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Minimally Invasive Options for Sinus Surgery in the Office

As a fellowship-trained rhinologist, Dr. Jeevan Ramakrishnan specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with disorders of the nose and sinuses. After completing his Otolaryngology residency at the University of Arkansas, he completed additional fellowship training in the subspecialty of rhinology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received specialized training in nasal and sinus surgery. He is pleased to bring his expertise to Raleigh and writes today about minimally invasive options for sinus surgery in the office. At Capitol ENT, we 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. Performing these procedures in the office provides many benefits including minimally invasive techniques, reduced bleeding, ver ...

Eustachian Tube Problems

What is the Eustachian tube? The Eustachian tube is a narrow tube-like passageway that connects the thimble-sized space behind the eardrum (the middle ear) to the space behind the nose. Its purpose is to provide a way for air to move in or out of the middle ear so that the air pressure in the ear is always equal to the air pressure around us, even with changes in external air pressure. How does the Eustachian tube work? When the Eustachian tube is working perfectly, it is closed and opens only very briefly when we swallow or yawn. There is a pulley-like muscle above the roof of our mouth that pulls it open when we swallow or yawn. Some people can actually hear a “crackling” sound every time this happens. Others hear it only sometimes, while some never hear it. Almost everyone becomes aware of this air movement when their ears finally “pop” during altitude changes such as during airplane flights or while ascending or descending a mountain or high elevator shaft. During th ...