Posts for category: ENT

By Dr. Sassan Falsafi
May 08, 2015
Category: ENT
Tags: Tonsillectomy   Tonsils  

Family DentistDo you have frequent episodes of tonsillitis or strep throat? If so, your Lafayette, CA Ear Nose and Throat doctor (ENT), Sassan Falsafi, MD, MSChE, may recommend a tonsillectomy to solve the problem.

A tonsillectomy is a common surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed to help treat medical conditions such as loud or frequent snoring, sleep apnea, trouble swallowing, frequent tonsil infections and tonsil cancer. The procedure is fairly simple and routine. So what can you expect?

The Procedure

You will need to prepare in advance. Your Lafayette, CA ENT will likely recommend that you stop taking certain medications, particularly anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen. You'll need to stop smoking, plan for your at-home recovery and stop eating and drinking right before the procedure as well.

When it is time for your surgery, you will be given anesthesia. This will help you relax and remain still so the doctor can perform the procedure, and you will not feel or remember the procedure at all.

The doctor will also give you a nasal breathing tube and prop your mouth open with a special instrument so he or she can work.

Once the procedure is done, it is normal to have minor pain, including a sore throat, and to snore.  Speed your recovery by getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of water, taking over-the-counter medications and by avoiding any hard, crunchy or spicy foods. See your doctor right away if you experience any bleeding, dehydration, fever or breathing problems, as these can be signs of an emergency.
Tonsillectomies are a common procedure that many ENTs in Lafayette, CA perform on a routine basis. When it comes time for Dr. Falsafi to perform yours, you have nothing to worry about. You're in good hands.

By Dr. Sassan Falsafi
March 02, 2015
Category: ENT
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

Balloon SinuplastyIf you suffer from sinusitis, your doctor may recommend a procedure known as Balloon Sinuplasty. It is a state-of-the-art procedure performed by the Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) in the office setting under local anesthesia.  It is considered to be very safe and minimally invasive.

Candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty

People suffering from blocked sinuses leading to repeat sinus infection which is unresponsive to medical therapy are candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty. Others are those with chronic Migraine type headache and those suffering from headache brought about by travelling to higher elevations. 

The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure

During a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, the doctor inserts a highly specialized balloon into the nostril while looking with an endoscope which projects the internal nasal / sinus view onto a large screen TV monitor. Once the blockage is identified, the doctor inserts and expands the balloon within the blocked sinus passage. The blockage will then open and will remain open once the balloon is removed.

Advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty

This procedure is considered very safe and effective. Patients need only local anesthesia and the entire procedure is usually performed in the doctor's office. It is less invasive than traditional sinus surgeries, so recovery time is much shorter. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within 24 hours.

Symptom Relief

Studies published by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation found that patients undergoing Balloon Sinuplasty experience relief of symptoms and an improved quality of life for two years or more.  Unlike traditional sinus procedures, Balloon Sinuplasty does not remove any bone or tissue. This means quicker recovery and return to work.

It's important to find a doctor who specializes in performing the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Dr. Sassan Falsafi, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, offers in-office Balloon Sinuplasty in Lafayette, CA. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis or headache that has not responded to traditional treatments, schedule an appointment today to find out if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.

By Dr. Sassan Falsafi
May 16, 2014
Category: ENT
Tags: Sore Throat  
It’s not uncommon to experience a sore throat when you have a cold or the flu.  Unfortunately, there are other reasons for sore throats that may be symptomatic of more serious problems. Children tend to have sore throats more often than adolescents or adults, with sore throats being the most common during the winter months when upper respiratory infections are more frequent. 
Sore throat, or pharyngitis, is a painful inflammation of the pharynx, which is the part of the throat that lies between the mouth and the voice box.  The major cause of a sore throat is an infection, whether it is viral or bacterial.  Additionally, sore throats can be caused by allergies, sinus congestion and environmental conditions—with springtime being the worst for allergy symptoms.  If you have a sore throat that lasts for more than five to seven days, you should visit our local Lafayette, CA ENT for diagnosis and treatment.  

When to Visit Our ENT in Lafayette, CA

Whenever a sore throat is severe, persists longer than the typical five to seven day duration of a cold or flu, and is not associated with an avoidable allergy or irritation, it is important to seek medical attention.  The following are signs and symptoms to alert you to visit our office:
  • Severe and prolonged sore throat
  • Sinus congestion
  • Nasal congestion or blockage
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • Fever that is over 101 degrees
  • Frequently recurring sore throat
  • Lump in neck
  • Hoarseness lasting over two weeks

Strep Throat

Strep throat is a contagious disease that is caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria. Some of the symptoms of strep throat include fever, pain, redness, and swelling of the throat and tonsils.  The symptoms can be mild or severe and is most common among school-aged children and teens.  The bacteria are present in the nose and throat, so normal activities such as sneezing, coughing, or shaking hands can spread the infection to other people. 
Additionally, the infection can be acquired by touching objects such as books, tables, or other hard surfaces that were handled by an infected person.  The majority of sore throat cases are caused by viruses and are not strep throat.  Viral sore throats generally do not need treatment, as they improve on their own.  

Inflamed Tonsils and Adenoids

Your tonsils, found at the back of your throat, are part of your body’s immune system.  Sometimes bacteria will invade their territory and cause your tonsils to get infected and become swollen, inflamed and enlarged.  Often, your adenoids, which sit near the tonsils in the throat, will become swollen as well.  
Anyone, regardless of age, can fall victim to a viral infection causing their tonsils and adenoids to swell.  However, these infections occur more often in children, but rarely in kids younger than two.  There are several symptoms that go along with swollen tonsils and adenoids including:
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Chills and fever
  • Inflamed, enlarged and engorged tonsils and adenoids
  • Tender and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and jaw area
  • Respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion
  • Severe sore throat
At the first onset of a sore throat it is always important to monitor the progress and recognize any other symptoms that may accompany the sore throat, causing it to worsen into strep throat, inflamed tonsils, or laryngitis.  Contact our office if you are experiencing a sore throat that won’t go away.  Our ENT in Lafayette will help diagnose and treat your symptoms.
By Dr. Sassan Falsafi
November 25, 2013
Category: ENT
Tags: Rhinoplasty   Lafayette  
Lafayette CA RhinoplastyHave you ever thought about reshaping your nose?  Whether you are unhappy with the nose you were born with, or you suffered from an injury that distorted your nose, rhinoplasty might be a solution for you. As a Lafayette area ENT, Dr. Sassan Falsafi offers rhinoplasty to reshape your nose.
Whether you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose or need surgery to improve breathing, one thing is clear: nothing has a greater impact on how a person looks than the size and shape of the nose.  If you have ever wondered how nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, could improve your looks, self-confidence, or health, it is important to understand how rhinoplasty is performed and what you can expect.

So, How do You Know if Rhinoplasty is right for you?

As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are vital.  Dr. Falsafi will also explain rhinoplasty for Lafayette residents so that you can better understand this procedure before taking the next step.  With rhinoplasty in Lafayette, Dr. Falsafi works to improve the nose aesthetically, making it harmonize better with other facial features. 
Your skin type, background and age are all important factors to be considered in discussions with Dr. Falsafi prior to surgery.  Before your nose can be altered through rhinoplasty, a young patient must reach full growth, usually around age fifteen or sixteen.  Exceptions are cases in which breathing is severely impaired.

Recovering in Lafayette from Rhinoplasty

When you first undergo rhinoplasty, your new nose will not be fully evident, as there is a recovery period.  Your recovery period will vary considerably from one person to another, as it is based on the individual.  How quickly you heal after rhinoplasty from our Lafayette ENT, Dr. Falsafi, depends on many factors, including:
  • The extent of your nose surgery
  • Your personal resilience factors
  • Your surgeon’s skill set
  • How closely you follow Dr. Falsafi’s pre and postoperative instructions
Remember to discuss your recovery with Dr. Sassan Falsafi during your initial consultation so that you can prepare for proper healing and care. At your initial consultation for rhinoplasty in Lafayette, you will be able to get a general idea of what to expect during and after your procedure.  If taking time of work or school is a consideration, or if others are dependent on you, please plan accordingly.
Contact Dr. Sassan Falsafi, our Board Certified Otolaryngologist, Face & Neck Surgeon, at (925) 299-9919.
By Dr. Sassan Falsafi
September 18, 2013
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Relief   ENT  

Find Sinus Relief in Lafayette from Dr. Sassan Falsafi 

If chronic sinus complications are troubling you, you are not alone.  A sinus problem typically beings with a viral head cold, in which congestion in your nose blocks the drainage of your sinuses that can lead to acute sinusitis.  Both your nose and your sinuses are lined by moisturizing mucus membranes, so when mucus can’t get out of the sinuses, bacteria begin to grow and that causes sinus infections. And when you can’t breathe, visiting Dr. Sassan Falsafi for sinus relief in Lafayette is vital. 
Dr. Falsafi will work with each patient in Lafayette for sinus relief so that he or she can continue with their daily activities without complications.  After all, if you can’t breathe properly it can take a toll on your day.

Let’s take a look at sinus infections:

Acute bacterial sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities that is caused by bacteria and is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack, or irritation by environmental pollutants.  Unlike a cold, however, bacterial sinusitis requires a proper diagnosis from Dr. Falsafi, ENT in Lafayette, and treatment with an antibiotic to cure the infection and prevent future complications. 
Mucus normally collects in the sinuses and drains into the nasal passages, but when you have a cold or an allergy attack; your sinuses become inflamed and are unable to drain.  Without drainage, this can lead to congestion and infection.  Your ENT will diagnose acute sinusitis if you have up to 4 weeks of purulent nasal drainage accompanied by nasal obstruction, facial pain-pressure-fullness, or both.  The sinus infection is likely bacterial if it persists for 10 days or longer, or if the symptoms worsen after an initial improvement.
Acute sinusitis becomes chronic when you have frequent sinusitis, or the infection lasts more than three months.  Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute, but untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes can require surgery to repair.  Antibiotic therapy for bacterial sinusitis may be an appropriate treatment for your sinusitis. 
If Dr. Sassan Falsafi, Lafayette ENT, thinks that you have chronic sinusitis, intensive antibiotic therapy may be prescribed.  If medical therapy fails, in-office balloon sinuplasty under local anesthesia in Lafayette is offered to eliminate physical obstructions that may contribute to sinusitis. 
From acute sinusitis to chronic sinusitis, facial pain and allergies, it is important to visit Dr. Sassan Falsafi for further diagnosis and treatment.  Take the next step toward sinus relief in Lafayette by visiting Dr. Falsafi immediately.

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