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Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Saratoga Springs NY

We specialize in diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat disorders, and stay up-to-date on current medical trends, treatment options and groundbreaking technology. Our staff is committed to providing the best care possible and helping you get back to feeling your absolute best.

We work hard to provide accurate diagnoses, competent care and the highest quality treatments available to each and every one of our patients. To learn more about our practice or make an appointment, contact us at 518-587-6610.

Allergy Testing and Treatment

Do you suffer from allergies? If so, you’re not alone. More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies. But you don’t have to continue to suffer. The first step towards treating allergies effectively is determining what you are allergic to. Today, allergy tests are more convenient and accurate than ever before. We can identify exactly what triggers your allergic reactions and design an allergy treatment plan that meets your unique needs – improving your quality of life and helping you feel your best.

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Pediatric ENT

We are dedicated to providing caring, compassionate treatment to children and adolescents with ear, nose and throat ailments. Our practice follows the latest guidelines for medical treatment of ear, nose and throat illnesses such as tonsillitis, sinusitis and ear infections (ottis media). We also treat children and young adults suffering from snoring and sleep disorders, hearing problems and speech disorders.

At North Country ENT, we pride ourselves on the outstanding pediatric care we provide. We offer advanced and trusted techniques for surgical treatment – including cold knife tonsillectomies, which offer a lower risk of postoperative bleeding and lower degree of postoperative pain for kids than other techniques. We strive to keep kids healthy and work hard to help them recover as quickly as possible when they’re suffering from ear, nose or throat ailments.

Sinus Conditions

Sinusitis: Medical, Surgical and Balloon Sinuplasty treatments

Surgery for the sinus patient is not like the old days!
Same day surgery. Better long term success. Less pain, less complications, shorter recovery.
The advances developed by your ENT doctors are truly remarkable.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Image Guided Surgery (CT images in the OR)
Septoplasty
Balloon Sinuplasty – View Videos: Balloon Sinuplasty Animation | Actual Procedure Footage

Yet, medical management including good allergy care remains the core management for the chronic sinus patient. control of Reflex disease, Allergy and other complicating conditions remain key to the successful management of the chronic sinus patient. We do it all here at NCENT.

What are the common symptoms of sinusitis? Common symptoms include:

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

Remember though that not all chronic sinus problems are infection, so visit us and we will help!

Visit my academy at:
http://www.entnet.org/content/sinus-surgery

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http://www.balloonsinuplasty.com

Headaches and Migraines

Information on Headaches

Information on Migraines

Ear Problems / Loss of Hearing

Information on Different Types of Hearing Loss

Facial Lesions

Tonsils

Cold Knife Technique
Why I utilize the “Cold Knife Dissection” technique for my Tonsillectomy Patients

The Cold Knife Tonsillectomy is I’m my opinion the best method of tonsil removal, and for a good reason! Research consistently proves “cold knife” dissection surgery has a lower risk of post operative bleeding and lower degree of post operative pain. This results in quicker recovery, less weight loss and dehydration, lower risk of complications and therefore a happier operative experience. Regardless of age, sharp dissection results in a quicker return to school, work and family.
Many surgeons use other methods for removal, including cautery, coblation, laser and other “hot” dissection methods. These are all appropriate ways to remove tonsils. They do however result in increased risk of bleeding and post operative pain as well as scaring of the “tonsil pillars”.
For clinical indications of tonsillectomy you can visit my specialty web site

References:

When diathermy was introduced, many reports claimed a significant reduction of operative time and blood loss. However, pain increased with this method. Ahsan et al detected post-tonsillectomy secondary hemorrhage rate of 9.5%. The rate of post-tonsillectomy secondary hemorrhage observed in their study was higher than the published rate of 3–5%. The role of disposable instruments and ‘hot’ techniques as possible factors in raised secondary hemorrhage rates has been the subject of recent UK-wide audits[1].Some studies showed that the rate of hemorrhage was three times higher with use of diathermy throughout an operation when compared to the traditional approach of “cold” dissection. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), together with the British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists–Head and Neck Surgeons (BAO-HNS), recommended surgeons to use as little diathermy as possible especially when it was used for both dissection and hemostasis[17].
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3446030/

In the SISP registry report secondary hemorrhage requiring return to theater after cold steel dissection with bipolar diathermy was found to be 0% (95% CI 0–2.7%). The rate of return to theater concerning bipolar diathermy was 2.2%, with coblation (0.5%) lying between cold steel with bipolar diathermy and bipolar diathermy hemorrhage rates.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3087106/

Both thermal welding and radiofrequency excision techniques have shown comparable results regarding intraoperative blood loss, postoperative hemorrhage, and pain. Compared with cold knife tonsillectomy, welding and radiofrequency excision techniques were associated with less intraoperative blood loss and duration, though cold knife tonsillectomy seems to prevail over the two techniques in terms of the postoperative pain.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165587608002693

Electrodissection increases pain in comparison to sharp dissection for tonsillectomy. Postoperative hemorrhage rates are not significantly different when comparing the 2 methods.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14574289

Outpatient tonsillectomy can be managed safely regardless of age, as long as specific factors, such as good recovery room supervision, exist.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21302685#