Chicago ENT Treatments

We offer a variety of ENT treatments, covering all issues with the ear, nose, and throat. Our innovative diagnostics, treatments, and care are industry-leading.

Sinus & Allergies

At ChicagoENT, we understand just how debilitating this disease is both physically and emotionally. And that’s why we are continuously conducting research to bring you the newest, most minimally-invasive treatment options available, like Balloon Sinuplasty™.

Sinus Infection Treatment Chicago

Sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is one of the most common and debilitating health problems in the U.S. In fact, research proves sinusitis is now more common than heart disease and asthma.

Sinusitis: Now Easier To Treat Than Ever Before.

The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, and are located between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose and cheeks. Each of the 4 pairs of sinuses has an opening that allows mucous to drain – this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses clear. Anything that obstructs the flow may cause mucous buildup thereby causing chronic inflammation in the sinus lining. Signs and symptoms of sinusitis may include:

• Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
• Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
• Loss of the sense of smell or taste
• Fatigue
• Bad breath • Difficulty breathing through the nose
• Teeth pain
• Headache
• Sore throat

Sinus Infection Surgery Chicago

Surgery isn’t your only option for chronic sinusitis. In fact, at ChicagoENT we’re constantly researching the latest, most cutting-edge treatments around. After your medical exam, your ChicagoENT sinus specialist will sit down with you and review your treatment options so together you can decide which treatment is right for you. Those treatments include:

1. Medical Therapy—includes antibiotics and nasal sprays.
2. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS)—procedure used to remove blockages in sinuses.
3. Traditional Instrumentation—traditional sinus surgery.
4. Balloon Sinuplasty™–the newest, most minimally-invasive surgical option

Allergy Specialists Provide Quick Accurate Diagnoses and Treatment.

Allergies affect millions of people in America. They can be seasonal (such as pollen and mold allergies) or occur year-round (such as food and pet dander allergies). Whatever the cause, allergies can make you feel uncomfortable—sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, nasal congestion, skin rash—or cause more serious, life-threatening problems such as shock and airway obstruction.

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Allergy Testing: Performed On-Site, Right Away.

We know how valuable your time is. That’s why, when you visit ChicagoENT, we get right down to business. From a simple blood test to a skin test, we’ll diagnose you on-site so we can get you feeling better in no time. Depending on what you’re allergic to and how severe the allergy is, we offer a number of treatments, medications, nasal sprays and/or allergy shots (also known as desensitization injections).

Allergy desensitization introduces the allergen into the body in very small quantities. Over time, this allows the body to adapt to this allergen and decreases the body’s reaction to it. The frequency of injections depends on your particular allergy.

Sometimes, the same disease mechanisms that cause allergies can also lead to asthma. Please click here to learn more about asthma.

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If you have more questions on Sinus and Allergies, click here for our FAQ.

Thyroid Disease Treatment Chicago

Treatment For Thyroid Nodule

Only ChicagoENT boasts the expertise and experience of one of the world’s leading thyroid and parathyroid experts and surgeons, Dr. Michael Friedman. His mission? To provide patients with the safest, most effective and minimally-invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgical options available. And that’s why more and more patients and physicians travel across the globe for diagnoses, second opinions and cutting-edge thyroid disease treatments.

Parathyroid Removal Surgery Chicago

Minimally-invasive surgery helps you heal faster: The term minimally-invasive means different things to different doctors. According to Dr. Friedman, minimally-invasive means more than just making scars less noticeable and camouflaging incisions. It means helping patients heal faster and get back to their daily routines quicker.

Commitment to our patients’ safety: You won’t find a team of doctors more dedicated and committed to patient safety. Our advanced nerve-integrity monitoring system that protects the important nerves adjacent to the thyroid and parathyroid gland is just one of the extra safety measures we take to eliminate patient risk.

Unrivaled depth and breadth of experience: Medical communities all around the world look to Dr. Friedman as the premier expert in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He’s performed more than 2,000 thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, authored and published numerous articles and textbooks, and lectured on thyroid and parathyroid surgery all across the globe. Most recently, he performed one of the first Robotic Assisted Surgeries in Chicago.

Hyperthyroidism And Its Connection To Calcium.

The parathyroid glands are the main regulators of calcium, and too much or too little calcium can cause significant problems. One of the most common causes for high calcium levels is hyperparathyroidism: an elevated parathyroid hormone level. Click here to find out more about calcium levels in blood.

If you have more questions on Thyroid and Parathyroid disorders, please click here for our FAQ.

Part 1 – Set-up and Incision
Part 2 – Elevation of Flaps, Separation of Muscles, and Middle Thyroid Vein Ligation
Part 3 – ID and Preservation of Superior Laryngeal Nerve
Part 4 – Ligation of Superior Pedicle and Parathyroid Anatomies
Part 5 – Preservation and Autotransplantation of the Parathyroid Gland

Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Chicago

Fortunately, head and neck tumors are quite rare. They can, however, have a devastating effect on a person’s appearance and how a person speaks, swallows, and breathes. At ChicagoENT, our goal is to not only eliminate the disease, but also restore our patient’s appearance, function and ability to recover emotionally.

Finding new and better ways to treat our patients with head and neck cancer remains a top priority to Dr. Michael Friedman. He recently developed and published articles highlighting many new techniques for reconstructing the trachea and larynx to allow surgical removal of the tumor. Even better, this cutting-edge technique allows patients to lead relatively normal lives. But Dr. Friedman’s not the only surgeon committed to offer less invasive options. All the head and neck surgeons at ChicagoENT often recommend using non-invasive surgical techniques combined with guidance of virtual real time computerized scans to remove tumors without more debilitating—and more invasive— open procedures. ChicagoENT also performs minimally-invasive surgery for skull base tumors. For more information on specific cancers of the head and neck, please click here.

Head and Neck Cancer Treatment of Chicago

The symptoms for head and neck cancer differ greatly depending on what type of cancer is present. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, please call ChicagoENT and schedule an appointment to meet with one of our specialists.

Symptoms of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers:

Change in the voice or hoarseness that doesn’t go away
Sore throat that does not go away
Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
Ear pain
Lump in the neck
Coughing
Symptoms of oral cancer:

A lump on the lips or in the mouth
A sore on the lips or in the mouth that does not heal
A red or white patch on the gums, tongue, tonsils, or lining of the mouth
Bleeding or pain in the lips or mouth
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Loose teeth
Sore throat
Swelling in the jaw
Symptoms of oropharyngeal cancer:

A lump in the back of the mouth, throat, or neck
A sore throat that does not go away
Cough
Difficulty swallowing
Pain behind the breastbone
Pain in the ear
Unintended weight loss
Voice changes
Symptoms of salivary cancer: It’s important to note that salivary cancer often does not have any symptoms. It may be discovered during a routine dental check-up or physical exam. Sometimes these symptoms are present:

A lump in the cheek, ear, jaw, lip, or inside of the mouth
Difficulty opening the mouth fully
Difficulty swallowing
Fluid draining from the ear
Numbness or weakness in the face
Pain in the face that does not go away
Symptoms of thyroid cancer:

A lump in the side of the neck
Difficulty swallowing
Hoarseness or other voice change

For information on diagnosing cancer of the head and neck, please click here.

For information on cancer treatment Chicago, please click here.

If you have more questions on Head and Neck Cancer, please click here for our FAQ.

Asthma

Any asthma specialist will tell you that no two cases of asthma are alike. While it afflicts children and adults alike, an asthma disorder affects the lower airway within the lungs. When these small airways are inflamed, the size of the airway opening is reduced and the amount of air that flows in and out of the lungs is decreased—and reduces the necessary oxygen to the bloodstream. Unfortunately, chronic inflammation can also lead to permanent damage of the airways and lifelong respiratory disease. Depending on a patient’s individual case, physical activity and multiple irritants can trigger the inflammation that causes asthma; and, in some cases, many of the causes of asthma are unknown.

Allergy Medication Chicago

Previously undetected asthma conditions are often triggered by allergies. At ChicagoENT, we’ve got the experts on-site to treat whatever causes your asthma symptoms, including acute asthma prevention to chronic medical management. When you come to ChicagoENT as an asthma patient, one of our skilled asthma specialists will review your history and perform a complete medical exam. Then, we’ll evaluate your particular diagnosis and review all the treatment options, from medications to inhalers.

If you have more questions on Asthma, click here for our FAQ.

Center for Hearing & Balance Disorders Chicago

Hearing Loss Treatment Chicago

Our audiologists are trained in the finest schools across the county and carefully selected by ChicagoENT’s medical director and founder Dr. Michael Friedman. That’s why more adults and children turn to ChicagoENT for the most advanced surgical and medical therapies available. From diagnosing mild, moderate and severe hearing loss, to treating ear infections and balance disorders, ChicagoENT’s Center for Hearing & Balance boasts the perfect combination of expert physicians and fully-equipped, on-site testing facilities.

We’ve Got All Your Hearing Needs Covered:

• Comprehensive audiological evaluations
• Acoustic immittance
• Otoacoustic emission testing
• Auditory brainstem testing • Videonystagmography
• Hearing aid evaluation
• Hearing aid dispensing
• Hearing protection dispensing
More than 28 million Americans (10% of the population) have some degree of hearing loss. In fact, one out of every four people age 65 and older has hearing loss and 100% of children will experience a temporary hearing loss due to ear infections or fluid at least one time before age 18.

If you think you may be experiencing mild hearing loss, click here to take ChicagoENT’s Quick Hearing Test.

Chicago ENT – Hearing Loss Treatment

Hearing aids today work a lot better and are more comfortable than older, more conventional hearing aids. Thanks to the advent of modern computer software, ChicagoENT offers a vast selection of the most effective programmable hearing aids using digital processing and directional microphones. To learn more about our different hearing aids, call ChicagoENT at 773.296.5500.

If you have more questions on Hearing and Balance, click here for our FAQ.

Vertigo

Vertigo is not the same as dizziness, although many patients describe it that way. It combines the sensation of movement with the feeling of disorientation. Depending on the cause of the vertigo, symptoms can last from a few seconds to several days. The most common symptoms of vertigo include:

Vertigo Symptoms Chicago

• Feeling that the room is spinning
• Disorientation
• Hearing loss
• Nausea
• Ringing in the ears
• Vomiting • Lightheartedness
• Abnormal eye movements
• Pale skin
• Sweating
• Walking (gait) problems
Vestibular Disorders

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Most common type of vertigo. It usually comes on when people change position, such as bending over to pick something up, turning over in bed, or moving their head quickly. The cause may be unknown or due to age, ear infection, dirt or other debris in the ear, or head trauma

Acute Vestibular Neuritis

This condition is a dysfunction with the vestibular system that lasts for a few days, but not associated with any hearing or neurological symptoms. This may be triggered by a virus.

Labyrinthitis

This is a bacterial or viral infection of the inner ear.

Meniere’s Disease

This condition is caused by a change in fluid volume in the labyrinth, and accounts for about 10% of all vertigo cases. It may cause hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing or roaring sound in the ear) in one or both ears.

Other Causes of Vertigo:

Acoustic neuroma (a benign tumor of the acoustic nerve that travels from the ear to the brain)
Aging
Anxiety disorders
Certain medications (such as anti-convulsants, alcohol, or quinine)
Foreign object in the ear
Hemorrhage in the brain
Migraine headaches
Multiple sclerosis
Reduced blood flow to the cerebellum and brain stem (this can occur during a stroke)
Trauma/injury to the inner ear or head
Underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
Viral or bacterial infections (such as an ear infection, encephalitis, or meningitis)

RISK FACTORS:

Aging
Blood circulation problem or hemorrhage in the brain
Infection
Injury to the head or neck
Migraines
Multiple sclerosis
The following symptoms may be a sign of stroke:

A change in consciousness
Difficulty speaking or walking
Double vision
Weakness
SELF-CARE Vertigo can cause you to fall if you’re not careful. These steps can help reduce your chances of falling:

Avoid changing positions quickly. When you get up from a chair or the bed, sit on the edge for a second or two and then ease up slowly.
Ask your doctor about exercises that can help improve your balance and reduce vertigo symptoms.
Sit down if you start feeling as though the room is spinning.
PROGNOSIS How well you do will depend on the condition that is causing your vertigo and how effectively it is treated. Vertigo is caused by problems with the inner ear that can be effectively treated with medication and exercises. A brain tumor or blood vessel problem can be more serious and will need to be evaluated by a neurologist.

If you have more questions on Vertigo, click here for our FAQ.

Balloon Sinuplasty™ Surgery

New Sinus Treatment at Chicago ENT

Introducing an amazing technology that delivers amazing results.
Since its introduction in 2005, Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology has emerged as a new complement to existing approaches. Balloon Sinuplasty™ has been utilized in over 125,000 patients and 350,000 sinuses. Each day approximately 200 sinus surgeries are being performed with this technology. An ever-growing trend has developed regarding the technology, the impact it has had on the way ENT physicians treat patients, and the positive outcomes it has had on patient’s lives. Ultimately, the technology may allow for significant symptom relief for patients that allows for faster return to normal daily activities – often in 24 hours. Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a novel, endoscopic, catheter-based technology utilized in sinus surgery that you can discuss with your doctor. This FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology?

Using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system, your physician gently places a Sinus Guide Catheter and a flexible Sinus Guidewire through the nostrils to access the target sinus. Next, a Sinus Balloon Catheter is advanced over the Sinus Guidewire.
The Sinus Balloon Catheter is positioned across the blocked ostium and gently inflated.
The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is removed, leaving an open sinus passageway and restoring normal drainage and function.

The Benefits in Using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology

Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical studies have indicated the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.

Minimally Invasive
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.

Reduced Bleeding
Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding associated with the procedure. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.

Quick Recovery Time
The balloon sinuplasty™ recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours.

Does Not Limit Treatment Options
This technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease. As with use of any surgical instrument, there are risks, and results may vary from patient to patient. Talk with your doctor about your specific condition to find out if using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is right for you.

CBS Minimally-Invasive Balloon Sinuplasty

Dental Sleep Apnea Appliance Chicago

Introducing dental solutions for sleep apnea– just one of the benefits of comprehensive care. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, many doctors will suggest you try an oral dental appliance. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are one of the most non-invasive effective treatment options. The problem is, unless the appliance is properly fitted, it will not do what it’s intended to do. That’s where ChicagoENT’s comprehensive approach to Dental Sleep Solutions can help.

Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea

At ChicagoENT, our Dental Sleep Specialists and ENTs always work together to ensure the oral appliances we give our patients do their job. That’s why we always give you a complete medical exam and conduct a sleep study before we send you home with your appliance. Plus, we take the time to calibrate your oral appliance based on your sleep study results so the appliance you bring home is perfect for you.

Benefits of Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea:

Non-Surgical
Comfortable
Silent
Easy to Use
Lightweight, Perfect for Travel
Less-Expensive