus CT imaging usually takes about 10 minutes, and does not require an anesthetic. After the exam, patients can immediately resume their normal activities. We use the Xoran MiniCAT CT scanner in our Santa Monica office, which allows for immediate results and uses about one-tenth the amount of radiation of a conventional CT scan.

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Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to remove blockages in the sinuses for recurring sinus infections. During the procedure, a thin lighted tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the nose to let the doctor visually examine the area. Tiny surgical instruments are then inserted to remove the obstructive tissues. Endoscopic sinus surgery does not require any incision, as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in our Los Angeles area office, and patients can go home the same day. Most experience a major relief in symptoms such as facial pain and swelling, difficulty breathing and headaches.

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Balloon Sinuplasty

p-iStock_000004758042SmallThe painful symptoms associated with sinusitis can be overwhelming for the millions of Americans affected by this condition each year. Patients suffering from chronic sinusitis can have debilitating headaches, facial pain, and nasal congestion, and many do not respond well to antibiotics. A new surgical option called balloon sinus surgery, or balloon sinuplasty, is now available for treatment of blocked sinuses.

Balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. Approved by the FDA, this minimally invasive surgical technique uses a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

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Intraoperative Computer Assisted Image Guidance

Intraoperative computer assisted image guidance uses imaging modalities such as ultrasound and CT scans to produce images of the sinuses during surgery. These images allow the surgeon to identify the affected sinus passages and verify that they have been effectively drained to correct each patient’s individual condition. Our Los Angeles area office is equipped with the latest in intraoperative computer assisted image guidance technologies, further ensuring the most accurate and effective results from sinus surgery procedures.

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