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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 19, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

Acute sinusitis can be a miserable condition for many. Characterized by inflammation in the lining of your nose and sinuses, the condition can make it hard to drain the mucus from your nose, causing difficulty and pain while sleeping and breathing.

If you and your doctor have tried antibiotics, antihistamines, nasal sprays, or flushing treatments to treat your acute sinusitis to no avail, it may be time to ask Dr. Brian Farrell of Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Orland Park, IL, about sinus surgery options.

Before recommending any sort of surgery, we will go over your medical history at our Orland Park office and diagnose the source of your sinusitis, using scans or tests to ensure any procedure will be safe and effective at addressing the cause. Here are some of the nasal surgery options that we offer at our Orland Park office:

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)

This procedure uses an endoscope, a slim fiber-optic tube, to examine the sinus openings and remove any tissues that are causing blockage. This sinus surgery is done entirely through the nostrils, which allows for quicker healing and less discomfort. Nasal packing or nasal irrigation may be recommended follow-ups to FESS.

Caldwell Luc operation

Named for an American physician and a French laryngologist, this sinus surgery is commonly used when there is a tumor in the sinus cavity. A more invasive surgery, your doctor at our Orland Park office will reach your maxillary sinus, under the eye, by entering through your upper jaw above one of your molar teeth. An opening will be created to allow for better sinus drainage.

Image-guided surgery

This high-tech method is best for severe cases of acute sinusitis. Using CT scanning and infrared signals, we can very precisely navigate the sinus passage to remove or fix the tissue causing your sinus problems.

Need medical care? Give us a call

If you are suffering from acute sinusitis and find that previous treatments and remedies are providing you no relief, call Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Orland Park at 708-460-0007 to schedule a consultation. We are committed to helping you breathe easy.


By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 13, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology

Just like breathing or blinking, swallowing is an involuntary habit that we don’t often think about; however, swallowing is an important part of everything from speaking and socializing to consuming delicious food. Unfortunately, there are disorders that can affect a person’s ability to swallow. A swallowing disorder can be uncomfortable and troublesome, and a visit to an otolaryngologist can give you the answers you’re looking for as to what’s going on.

Some people having pain when they swallow while others may have trouble swallowing certain foods or feel as if there is something stuck in their throat. As a result, they may have trouble getting the proper nutrients and calories they need. Swallowing disorders are more common as a person ages. Swallowing disorders usually fit into one of two categories: esophageal and oropharnygeal dysphagia.

Esophageal dysphagia

People who often feel like they have something in their throats are often dealing with esophageal dysphagia as a result of:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Achalasia (esophageal sphincter dysfunction)
  • Scar tissue of the esophagus
  • Tumors
  • Certain medications that can cause dry mouth

Oropharnygeal dysphagia

There are certain conditions that can also affect how the muscles in the throat function, which makes it more difficult to swallow food properly. Common causes include neurological disorders, nerve damage (spinal cord or brain injuries) and cancers of the head, neck, and throat.

Along with trouble swallowing, those with swallowing disorders may also experience:

  • Coughing after swallowing
  • The sensation of food being stuck in the throat
  • Choking
  • Regurgitation
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Chest discomfort

If you experience persistent issues swallowing or if you also experience vomiting, regurgitation, or unexpected weight loss along with swallowing difficulties then it’s time to see an otolaryngologist.

Diagnosing Swallowing Disorders

To determine the cause of a patient’s swallowing problems their ENT doctor will go through their medical history, ask questions about the symptoms they are experiencing and then perform a physical examination. Based on the patient’s answers, your doctor will then determine which testing is needed to make a diagnosis. Common diagnostic tests include:

  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal muscle test (manometry)
  • CT scan
  • Dynamic swallowing study
  • Barium esophagram
  • 24-hour pH impedance (to evaluate acid reflux and regurgitation)

Treating Swallowing Disorders

As you can see from the list above, there are many conditions and causes that could result in swallowing disorders. Therefore, the treatment you receive will depend on the cause and severity of your symptoms. Your ENT specialist will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to reduce symptoms. With chronic conditions, your doctor will find ways to help you manage the underlying condition to make swallowing easier.