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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 09, 2021
Category: Plastic Surgery

Find out what facial plastic surgery options we offer our patients in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL.

Whether you are dealing with a crooked nose or a congenital condition such as a cleft lip, there are many reasons someone may be considering turning to our Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, doctors for facial plastic surgery. Surgery can help to reconstruct and improve the structure, function, and shape of the face, head, and neck. If you’re unhappy with your appearance, here are some ways our surgeons can help.

Rhinoplasty

Are you dealing with a crooked, misshapen, or hooked nose? Since it’s hard not to notice someone’s nose, you may feel embarrassed by your appearance or feel that your nose throws off the symmetry of your face. If so, you may be considering rhinoplasty, a surgery that alters the shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty can help restore proper proportions to the face by improving the contours and shape of the nose. It can even be used to correct large or upturned nostrils.

Brow Lift

As we age, we begin to notice sagging skin. One of the places where it may be most visible is the brow line. If drooping and sagging brows are making you look tired or even angry, a simple brow lift can help to smooth away wrinkles around the area, raise the brows and help you look younger. A brow lift may also be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to help refresh the eye and brow areas.

Facial Implants

Implants can be placed in the jaw, chin, or cheeks to help alter and improve the overall structure, shape, and contours of the face. These implants are made from biocompatible material to help augment these areas. If you have a poorly defined jaw, disproportionally small chin or you dream of having fuller cheeks, implants can help to craft these features and make them more distinct.

Blepharoplasty

If you are noticing drooping or sagging eyelids you may be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty. This eyelid surgery can be used to treat puffy and droopy eyelids, lower eyelids with excess wrinkles or skin, and even bags under the eyes. This procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid, or both. This can rejuvenate the eye area and help take years off your appearance.

If you want to discuss facial plastic surgery options with a qualified surgeon, we offer care to those living in and around Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL. To schedule a surgical consultation, call Century at (708) 460-0007.

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 08, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Dizziness   Vertigo  
Vertigo and DizzinessAs kids, most of us loved putting out our arms and spinning and spinning until we fell dizzy. Of course, experiencing a spinning world around us when we are planted firmly on earth or aren’t on an amusement park ride, can feel incredibly scary. Welcome to the world of those with vertigo. Vertigo is a condition that makes you feel off-balance, lightheaded, and perhaps a bit disoriented. If this is happening to you here’s what you should know.

Vertigo and dizziness are different

Vertigo makes you feel as if you are moving even though you are standing still. The room around you may spin. You may feel nauseous, or you may even vomit if the vertigo is severe. Dizziness, on the other hand, occurs when you simply feel off-balance or lightheaded. Vertigo truly makes you feel as if you are spinning.

Vertigo is typically the result of a health problem

Vertigo is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that impacts the function of the inner ear. How do we know that? Within our inner ears lie our vestibular system, which helps us stay oriented and balanced. Every day, an ENT doctor diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions and diseases that impact the vestibular system and cause vertigo. Some of the most common causes of vertigo include,
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Head injuries
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Colds
Vertigo may be acute and simply go away on its own, while other causes will require treatment from an ear, nose, and throat doctor. If your vertigo is severe, is persistent, or is accompanied by hearing loss or vision changes, you must see your doctor immediately.

There are many ways to treat vertigo

It’s important for an ENT doctor to first determine the cause of your vertigo before prescribing any medications or treatments. We need to treat the underlying cause effectively to get rid of your vertigo. Some of how we may treat your vertigo include,
  • Medications: Antibiotics or steroids are prescribed to treat infections or inflammation, while other medications may help alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by the vertigo
  • Vestibular rehabilitation: If you deal with chronic or recurring bouts of vertigo your ENT may recommend vestibular rehab to help retrain the vestibular system to be able to better recognize the spatial orientation
  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers: This technique is most often used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and uses certain head movements to reposition calcium deposits within the canal of the inner ear
If vertigo or dizziness is happening to you or a loved one, an ENT doctor may be the perfect doctor to turn to for answers and an evaluation. Don’t ignore your symptoms of lightheadedness and dizziness. An ENT professional can help.
By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
March 10, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Postnasal Drip  
Postnasal DripWe’ve all experienced it: that nasty feeling when mucus drains down your throat. This problem is known as postnasal drip and it can also kick-up a variety of other unpleasant symptoms. While our throat and nasal passages are always producing mucus to protect against foreign invaders and to fight infections, sometimes the body produces too much mucus, which results in postnasal drip. Find out what causes postnasal drip and how an ENT doctor can help you manage this unpleasant symptom.

What are the signs of postnasal drip?

Along with extra mucus draining from the nose into the back of your throat, other signs of postnasal drip include:
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent cough, often worse at night
  • A need to constantly clear your throat
  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Painful ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Bad breath
  • Nausea (due to mucus going into the stomach)
What causes postnasal drip?

So, what is triggering all that unwanted and excess mucus that’s now draining down your throat? There are a few possible reasons such as:
  • A cold or flu
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Dry, cold air
  • Changes in weather
  • Deviated septum (a common malformation in the nasal wall that separates the two cavities)
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications (e.g., blood pressure medication; birth control)
  • Chemicals and environmental irritants (e.g., perfumes; smoke)
How is postnasal drip treated?

At-home care and over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines may alleviate your postnasal drip, especially if it is caused by allergies. Saline nasal sprays and neti pots can also provide moisture to the nasal passages. Sleep with your head slightly propped up and make sure that you are staying hydrated throughout the day.

If you’re dealing with recurring postnasal drip, postnasal drip that lasts more than 10 days, or postnasal drip that’s accompanied by fever or green discharge (signs of a bacterial infection), you must turn to an ENT doctor for the appropriate medication and treatment. If a bacterial infection is present, your ENT will prescribe a round of antibiotics. Structural issues such as a deviated septum can only be corrected through surgery.

If other conditions such as acid reflux could be to blame, a doctor can run the right diagnostic tests to determine the cause and to provide you with a custom treatment plan to get your postnasal drip in check.
By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
February 11, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sore Throat  
Sore ThroatSore throats are incredibly common. In fact, most of us will deal with at least one, if not more, during our lifetime. From scream-singing your way through a concert to catching a viral infection, there are many reasons why you may be dealing with a sore throat. While the problem is typically nothing serious, our ENT doctors know that you also want relief from that raw, scratchy throat. Here are some simple at-home methods for easing your sore throat.
 
Rinse and gargle with saltwater: Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of sea or table salt to an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Gargle with this concoction for several seconds, multiple times a day (just don’t swallow it!). The salt can quickly reduce inflammation and swelling. You may also choose to replace salt with baking soda. Baking soda can kill bacteria, so it could be good if your sore throat is due to a bacterial infection such as strep.
 
Add honey to your tea: You may already be consuming cup-after-cup of tea, hoping that it alleviates your sore throat. While there are certain teas on the market that are designed to numb and soothe a sore, scratchy throat, you may also want to start adding manuka honey into your tea. Honey is full of antimicrobials, to help fight infection, and can also provide natural healing properties and suppress your cough. Have a cup of tea with honey before heading to bed and see if that helps soothe your throat so you can get some shuteye.
 
Invest in a humidifier: If you find that your sore throat occurs when the air around you is dry, or if dry air makes your current symptoms worse, it’s a good idea to add a humidifier to your home. You may also want to take a hot, steamy shower every day to help add moisture to the mucus membranes of the nose and throat. This can help to loosen and clear out some of that mucus.
 
A sore throat can be caused by a variety of things. It’s important to know the cause before you start trying your hand at at-home remedies, since some may be useful for certain causes but not for others. If you aren’t sure what’s causing your sore throat, you should see an ENT doctor for an evaluation.
 
Common causes of acute sore throats include,
  • Viral infections such as a cold, flu, or mono (causes about 90 percent of sore throats)
  • Strep infection and other bacterial infections
  • Dry air
  • Smoke and other irritants
  • Strain, overuse, or injury
However, if you are dealing with chronic or recurring sore throats this could be a sign of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Other causes of a persistent sore throat include,
  • Allergies
  • Mouth breathing
  • Postnasal drip
  • Tonsillitis
  • Environmental irritant and pollutants
  • Gonorrhea
  • Smoking
You must turn to a qualified ENT specialist if your sore throat doesn’t go away, is severe, or makes it difficult to swallow. While some sore throats will go away on their own, sometimes you’ll need antibiotics or other medications to get rid of the infection.
By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
January 26, 2021
Category: ENT Care

A ruptured or damaged eardrum, also called the tympanic membrane, can often heal on its own. In some cases, though, a surgical procedure referred to as a tympanoplasty is needed to repair the eardrum and improve hearing. The highly skilled ear, nose, and throat doctors at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery in Orland Park, IL, specialize in otolaryngology and perform tympanoplasty procedures to repair damaged eardrums.

What is Tympanoplasty?

A tympanoplasty is a surgical procedure for repairing a damaged eardrum that is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. There are several different types of tympanoplasty surgeries. Depending on the specific type being performed, general anesthesia might be used so patients remain unconscious during the surgery.

Types of tympanoplasty procedures include:

  • Patch Tympanoplasty — A minor procedure in which a small patch is placed over the hole in the eardrum. The procedure can be completed in just a few minutes.
  • Fat Tympanoplasty — For this procedure, the ear lobe is frozen so that a small amount of fat tissue can be removed. The fat tissue is then placed through the hole in the eardrum and the earlobe is sutured closed. This surgery typically can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.
  • Medial Tympanoplasty — This procedure is slightly more complicated than patch or fat tympanoplasty surgeries and generally takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete. During this procedure, the eardrum is accessed either through an incision in the ear canal or from behind the ear. Then the eardrum is lifted and a tissue graft is slid under it.
  • Lateral Tympanoplasty — This type of surgery is performed when the hole in the eardrum is quite large or other surgical attempts have not successfully closed the hole. During this procedure, an incision is made behind the ear and the eardrum is removed. A new eardrum formed from a tissue graft is then implanted into the ear. This type of surgery can take up to two and a half hours.

The experienced otolaryngology doctors at our practice in Orland Park can determine which procedure is best based on several factors, including the patient’s age and the location and size of the hole in the eardrum.

The Recovery Process

It can take a few weeks for the eardrum to fully heal following a tympanoplasty procedure. During that time, it is best to avoid getting water in the ear. Wearing an earplug when showering or bathing will help protect the ear and keep it dry. Patients should also be careful not to blow the nose too hard. Additionally, it is best to avoid rigorous or intense physical exercise while the eardrum is still healing. The doctor will examine your ear a few weeks after surgery to see if the hole in the eardrum has fully healed.

If you have ruptured or damaged your eardrum, tympanoplasty surgery can be performed to repair the damage and restore hearing. To learn more about tympanoplasty and eardrum repair, schedule an appointment with one of the knowledgeable doctors on our otolaryngology team by calling Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery in Orland Park, IL, at (708) 460-0007. We also have office locations in Evergreen Park and Lenox.





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