Get the Facts: Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic SinusitisSinusitis is inflammation in the mucous membranes of the nose, sinuses and throat. Swelling blocks the sinus openings, causing fluid to build up in the sinuses, preventing normal drainage and allowing germs to grow in the sinuses and cause an infection. When sinusitis symptoms last 12 weeks or longer, the condition can be characterized as chronic sinusitis.

What causes it?

The purpose of the sinuses, which are hollow spaces in the skull, is to generate mucus to keep the nose from becoming too dry, and to trap allergens and other unwanted materials to prevent them from getting into the lungs. Drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working. The common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps or a deviated septum may cause blockage of the sinuses. Obstruction of the sinuses can lead to a sinus infection, sinusitis and chronic sinusitis.

Who gets it?

It is estimated that chronic sinusitis results in seven million doctors visits each year. Individuals with these conditions may be at higher risk developing sinusitis:

  • Swelling in the nasal mucous membrane from a common cold
  • Blockage of the drainage ducts
  • Structural differences (such as deviated septum) that narrow the drainage ducts
  • Nasal polyps
  • Immune deficiencies due to other health conditions or medication
  • People with frequent infections
  • People who smoke
  • In children: allergies, illness from other children at school or daycare, pacifiers, drinking from a bottle while lying on their back, smoke in the environment

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of chronic sinusitis are the same as symptoms of acute sinusitis, but last longer than 12 weeks. These symptoms include:

  • Facial congestion
  • Nasal blockage
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pus in the naval cavity
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain

What are the treatment options?

Acute sinusitis may be treated with saline nasal sprays, antibiotics, nasal steroid sprays, decongestants and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, chronic sinusitis may not respond to conventional treatments. If your symptoms last longer than 12 weeks, your doctor may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor for treatment. One option for treatment of chronic sinusitis is Balloon Sinuplasty, a less-invasive procedure to open blocked sinus passages. Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activities more quickly.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is another treatment that may be considered if other treatments fail, or nasal blockage cannot be corrected with medication. This procedure clears blocked sinuses to restore normal sinus drainage by removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening. This option may lead to pain, scarring and bleeding.

To find out if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty or FESS, contact the Dallas ENT doctors at Pine Creek Medical Center.

Treat Nasal Allergies or Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty - Pine Creek Medical CenterSneezing. Congestion. Sinus pain. Headaches. These are all symptoms of nasal allergies or sinusitis. If you are suffering from these symptoms, you aren’t alone in your misery. But you don’t have to stay miserable either.

An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from acute and chronic sinus problems. Symptoms may be the result of any single or combination of a numerous allergens, including pollen from trees, grass and weeds, pet dander, dust or mold.

Allergies and sinusitis can cause the membranes inside the nasal passageways to become infected and inflamed, swelling to the point that fluid inside the sinuses is not able to drain. A buildup of fluid causes pressure and pain. The innovative Balloon Sinuplasty procedure can help you breath easier and experience relief from the painful allergy symptoms that are making you miserable.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure, performed by an ear, nose and throat specialist specifically trained in the procedure. It is a simple, less invasive and effective treatment for chronic sinusitis in patients who are not responding to other treatments.

The procedure restores function to nasal passages by opening clogged passages with a small catheter with a balloon attached at the end. As the catheter is inserted into the nasal passage, the balloon is gently inflated, providing immediate relief from blocked passages. The balloon is then deflated and removed, restoring normal nasal function and drainage.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is an in-office procedure, offering a number of benefits to patients including:

  • Virtually painless, minimally invasive procedure
  • Requires to incisions or cutting
  • Will not result in bruises or swelling
  • Patients experience less bleeding and no need for nasal packing
  • Faster recovery time (most patients fully recover within 24 hours)

Don’t assume you simply have to “deal with” your sinus pain. Contact the Dallas ENT doctors at Pine Creek Medical Center to find out if Balloon Sinuplasty can help provide relief from your chronic sinusitis and/or nasal allergies. To find out if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty, contact us today!

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing vs. Total Knee Replacement

MAKOplastyAre you suffering from osteoarthritis? Do you find it difficult to perform daily activities due to a stiff, painful knee? Have you found other treatments such as physical therapy and medication no longer provide relief? If your answer to any or all of those questions is yes, you may benefit from orthopedic surgery on your knee.

Patients over 50 who suffer from osteoarthritis may benefit from either partial knee resurfacing or total knee replacement to alleviate painful symptoms and joint stiffness. Candidacy for either procedure depends on the severity of the osteoarthritis in your knee joint.

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

This new treatment option is designed for patients living with painful, early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee in which only one or two components of the knee are affected by osteoarthritis. MAKOplasty is a less-invasive surgery than total knee replacement, and results in a more rapid recovery time.

During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon is guided by robotic arm technology and 3-D visualization of the knee to resurface the affected portions of the knee, saving as much of healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Patient-specific pre-operative planning, including a 3-D model of the patient’s CT scan and a virtual view of the entire joint from all angles provides increased surgical accuracy. The accuracy of MAKOplasty results in a more natural feeling knee and improved motion for patients with early stage osteoarthritis. Other potential benefits for patients undergoing MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing include:

  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Reduced need for pain medications
  • More rapid recovery, easier physical therapy
  • Less scarring

Total knee replacement surgery

This treatment is reserved for patients with severe osteoarthritis. During the procedure, the damaged knee joint is removed and replaced with an artificial knee joint. The artificial joint is attached to the thighbone, shin and kneecap and relies on the surrounding muscles and ligaments for support.

With recent advances in medical technology, there are minimally invasive surgical options for a total knee replacement. The less-invasive approach results in less damage to surrounding tissue. It may also result in less pain, a quicker recovery time, more mobility following surgery and less scar tissue.

Improvements in surgical technique and materials used to create artificial joints lead to a higher success rate for patients undergoing a total knee replacement. When joint replacement procedures were first introduced in the 1970s, the artificial joints were expected to last no more than 10 years. Today, about 85 percent of joint implants will last at least 20 years.

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, contact Pine Creek Medical Center to learn about your treatment options.

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Osteoarthritis: Signs and Symptoms of the Painful Joint Condition

OsteoarthritisOsteoarthritis is considered the most common joint disorder. With age, the body experiences normal wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is normal wear and tear in the joints. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage cushioning the bones at the joints begins to break down, allowing the bones to rub together. This results in joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Bone spurs may also form around the affected joint and ligaments and muscles around the joint will grow stiff and become weaker.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis typically begin to appear around middle age; by age 70, nearly every adult will experience at least minor symptoms of osteoarthritis. While age is the primary risk factor related to osteoarthritis, there are other factors that can lead to the painful condition. These include:

  • Genetics, family history
  • Being overweight as extra weight increases wear and tear on joints
  • Fractures or other joint injuries, including injuries to cartilage and ligaments
  • Jobs that involve kneeling or squatting for more than an hour per day; jobs that involve lifting, frequently climbing stairs or even lots of walking.
  • Playing impact sports (football), or sports that involve twisting (basketball, soccer) or throwing (baseball, basketball)
  • Bleeding disorders causing bleeding in the joint
  • Medical disorders that cause a block of blood supply near the joint
  • Other types of arthritis

The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness. The pain associated with this condition often worsens after exercise or with weight or pressure on the joint. Some individuals even notice a rubbing or cracking sound when they move the affected joint. Joint stiffness that occurs in the morning after first waking up may last 30 minutes and is usually improved with mild activity. As the condition progresses, pain and stiffness may worsen and be present all the time, not only with exercise and activity. In a few cases, individuals with osteoarthritis may experience little to no symptoms.

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are several treatment options to relieve pain and symptoms. Common treatments include:

  • Prescription medications and over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes, including weight loss
  • Braces or splints to support weakened joints
  • Orthopedic surgery such as arthroscopic surgery to trim damaged cartilage, changing alignment of bones to relieve stress, surgical fusion of bones and total or partial joint replacement.

If you are experiencing joint pain or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, contact Pine Creek Medical Center to learn more about your options for pain management and treatment.

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Turn to Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Dallas to Treat Your Spring Allergies

TurntoIf sneezing, runny nose, congestion, sinus pain, headaches and fatigue are a part of your daily life, chances are you are suffering from nasal allergies or sinusitis. An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from acute and chronic sinus problems. These problems may be the result of any single or combination of a numerous allergens that might be making you miserable, including pollen from trees, grass and weeds, pet dander, dust or mold.

Why continue to suffer from allergies if you don’t have to? Ear, nose and throat specialists in Dallas at Pine Creek Medical Center now offer the new, innovative Balloon Sinuplasty procedure for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis and nasal allergies. Are you ready to breathe easier and experience relieve from your allergy symptoms?

Balloon Sinuplasty restores function to nasal passages by opening clogged passages with a small catheter with a balloon attached at the end. As the catheter is inserted into the nasal passage, the balloon is gently inflated, providing immediate relief from blocked passages. The balloon is then deflated and removed, restoring normal nasal function and drainage.

Balloon Sinuplasty is an in-office procedure, offering a number of benefits to patients. These include:

  • Virtually painless, minimally invasive procedure
  • Requires to incisions or cutting
  • Will not result in bruises or swelling
  • Patients experience less bleeding and no need for nasal packing
  • Faster recovery time (most patients fully recover within 24 hours)

Balloon Sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure, performed by an ear, nose and throat specialist specifically trained in the procedure. It is a simple and effective treatment for chronic sinusitis in patients who are not responding to other treatments.

Would you like to find out if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty at Pine Creek Medical Center? Contact us today!

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing: An Innovative Orthopedic Surgery Option

MAKOplasty and knee resurfacing DallasIf you suffer from joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, nearly 15 million people suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition, resulting in loss of range of motion and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

A total knee replacement is not the only treatment option for patients suffering from osteoarthritis. MAKOplasty is an innovative orthopedic surgery option that utilizes robotic arm technology to assist with partial knee resurfacing. MAKOplasty is intended for patients who suffer from early to mid-stage osteoarthritis with damage to only a portion of the knee.

Rather than resurfacing the entire knee, MAKOplasty selectively targets and resurfaces only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, sparing healthy bone and surrounding ligaments and tissue. With MAKOplasty, doctors are able to use CT scan imaging to reconstruct the anatomy of the knee, allowing for a precise, patient-specific placement of the implant.

Why MAKOplasty?

There are four key benefits of MAKOplasty for patients requiring orthopedic surgery. These benefits are:

  • Enabling surgeons are enabled to precisely resurface only the affected and damaged portions of the knee with the robotic arm technology.
  • Preserving healthy bone and surrounding tissues.
  • Provides optimal placement of implants, resulting in a more natural feeling knee post-surgery.
  • Less invasive surgery option, providing patients a faster recovery time and shorter hospital stay than they would with traditional total knee replacement surgery.

One of Pine Creek Medical Center’s own orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Thomas Schott, specializes in MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing. Do you want to know if MAKOplasty is right for you? Contact Pine Creek today.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty®. During your consultation, your doctor can explain these risks and help determine if MAKOplasty® is right for you.

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MAKOplasty Knee and Hip Orthopedic Surgery at Pine Creek Medical Center

Knee PainAre you suffering from debilitating pain in the knee or hip? Have you been told you may need a total hip replacement or knee resurfacing to ease your pain? Orthopedic surgery can be major surgery, and many patients may avoid the surgery they need for fear something will go wrong.

At Pine Creek Medical Center in Dallas, it is our goal to offer our patients the best and most advanced medical solutions. MAKOplasty® is an advanced, innovative surgical treatment option for knee and hip surgery in which patients can place their confidence.

MAKOplasty is powered by a surgeon-controlled RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive System, allowing surgeons to treat patient-specific knee and hip conditions with consistency and precision. The RIO robotic arm technology allows doctors to place implants with increased accuracy, which in turn improves the outcome of the surgery for the patient.

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing is a less-invasive surgery with more rapid recovery time for patients who suffer from early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee affecting only parts of the knee. Other surgical options may require a total knee resurfacing, but if just one or two parts of the knee are affected, why not undergo a partial knee resurfacing instead? By utilizing the robotic arm technology and 3-D visualization of the knee, the surgeon is able to limit resurfacing to only the affected areas of the knee, saving as much healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Patients who are living with non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint diseases affecting the hip can benefit from MAKOplasty Total Hip Arhtroplasty. Using the robotic arm technology and the patient’s CT scan data to reconstruct the anatomy, creating a patient-specific surgical plan, surgeons are able to accurately place and align the implant.

The accuracy provided by MAKOplasty decreases the likelihood of mechanical failure and improves surgical outcome for patients. We believe MAKOplasty is one of the best surgical options available for patients with debilitating knee or hip pain.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty®. During your consultation, your doctor can explain these risks and help determine if MAKOplasty® is right for you. Schedule your consultation with Pine Creek Medical Center today!

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Pine Creek Medical Center is a privately owned, Dallas medical facility. Our hospital is the only physician-owned and operated hospital in the area, providing health care services to more than three million people in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is our goal to provide our patients with care that goes beyond the typical hospital, with a sophisticated environment, advanced technology and a highly trained staff that strives to make our patients the priority.

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Pine Creek Medical Center is staffed by 250 physicians representing all specialties. Many of our doctors have even been listed among D Magazine’s Best Doctors in Dallas! We are proud to have one of the lowest patient-to-nurse ratios in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, ensuring that each of our patients receives personalized care.

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