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From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) occurs when there is persistent inflammation of the nasal and sinus passages that has continued for three months or longer.

The Most Common Sinus Surgeries

When medication intervention fails to relieve chronic sinus problems, millions of Americans turn to sinus surgery to provide long-term relief. Our ear nose and throat physicians at Raleigh Capitol ENT have decades of experience performing sinus procedures, and we’ve outlined some of the most common.

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Which Patients Benefit the Most From Balloon Sinuplasty?

Sinuplasty has proven itself to be a very effective treatment for those dealing with chronic rhinosinusitis. Through this minimally invasive procedure, a tiny balloon is inserted into the blocked sinus cavity, inflated, deflated and then removed. As a result, the sinus passages are opened, allowing fluid to drain.

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What Happens During a Nasal Endoscopy?

When you have sinus problems, you need solutions. Quickly. Every day you suffer through sinus issues means you’re losing ground at work, missing out on the activities you love and, well, feeling absolutely miserable.

The challenge facing sinus treatment is that there are hundreds of conditions that can cause nasal / sinus symptoms. Perhaps you have a nasal polyp or a deviated septum that is making it difficult for your sinuses to drain properly. Is immunotherapy or a balloon sinuplasty the best method of treatment?

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Five Procedures We Perform In Our Office

If your child has painful ear infections and needs to have ear tubes, this doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to the hospital, or even to the outpatient surgery unit. This is one of several services we are able to perform on site. In-office procedures are not only more convenient, but they are also less expensive than those performed in a hospital. 

Because Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose and Throat is independently owned and operated, we’re not required to perform a procedure in a hospital if it can be safely done in our office.   

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If You Have Allergies, You Should Know These Four Facts

More than 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies, making them the sixth leading cause of chronic illnesses in the United States, costing more than $18 billion. That certainly brings a different perspective to the runny noses and watery eyes that plague Raleigh’s spring and fall. However, are you aware that allergies can put you at risk for other health problems? Or that the source of your allergy woes may be lurking in your living room?

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Four Causes of Chronic Sinus Problems

Triangle residents are all too familiar with Raleigh’s beltline traffic. When everything runs smoothly, cars zip easily to their destinations. Now imagine that a lane is closed. Traffic slows, transforming your drive into a frustrating delay. Something similar happens with a chronic sinus infection. When your sinuses are irritated or swollen, nasal passageways swell, preventing drainage. This causes a “traffic jam” in your nose, which causes irritation or infection. See four common causes of sinus problems and how to resolve or manage them.

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Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right for You?

Runny noses, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion can all have a dramatic impact on the quality of life for those who have year-round allergies and
sinus problems in Raleigh. This misery puts a damper on vacations, outdoor activities and can even affect performance at work! Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) occurs when there is persistent inflammation of the nasal and sinus passages that has continued for three months or longer. Read on to better understand the symptoms of CRS and find out if Balloon Sinuplasty is a possible treatment for you.

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Minimally Invasive Options for In-Office Sinus Surgery

At Raleigh Capitol ENT, our 14 Board-certified sinus surgeons constantly strive to provide comprehensive services for our patients with sinonasal disorders, and are now pleased to offer several new procedures that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. These include balloon sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis, turbinate reduction for nasal congestion, and nasal polypectomy. Read on to understand how all of these procedures are performed.

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First Blog Post

Welcome to Raleigh ENT’s first blog post. We want to use this space to provide updates about our practice. Mostly I anticipate this will be in the form of clinical information. We are excited about the new additions to our website and want to be able to connect to our patients through a variety of ways. The first topic is balloon sinuplasty. This is a relatively new tool we have to deal with chronic sinus infections. Through the years there have been important advances in the surgical treatment of sinus infections. In the 1980’s endoscopic surgery provided an enhanced view of the sinus passages and improved the accuracy of the procedure. In the 1990’s image guided techniques provided an intraoperative road map of the sinuses. This gives us anatomical detail on the order of several millimeters during a procedure and helps us to safely dissect within the sinus passages. Balloon sinuplasty is another important advancement. The goal of sinus surgery is to improve the natural drainage pathways. ...

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