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What is the role of the nasal septum?

Many patients are somehow confused about what the septum is and what the role of it is in our nasal passages. Anatomically, the septum refers to the wall that separates the left and right sides of our nasal passages. There is mucous membrane lining over the entire septum on either side, and the center part […]


What is Propel sinus implant?

Endoscopic sinus surgery if performed in patient who meet the criteria for chronic sinusitis in order to further widen the sinus drainage passages. Endoscopic instruments are used to anatomically make the sinuses more accessible for natural drainage as well as sinus irrigation. Occasionally, the degree of sinus opening that was achieved at the end of […]


What are the turbinates?

The nasal passages are lined in the middle with what is called the nasal septum. On the side walls on each side, there are three sets of turbinates: The upper (superior), the middle, and the lower (inferior). The turbinates are bony projections with mucous membrane lining that provide additional surface area to the air that […]


What does vertigo really mean

Vertigo specifically refers to the sensation of the room rotating around you. It is not to be confused with other general symptoms of dizziness that could be relating to sensation of nausea, lack of focus, headaches, or general wobbliness of the surrounding areas. Vertigo may have various different presentations. Some people may experience vertigo specifically […]


Should I have a tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy surgery has been performed for thousands of years. The technique has been refined, and currently there are various different devices as well as conventional electrocautery that could be used to remove the tonsils. Patients often contemplate if their tonsils are problematic enough to consider tonsillectomy. A few decades ago, tonsillectomy procedures were very common. […]


Why do I get crusts in my nose? What is nasal vestibulitis?

Some patients may complain from occasional bouts of dry nostrils that accumulate recurring crusts and scabs. This is easily very tender to touch, and gives patient sensation of soreness locally. The basic underlying pathology for this kind of condition is an injury to the membranes of the inside of the nostril, which in medical terminology […]


What is a Eustachain Tube?

The eustachian tubes are very small structures within the head that can often cause big problems. In simple terms, the eustachian tube is a very narrow and short mucosa-lined tunnel that connects the back of the ears to the back of the nose. This is the part of the body that needs to open itself […]


Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy

The field of sleep apnea has seen numerous innovations in the past few years, aimed at achieving better results and making the treatment much more comfortable on the patients. While some therapies focus on devices and machines, others focus on surgical intervention. Each type of therapy has its own pros and cons, and your best […]



What are tonsil stones?

The correct medical term for the “holes” in the tonsils is tonsil crypts.  The normal immune-mediated swelling of the tonsil tissue sometimes creates indentations in the suface of the tonsils, which create Swiss cheese type of holes on the surface. Technically, this is more of a nuisance than a medical problem. However, the tonsils crypts […]


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