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WAX IN, WAX OUT

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You put your finger in your ear and feel something nasty and sticky. This is known as earwax. Most of us find it completely gross. Sometimes the thought is since you have ear wax, you did not clean your ears. This is not the case and contrary to popular belief, ear wax is a good thing. Ear wax is one of those things in the body that we find gross and see no purpose for but in actuality serves a major purpose.

What Is Earwax?

Ear wax may also be called cerumen. Sometimes you hear the term cerumen impaction at the doctor. This simply means the impaction of earwax inside the ear canal. Ear wax plays a very important role in the ear. It is part of the ear’s defense system. Ear wax protects the ear from foreign bacteria, debris, water, and insects. Ear wax helps in cleaning the ear as well as lubricating the ear. Some people naturally makes more ear wax than others. Having too much ear wax may seem like you will gain more protection, but it can create problems, specifically with hearing.

What Causes Earwax Impaction?

The more ear wax you make, the greater risk you have of getting wax impaction. Wearing hearing aids and earplugs a lot puts you at risk for ear impaction as well. When you think about cleaning your ears, the first thought is to grab alcohol and Q-tips. This is the worst thing you can do. Q-tips are bad because it pushes the wax further down into the ear canal. The wax ends up building to the point where sound becomes muffled. Sometimes it is not until this happens that you realize how important your ears are for balance. This impaction may cause dizziness as well as ringing in the ears. It may require a doctor’s visit to get the wax removed.

If you notice ear wax impaction, you should look for over-the-counter ear drops. The drops help dissolve the wax. When over-the-counter medications do not work, the doctor may have to use water and a syringe to rinse out the impacted wax. Once the wax is removed, you will feel much better. You will gain your balance back, and your hearing will be restored. Ear wax does not typically cause any damage or anything, so you do not have to worry about follow-up treatment.  

Managing Earwax

If you thought ear wax was disgusting at first, maybe understanding the purpose of it will help you like it more. Everyone has ear wax and some people just has more than others. If wax becomes impacted, it can have a direct effect on your hearing and balance. Although ear wax is good for you, you still need to make sure you clean your ears so that it does not build up. If you are suffering from too much ear wax, get the treatment you need. Make sure your ears are open and clear.  

Fort Worth Otolaryngologist Dr. Marc Dean is a Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and practicing full time in private practice. Dr. Dean specializes Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and conditions and diseases of the ear, sinus and disorders of the eustachian tube. Dr. Dean completed an Internship, in General Surgery and his Residency at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, where he now serves as Assistant Professor Otolaryngology/HNS. Dr. Dean is current President and CEO of the Otorhinologic Research Institute. Contact Dr. Dean today on his profile or call 817-332-4060. Dr. Marc Dean was named Top10MD 2015 | 2016. Only 1 in 3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States.


FINDING A SURGEON, YOU TRUST | A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH

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Surgeries that some consider routine can still sometimes cause serious complications. No matter how straightforward you think your surgery might be, you still want to be in the absolute best surgical hands.

Today, your surgeon and hospital are especially important for procedures that are new or complex or even routine. You should be concerned and research but your surgeon and the hospital for that matter as most errors happen in a hospital setting according to John Hopkins report in May noting the third leading cause of death is medical errors. In your search for the best surgeon one indicator is how often your surgeon performs the procedure you’re seeking. For example, a study by researchers at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center of people undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer found that annual death rates were nearly four times higher for those treated by surgeons who performed the fewest operations.

With that being said, how should you choose a surgeon, someone with whom you’ll be sharing some of your most personal information and entrusting with life-and-death decisions? Communication with your surgeon is essential.

Ask your prospective surgeon these questions before going under…

Are you board certified, and is your certification current?

  • Look for a surgeon who has the necessary board certification(s), necessary training, and has maintained their certification(s) in the specialty they are practicing.

Is this surgery necessary?

  • Avoiding surgery entirely is the only sure way to avoid a surgical complication; understanding the effectiveness of the surgery and having exhausted alternatives you then need to compare the results of your alternatives with the possible risks of the surgery. 

What are your success, failure, and complication rates?

  • Not all surgeons are willing to be upfront with this information, but a good surgeon will.

What is your experience with this surgery?

  • Ask your surgeon how many of these procedures he or she has performed and compare that number with other surgeons performing the same procedure. The best surgeon is not necessarily the busiest surgeon; it’s about avoiding the surgeon who has not performed the procedure as much or as often or as well.

What’s the hospital’s infection rate?

  • Seventeen states now make that information public, and many hospitals report their rates voluntarily. Kudos to them! After asking these questions and others relating to your needs, likes, and dislikes, do your homework and make your choice. Your final decision could be one of the most important you’ll make for you and your family.

To locate a Top10MD Surgeon you can trust visit Top10MD.com and schedule your appointment today.


AN OPTION FOR THE NOSE THAT CAN’T BREATHE

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Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) has proven to be a safe and effective minimally invasive procedure for sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medication. And have either had a sinus infection for more than 12 weeks or have 4 or more sinus infections each year. These patients are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.

With Balloon Sinuplasty, ENT surgeons open inflamed sinuses in the same way that a heart surgeon opens blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis. A minimally invasive Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activities quickly. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, this innovative procedure does not include cutting to remove bone or tissue from the nose.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Balloon Sinuplasty

  • 375,000+ procedures safely performed since 2005
  • Chronic sinusitis patients report improvements in sinus symptoms
  • Quality of life increases following two years post procedure
  • Fast Recovery – Most patients returned to work within two days
  • Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure
  • 35,000+ procedures have been performed safely in the office or surgery center

If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Balloon Sinuplasty is clinically proven to be a safe and effective procedure that improves sinus sufferers’ quality of life.

Is Minimally Invasive Balloon Sinuplasty safe?

With this procedure, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. More than 380,000+ patients suffer from chronic sinusitis have been treated by ENT Surgeons using Balloon Sinuplasty.

How will I feel following a Minimally Invasive Balloon Sinuplasty?

In a study tracking patients two years following their Balloon Sinuplasty Sinus Surgery, most chronic sinusitis patients report improvements in sinus symptoms and their quality of life.

Recovery following Minimally Invasive Balloon Sinuplasty

While recovery time varies with each patient to patient, recovery is typically quick. Most patients returned to work and normal activity within a couple of days.

In summary, with Balloon Sinuplasty, an ENT surgeon opens inflamed sinuses. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis allowing you to return to normal activities. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, it does not include removal of bone or tissue from the nose. This procedure is now offered by some ENT Surgeons an office setting or ambulatory surgery center under local anesthesia, with no need to undergo general anesthesia.

Dallas Fort Worth Otolaryngologist Dr. Marc Dean is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and practicing full-time in private practice. Dr. Dean  specializes in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and conditions and diseases of the ear, sinus and disorders of the eustachian tube. Dr. Dean completed his Internship, in general Surgery and his residency at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, where he now serves as Assistant Professor Otolaryngology/HNS. Dr. Dean is current President and CEO of the Otorhinologic Research Institute. Contact Dr. Dean today on his profile or call 817-332- 4060. Named Top10MD 2015 | 2016 a recognition only 1 in 3 doctors succeeds within the United States.


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