In-Office Procedures for ENT

ENT In-office Procedures Offer Quicker Recovery

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Many chronic ENT conditions diminish your quality of life and your ability to get restful sleep, so you don’t feel your best. Holston Medical Group Ear, Nose & Throat provides expert care for conditions that affect your nasal breathing, hearing or swallowing. With specialized training in both medical assessment and surgical management of any ear, nose or throat condition, our skilled otolaryngologists provide comprehensive care and, in many cases, in-office procedures to correct ENT conditions, including:

  • Allergy care – seasonal and year-round
  • Chronic cough or tonsillitis
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Dizziness or balance issues
  • Hearing disorders
  • Nasal obstructions
  • Paranasal sinus diseases
  • Pediatric ENT conditions
  • Sinus infections
  • Sleep issues
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Voice issues

ENT Specialized Care for a Range of Symptoms

If you or a loved one experience symptoms that indicate an ear, nose or throat concern, it is essential to see an ENT specialist to correctly identify what is causing the specific symptoms – and find a treatment plan that works for your needs. It’s time to see an otolaryngologist if you have any of these persistent symptoms:

  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Chronic runny nose or sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Drainage down the back of your throat
  • Ear pain or hearing loss
  • Hoarse voice or laryngitis
  • Nasal inflammation
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Repeated coughing or sneezing
  • Sinus pain, tenderness and swelling
  • Snoring or trouble sleeping
  • Thick, discolored discharge

Minimally Invasive Expertise for Immediate Relief

For nasal conditions, our team may use advanced imaging tests to confirm blockages or nasal pathway swelling that restricts your breathing. Our ENT specialists offer safe and proven treatments to correctnasal passage function and improve airflow. Especially for conditions that have not responded well to home remedies, nasal medications or diminished treatment effectiveness over time, a sinus procedure may be a viable option. After a minimally-invasive procedure right in our physician offices, you’ll be able to breathe and sleep better. Our Holston Medical Group ENT specialists offer the following in-office procedures:

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Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis

Key Facts: For chronic sinus inflammation, our team offers balloon sinuplasty to gently restore normal sinus drainage. In-office procedures take a few hours with full recovery after 1-2 days.

  • Description

    Our ENT specialists offer the balloon sinuplasty procedure to successfully treat patients with frequent sinus infections that don’t improve over time. Patients experience immediate sinus blockage relief, and the long-lasting benefits improve overall sinus health.This minimally-invasive procedure uses a tiny balloon to open blocked sinus passages, allowing optimal drainage and healing. If necessary, we may use a saline solution to flush out excessive mucus once the sinus passages are open. Balloon sinuplasty treats chronic sinusitis, frequent sinus infections or other conditions that block sinus passages.

  • Recovery

    1-2 days of recovery is average for an in-office balloon sinuplasty procedure. We provide instructions for before and after your procedure, but for example, we recommend you do not blow your nose for 24 hours to allow healing. Depending on the extent of your sinus blockages and the possible removal of polyps, your passages may take a little longer to recover. Our recommendations include:

    • Nasal soreness or discharge is common
    • Sleep with your head elevated to help with swelling and drainage
    • Refrain from strenuous activities for a week after your procedure
    • After a few days, you’ll be able to return to work and normal activities
  • Considerations

    For successful balloon sinuplasty, the inside of your nose must be straight enough to access the anatomy adequately. You will receive pre-operative medications for relaxation, but for a successful procedure, you must be able to sit very still. Patients with more complex sinus blockages, polyps or anatomy constraints – or if you are anxious about a medical procedure with local anesthesia, may prefer or request an OR-based procedure with general anesthesia. Learn more about balloon sinuplasty here.

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Turbinate Reduction Opens Airways for Easier Breathing

Key Facts: For chronic sinus inflammation, our team offers balloon sinuplasty to gently restore normal sinus drainage. In-office procedures take a few hours with full recovery after 1-2 days.

  • Description

    Enlarged or damaged turbinates can cause nasal blockages due toallergic or non-allergic rhinitis or chronic infections. Turbinatesare the bone and tissue structures inside your nose that can swelland cause breathing difficulties. With obstructed nasal breathing,turbinate reduction surgery can shrink the size of the turbinatesthrough an in-office procedure.When medications are not effective in treating stuffiness, runny nose or sneezing, turbinate reductions can successfully open the airways and make breathing easier.

  • Recovery

    For in-office procedures, recovery is generally quick with minimalpain, but based on the extent of your nasal blockages, recovery time will vary. Access for the turbinate reduction procedure is through the nostril, so incision healing is within your nasal passage. You may experience nasal dryness or wound scabs as your nasal passage heals. Our ENT team will provide helpful information for recovery, including:

    • Avoid blowing your nose for several weeks to allow healing
    • You may experience nasal soreness or discharge
    • Sleep with your head elevated to help with swelling and drainage
    • Refrain from strenuous activities for a week after your procedure
    • After a few days, you’ll be able to return to work and normal activities
  • Considerations

    For a successful turbinate reduction procedure, the inside of your nose must be straight enough to access turbinate structures. Side effects may include slight nasal bleeding. We will carefully monitor bleeding or swelling at your follow up appointment and may recommend an antibiotic ointment to prevent any infection as the wounds heal.

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ClariFix Cryotherapy Treats Postnasal Drip Effectively

Key Facts: For aggravating postnasal drip or persistent nasal discharge, ClariFix Cryotherapy stops mucus production at the source. An in-office procedure takes 1-2 hours with full recovery in 1-2 days.

  • Description

    ClariFix Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive, clinically proven treatment that targets the source of your chronic rhinitis symptoms and provides lasting relief. Our ENT team decreases rhinorrhea or postnasal drip with this innovative technique by freezing overactive nerves in the back of the nose. Through an in-office procedure that takes a few hours, nasal production will be decreased within the first week and will continue to improve in the following weeks.

  • Recovery

    Our ENT team will provide recovery instructions, which may include saline solutions or nasal spray, to promote healing. Because only topical anesthesia is needed, recovery is faster with minimal downtime. We also recommend:

    • Avoid blowing your nose for several days to allow healing
    • You may experience nasal discharge or temporary headaches
    • Sleep with your head elevated to help with swelling and drainage
    • Refrain from strenuous activities for a week after your procedure
    • After a few days, you’ll be able to return to work and normal activities
  • Considerations

    ClariFix Cryotherapy provides treatment in the back of the nose, so the inside of your nose must be straight enough for adequate access. Using a small handheld device with a cooling probe, our ENT specialist will access through your nasal passage to the back of your nose for treatment.

Convenient Treatments for Nasal Conditions Provide Patient Benefits

The benefits of an in-office non-surgical procedure include immediate results, often with a faster recovery, so you can get back to enjoying life as soon as possible. These treatments are cost-effective and conveniently scheduled in our ENT provider offices. For more information or to make an appointment, please call HMG Ear, Nose & Throat at 423-392-6299.

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If you’d like more information or would like to make an appointment, call HMG Ear, Nose & Throat at 423-392-6299.

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