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End Suffering From Sinus Problems – SA Live KSAT

End Suffering From Sinus Problems

American Sinus Institute Director of Marketing, Courtney Shultz, and patient Marina Avila, join with San Antonio Live to discuss a procedure that could end suffering from sinus problems.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: … No one should live with sinus problems, and suffering from sinus problems. It’s time to start enjoying your life, and there is a place for that, American Sinus Institute. And with us today is Courtney Schultz, the director of marketing, and Marina Avila, a patient. How are you today?

Courtney S.: Good morning.

Marina Avila: Good morning, I’m doing very well, thank you.

Speaker 1: I bet, we’re very happy to have you ladies. Now let’s talk to you Courtney first, because you’re the director of marketing, so you know all about what American Sinus Institute does, but sinus problems is something a lot of people here in San Antonio suffer from.

Courtney S.: Especially right now with all of the rain, we’ve had a lot of mold, and what I’d like people to know is that people can be symptomatic in so many different ways. With Marina it was swollen eyes, and headaches, and congestion. Other people, it’s bronchitis, I mean there can be so many different symptoms, and I mean, why wait?

I hear so many people say I’ve been like this for 20 years, it’s simply how I live my life. And if you can go into an office and have a 20 minute procedure, the balloon sinuplasty procedure, and feel better for the rest of your life, why not come in now?

Speaker 1: That is absolutely right. Why suffer? So, Marina, I want to talk to you, because I’m sure there was a time when you were just like, I’m done suffering. What was that like before you went and saw American Sinus Institute?

Marina Avila: I suffered with this for about five years, and I’d get sinus infections six, seven times a year, where they would last for long periods of time. But continuously, I would have headaches, swelling on this side for some reason, it just kind of stayed on the right side more than anything else. At the very end, right before, I had taken the number, and actually was going to give it to my husband, and then, I got a sinus infection at the end of June, and it lasted throughout July, like three weeks of consecutive antibiotics.

It was to the point where I was breathing through the mouth, and I’m not a mouth breather.

Speaker 1: Right.

Marina Avila: I couldn’t stand it anymore, and so, I looked through my phone and I thought, this is for me, it’s time to call.

Speaker 1: Absolutely.

Marina Avila: And so I had to-

Courtney S.: And so I’ll give the number, 210 balloon, so when you saw that, you probably thought, oh it’s the balloon number, ballon sinuplasty.

Marina Avila: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Courtney S.: It’s perfect, easy.

Speaker 1: Yeah, so you called, and you went and saw them, and obviously they did magic, because how do you feel today?

Marina Avila: I feel awesome. I mean, that day, when I woke up, it was like, okay, where’s the pressure? Where’s, you know, I can even hear better, because it was a lot of pressure in my ears. So, yeah I feel awesome, I can sleep at night, I can breathe through my nose, and I haven’t had a sinus infection since then. So hopefully that’s over with.

Speaker 1: Wow, that is a big deal, I mean, it’s life changing.

Courtney S.: It’s life changing, and as she said, the two weeks of sinus pressure and the fact that she can hear a little bit better, this is a huge deal. I mean, the fact that her recovery was almost immediate, and when she woke up, she could hear a little better, she wondered where the congestion was, where the headache was. This is really cool, and people tell me when they wake up, it’s like a whole new life.

Speaker 1: Right, well I love it, thank you so much for sharing your story with us Marina, and again guys, no reason why you should be putting up with those sinus problems, get something done today and start enjoying your life. American Sinus Institute, they’re on De Zavala, 210-BALLOON. AMERICANSINUS.COM, they have a Facebook, American Sinus Institute, and the Twitter @AmericanSinusInstitute, thank you ladies. All right, coming …

Find Relief to Symptoms of Sinusitis – KPRC Click2Houston

Find Relief to Symptoms of Sinusitis

Jennifer Broome from Houston Life interviews Dr. Robert Palmer from American Sinus Institute to learn how patients can find relief to symptoms of sinusitis.


Video Transcript:

Eric: This winter has just been a really, really long one.

Speaker 2: Yeah, it really has. Thanks, Eric.

Eric: You bet.

Speaker 2: You know when the seasons change, sneezing and sleepless nights can follow. But how do you know when these are symptoms of more than just allergies? We have Dr. Robert Palmer from American Sinus Institute here to explain.

And Dr. Palmer, you know, a lot of folks this time of year are having the sniffling, the sneezing, the stuffy head from allergies. But how do you know you’re going from allergies to sinusitis?

Dr. Palmer: It’s difficult to tell, but usually you’ll have a discolored discharge that will tell you that you have an infection rather than just having symptoms of allergies. But essentially, the symptoms are exactly the same. People who suffer from allergies end up with the headaches, the sneezing. They can’t breathe, and they have pressure and pain. And they benefit from surgery as well as people that have recurring sinusitis, which is actually an infection. We treat both of those.

Speaker 2: Okay. Okay, so when you continually have issues with allergies, maybe they need to come in and say, “Hey, Dr. Palmer, what’s going on up in here?”

Dr. Palmer: Exactly. In fact, these people are the ones that need to see us. I’d rather see them before they’re infected, you know? There’s a subtle difference between it, but people who have allergies are usually hit four or five times a year, and when they have it they’re miserable. They have headaches, they have a runny nose, they can’t breathe, they have pressure pain. And it’s all because they don’t ventilate their sinuses. And once we ventilate those sinuses, they feel 100% better.

Speaker 2: Well, in sinus surgery now, what you guys do is so different than it was, say, 10, even 15-20 years ago.

Dr. Palmer: Less is better. Less is better.

Speaker 2: That’s a good thing.

Dr. Palmer: I did a lot of sinus surgery. I probably did 2000 cases endoscopically. This operation is so much better. There’s less trauma, and we get a better result.

Speaker 2: Okay, so we want to see what it’s like when a patient comes through your office, so we’re going to take everybody through a little walk-through when they go to American Sinus Institute.

Jason: Hi. I’m Jason.

Speaker 2: Hi Jason. How are you?

Jason: It’s good to see you. Thanks for coming.

Speaker 2: So, Jason, if I was a regular patient coming in, what would be the first thing that would happen now that I’m in the room?

Jason: One of the nurses would come in and do a very through intake. They’d ask you about your history, all the kind of medicines that you’ve taken.

Speaker 2: Like, do you snore? Do you … All those kind of questions. Can you sleep at night? Do you have ear pressure?

Jason: Headaches, sinus pressure, drainage. These are typical for our patients. Once that’s done, we take you over and get a CAT scan here, in the other room, and it takes about five minutes to have that come up. And then I will come in and do an exam, and go over the CAT scan with you.

Speaker 2: So, at this point you’re just kind of figuring out what’s going on up in here, right?

Jason: Yeah. We want to see, what does it look like? What’s the structure? And how can we address the structure so that the sinuses function ideally. Let me peek at you.

Speaker 2: Oh, no.

Jason: Yeah. So, I’ve got a scope.

Speaker 2: But you’ve actually done this surgery?

Jason: I have done the surgery, and the surgery helped me quite a bit. It relieved my headaches. So, turn your head this way.

Speaker 2: Is everybody else a big, wide-eyed when this comes towards their face?

Jason: All right. Be very still.

Speaker 2: So, this visit and the CAT scan is kind of where you make that decision of, “No, you’re just having allergy issues.” Or, “Yeah, you’re having major sinus issues.”

Jason: Right.

Erin: The scan only takes about 20 seconds, so it’s really quick.

Speaker 2: Oh, this has now turned into a rocket ship.

Erin: Yeah, it’s really quick and your only job is just to hold really still.

Speaker 2: I can do that.

Erin: Okay, so I’m just going to shine that little laser light here on you.

Speaker 2: And Erin, this is exactly what your patients would go through?

Erin: Yes, this is exactly what they would go through. I’m going to-

Speaker 2: What are those?

Erin:  These are just little wedge sponges that are just going to hold your head in position. And the next part is just the scan, which takes about 20 seconds.

Speaker 2: And this would be what you would do with a regular patient after they’ve had the CAT scan, like I just went and did. We were using your CAT scan, since you’ve had this surgery. So, kind of walk me through what we’re seeing. I can pick out where the eyes are. How many sinuses do we have?

Jason: Eight. There’s two in the cheeks, two between the eyes, and then two in the forehead-

Speaker 2: Oh, so that would be like that sinus headache that people get?

Jason: Yes.

Speaker 2: That’s where those are, okay.

Jason: That’s where they’re feeling it.

Speaker 2: So, how do you know in this, how do you know that it’s inflamed?

Jason: This gray is what we’re looking for in these patients. And so if they have this kind of gray, that can be washed out and cleaned. Some folks this … all of the black is completely filled in with gray, so they’re not able to drain at all and they’re miserable.

Speaker 2: So how quickly after you had it done, how quickly did you notice the difference of, “Wow. This is what it’s supposed to feel like breathing.”

Jason: For me it was instant.

Speaker 2: But it’s like a super quick … I mean, you’re not put under for very long, right?

Jason: It’s a 30-minute surgery, 30-minute prep time. 30-minute procedure and you’re here about an hour hanging around afterwards.

Speaker 2: Just to make sure.

Jason: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Speaker 2: Okay, so Dr. Palmer, I’m going to be that typical patient go, “Do you leave that balloon up in there?”

Dr. Palmer: We do not leave that balloon in here. Let me show you something here. This is the little catheter that has the balloon on it, and you can see how small it is.

Speaker 2: Well, that’s smaller than the thing that Jason stuck up my nose.

Dr. Palmer: Well, that was the scope. That was the scope. This is just the balloon, and that goes into the sinus. See that, from here to here, that will go into the sinus. And then we take a syringe and we blow it up. It goes up to about six millimeters.

Speaker 2:  Which is small.

Dr. Palmer: Which is small. The sinuses are only about one to two millimeters. And we dilate it for 10 seconds and then we take it out.

Speaker 2: So of course, Dr. Palmer, you know I had to be that one to ask, “Are you going to leave that balloon up in the nose?” But I was so surprised with Jason. He said he instantly, right after the surgery, could breathe.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly.

Speaker 2: He could feel the nose breathe, not the mouth breathing he’d done for years.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly. Yes, the balloon is taken out. It’s not left in your nose.

Speaker 2: You’ve got to ask.

Dr. Palmer: And the beauty about what we do, every time we operate on somebody for the sinuses, we shrink the mucosa of the nose. Because if you can’t breathe, those sinuses can get blocked and then you breathe through your mouth. You get a dry mouth and you snore. So, when we … the Honrubia technique, every time we address the turbinates and shrink them with coblation. It’s a radio frequency device, and it shrinks it so now you can breathe and your sinuses will stay open.

Speaker 2: And the surgery itself is very, very short. And recovery time seems really short.

Dr. Palmer: Yes, 15 minutes is the shortest. Sometimes it takes me 30 minutes. A tough case would take 45. And the beauty is we don’t pack the nose so when you leave, your nose is open. You can breathe. And within three or four days, you’re feeling 100% better.

Speaker 2: Dr. Palmer, you are changing lives every day with folks, making them be able to breathe. Now for more information, to schedule your appointment with American Sinus Institute, you can call 713 BALLOON. That works out to be 713-225-5666. Or visit americansinus.com. Thank you again, Dr. Palmer, for coming in.

Dr. Palmer: Thank you. I appreciate it.

Speaker 2: Coming up next, the hassle-free-

Medical Hot Topics – Great Day Houston

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Dr. William Ross Brown, Dr. Terri Alani, and Dr. Robert Palmer join with Great Day Houston to discuss current Medical Hot Topics.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: Get ready for fun. Get ready for laughs. Get ready to have a great day. It’s Great Day Houston. And now here’s your host, Deborah Duncan.

Deborah Duncan: Good morning everyone and welcome to Great Day Houston. It is medical Monday and this is heart month. As we know, there are all kinds of things that can lead to the malfunction of your heart. Diabetes, certain drugs, AFIB. And a new study looks at how a migraine may be a risk factor for heart disease as well. Plus, as Americans spend more and more time on their smartphones what does science say now about a possible cancer link?

Let’s find out in medical hot topics. And on our panel this morning, we have Dr. William Ross Brown who’s an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Terri Alani, family and cosmetic dentist, and Dr. Robert Palmer, a head and neck surgeon. Good morning.

Terri Alani: Good morning.

William Ross B.: Good morning.

Deborah Duncan: So as if we need something else to be a risk factor for heart disease because it is the number one killer of men and women around the world. It says, “Migraines could be a risk factor for heart disease as well. Women with migraines and people with migraines with aura have the greatest risk.”

William Ross B.: That’s right. This was a fairly large study out of Denmark that showed an association with migraines and a higher risk of heart disease. It’s interesting. It’s an observational study so it’s important to remember that it needs definitely warrants more study, but it is an interesting association.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah. All right. But can we also look at just any kind of stress that you would put on the body. If your heart is teetering anyway-

William Ross B.: Right.

Deborah Duncan: Any kind of stress on the body could probably trigger a heart attack?

William Ross B.: Well recently we’ve been talking about flu a lot and that’s a generalized inflammation state. And so any stress on the body can increase blood pressure and increase the risk of heart problems.

Terri Alani: And maybe what that study maybe it is a wake up call for people that do have intense migraines, maybe to seek preventative measures and see a cardiologist and just be tested.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah, yeah. We were talking about there are around the holidays between November and December, there are a lot of folks who have heart attacks because it’s induced by the food that we eat.

William Ross B.: Right. It’s all about risk factors really. Do you have family history, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and any additional stressor like alcohol or dietary changes can really-

Deborah Duncan: So to your point, make sure your heart is healthy.

Terri Alani:  Exactly.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah. Go get checked and make sure it’s healthy. All right. The difference between colds, sinus infection, flu, all of them kind of share some symptoms. And a lot of times, in the beginning, people try to figure it out or thinking, “Is it the flu? No. Probably it’s just a cold. Maybe it’s not a cold. Maybe it’s the flu.” And then maybe it’s sinus issues.

Robert Palmer: They’re all interrelated. I mean, basically you don’t get a sinus infection unless you have bad allergies or you have a head cold. So when you get a head cold, which is usually viral, if it lasts for several weeks, then you probably did get into a sinus infection. But the symptoms are somewhat the same. But most people just don’t get a sinus infection. They get it as a result of having a head cold or the flu or they have bad allergies.

Deborah Duncan: Because of plumbing issue basically?

Robert Palmer: Exactly. It’s just a ventilation problem.

Terri Alani: So what would you say because we get a lot of patients, first of all, if you have the flu, please do not come see the dentist.

Robert Palmer: Exactly.

Terri Alani: That’s all I can tell you.

Deborah Duncan: Or have a cold.

Terri Alani: But my question is you see so many people that have a head cold or whatever and they automatically decide they need to be on antibiotics. What’s the answer to that?

Deborah Duncan: That’s a big problem.

Robert Palmer: I discourage it. It should be a protractic problem and then you should be evaluated where you can tell if it is truly a bacterial infection. If you go on antibiotics for a viral infection, it’s not really gonna help you. And it has so many side effects.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah. And the CDC-

Robert Palmer: It can mess up your GI tract.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah. And the CDC will say one of the biggest issues they have is how many times people are over medicating with antibiotics and so when you really need those antibiotics to work, they’re not working.

Terri Alani: But does it usually go away on its own? Because I was very sick in January and I actually went to the doctor and they did put me on antibiotics because they thought I had a secondary sinus infection, but are you saying that sinus infection ultimately will just  go away without antibiotics?

Robert Palmer: In most cases. People get into chronic sinusitis, which is where they have changes that never go away or they have recurring acute episodes, which we classify as chronic sinusitis. But basically most people get a sinus infection, even if they didn’t go on antibiotics, will eventually get better. It may take a while. So I’m not opposed to antibiotics.

Once you find out and can feel safe that you’ve diagnosed a bacterial-

Deborah Duncan: Right. That it actually is an infection.

Terri Alani: And is it too late to get a flu shot?

Robert Palmer: No.

Terri Alani: Okay.

Deborah Duncan: Apparently it’s never too late to get a flu shot. Especially this year.

William Ross B.: And I wanna add to that too to be careful about over the counter cold medicines. Because they can interact with heart medicines and heart conditions.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah, yeah. ‘Cause that’s a big issue. A lot of times what we do is we grab the one that has all the symptoms on it and just say, “Okay. That one is probably the most effective.” And take that. And then if it’s not working 45 minutes later, we’ll take another one, right?

Robert Palmer: Well the problem with over the counter, they always put a decongestant with the antihistamine. And decongestants are essentially cardio vascular drugs. They increase your blood pressure and so on. And you can’t use those much longer than four to five days.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah. Which the important thing go ask the pharmacist. I think a lot of times people forget that the pharmacist actually knows what those interactions could be and they’re there to help you. Even with the over the counter stuff. Walk up and say, “Hey, look. These are my symptoms. Here’s what I’m taking otherwise. What should I do?”

Terri Alani: Pharmacists are very smart.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah. Exactly. All right. Up next. Could Botox stop teeth grinding? Botox is a miracle.

Terri Alani: Botox is awesome. We all love Botox, all the ladies out there, but absolutely-

Deborah Duncan: I just get it for teeth grinding.

Terri Alani: Absolutely yes. It’s safe and it’s effective. We do it in our office. What you try to do is you inject the Botox, it’s painless, into the two major muscles that clench when you grind. It’s your masator muscle and your temporals muscle. And so unlike a night guard, which actually just keeps you from grinding, the Botox actually addresses the problem. So yes, it works wonderfully.

Deborah Duncan: Can we get like a little right here?

Terri Alani: Absolutely.

Deborah Duncan: And a little right here too.

Terri Alani: Absolutely.

Deborah Duncan: You have some extra left over there. All right. It seems like everything causes cancer or heart disease. And so is there a cancer link with cell phones? There’s a study that tested cell phone radiation on rats and they found a very weak link between cell phones and cancer. So kind of reaffirming what I think we’ve heard before in certain things.

Terri Alani: Deborah, I think that you have a higher chance of having a car accident, talking on your cell phone, and texting, than you do getting cancer from a cell phone.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah, yeah. All right. And finally, I love this. This is another study that keeps coming up for every single ailment there is. Could two drinks a day help fight Alzheimer’s? And could drinks help fight heart disease? All those types of things.

William Ross B.: We do see a connection between alcohol and the prevention of heart disease. Of course in moderation. I think overall, we were talking about a general inflammatory stress on the body then alcohol has been shown to minimize that.

Deborah Duncan: Okay. It’s like two doses a day could increase the function of lymphatic system, which removes waste products from the brain. So drink up people, but I think it’s all in moderation, as you say.

William Ross B.: Moderation.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah, that’s the key right there. All right. Thank you all very much.

Removing Sinus Infections – Great Day Houston

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Dr. Robert Palmer joins with Great Day Houston to talk about a procedure that removes sinus infections.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: Welcome back to Great Day. It is everyday life for so many people living in Houston. Wheezing, sneezing, stuffy nose and headaches. Dr. Robert Palmer from American sinus institute says you don’t have to live that way. His patient Sherri Lockstercamp is proof of that. Welcome.

Alright. We were talking during the commercial break, and you said, if you’re living in Texas, you have a higher chance of dealing with allergies, but Houston does it bigger and better than anybody.

Dr. Palmer: So true, much more than Dallas Fortworth.

Speaker 1: Give us that comparison.

Dr. Palmer: In Houston and Austin as well, an allergy count that’s bad is probably about 150 thousand. I live near Fortworth, and when it was 12, they thought it was bad.

Speaker 1: Oh, wow.

Dr. Palmer: So it’s quite a bit different.

Speaker 1: And you felt every bit of it, didn’t you?

Sherri: Oh yes. For many years.

Speaker 1: And so, for many years, what were you dealing with? I think sometimes, people, if they don’t suffer from this, they don’t understand how it definitely shuts you down.

Sherri: It does shut you down. Probably 20 plus years, I was dealing with just not being able to breathe. Literally, I couldn’t leave the house without my nasal spray, just to get me through the day. When I was flying, I would get these sinus pressure headaches, just awful.

Speaker 1: And then taking all the over the counter medications.

Sherri: Yeah, that’s true.

Speaker 1: How did you find out about this procedure we’re about to talk about?

Sherri: Well, I was watching your show and I saw it on the television, and I was like, this sounds like something that could really work for me. I want to do the … trying to see if this is right. So, I saw the doctor and he gave me just an initial exam, and he’s like, you’re a candidate.

Speaker 1: Right. Okay. What makes a candidate and what types of symptoms are we talking about? Some of the things that she mentioned.

Dr. Palmer: There’s a lot of different things that can cause problems, have sinus … but she’s the perfect candidate for what we do. You heard what she said, she couldn’t breathe, she couldn’t fly, she had pressure headaches. What she’s describing is a ventilation problem. She probably had sinus infections and didn’t even know about it, but that’s the point.

Speaker 1: As you said earlier, sometimes those sinus infections will clear themselves up, but you’re miserable during the process.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly. So, what we do, is we reestablish ventilation. That cuts down on the negative pressure, you don’t have the headaches, and then we shrink the mucosa in the nose so you can breathe. Because when your mucosa is swollen, your sinuses get blocked. It’s a ventilation drainage problem. We did the balloon sinuplasty on her and opened her nasal passage and she’s doing wonderfully.

Speaker 1: Now, there are a lot of folks who may have had a procedure several years ago, where they remove the tissue and the bone and all that type of stuff and it’s a much more aggressive surgery, so they’re thinking they might not want to do that. This is new technology, this is a new procedure.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly, it’s not surgery at all, it’s a procedure. It’s essentially just dilating the sinuses and not damaging them. That’s the point. You can’t damage the sinuses. They work by mucociliary flow, and when you go in surgically and cut things, you make that inefficient.

Speaker 1: It causes problems, but that’s not what you’re doing right here. You’re opening them up.

Dr. Palmer: No, we’re opening them up.

Speaker 1: So, once they’re opened up, is that for good?

Dr. Palmer: I hope so. Let’s put it this way, it should be. Now, if somebody has bad allergies, I can’t change their allergies with this procedure. I make people who have allergies live with them much better with this procedure.

Speaker 1: Because things are flowing now.

Dr. Palmer: But if they do get into that congestion again, it can easily be done again.

Speaker 1: Alright. So, you had the procedure done.

Sherri: I did.

Speaker 1: And, when did you first notice that-

Sherri: Within 12 hours.

Speaker 1: Really?

Sherri: Oh yeah, I had no swelling, I had no nothing, no bruising. I was able to just breathe immediately.

Speaker 1: How long did it take you before you weren’t searching for your nasal spray?

Sherri: Well, three days, maybe.

Speaker 1: It’s funny because people often times go, where’s my nasal … oh wait, I don’t need it anymore.

Sherri: Exactly. Now, my new normal is, I can breathe. I don’t have to be searching for the nasal spray. It’s just a normal … I was gonna say, you’ve heard that old adage if it’s too good to be true it probably is. In this case, it’s true. It’s so good and it’s true.

Speaker 1: You suffered all that time and didn’t have to. Alright. When someone … another important point she made, is that when she came in, you did an evaluation. People need to go to the right doctor, preferably you, right, to understand what the procedure is and what’s actually happening. We think about the nose as just being right here, the nose is really … all the stuff is connected.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly.

Speaker 1: Importance of going to the right doctor.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly. You need to go to somebody who has … understands the sinuses and also understands balloon sinuplasty. I did thousands of endoscopic sinus cases and got reasonable results, but what I found, the less I did, the better I got with that procedure. But that procedure still damages the sinuses. This procedure does not.

Speaker 1: So, again, when you ask the doctor, this is the procedure you want. Cause a lot of time, people say, we can fix it, or if it’s medications, but medications don’t get to the root of the problem, right. They just deal with the symptoms. And so, now, she can breathe again.

Sherri: I can.

Speaker 1: Doesn’t need her best friend anymore, that nasal spray.

Sherri: That’s right.

Speaker 1: Alright. Thank you very much. To make your appointment with the American Sinus Institute, call 713-Balloon. That works out to be 713 225 5666. For more information on … you can log onto AmericanSinus.com

 

A Permanent Solution to Sinus Problems – Great Day Houston

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Dr. Kevin Smith joins with Great Day Houston to talk about a more permanent solution to sinus problems.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: Welcome back to Great Day Medical Monday. Okay, so one medication dries you out too much, the other addresses the sneezing, but does nothing for the watery eyes, and the stuff that helps you to breathe through your nose, it says you should only use it for a few days at a time. If you’re tired of trying to medicate away your sinus problems, why not just fix it and forget about it? You’ll be in and out and breathing through that snout in no time. How about that?

Okay, joining us with a more permanent solution to sinus problems, welcome Dr. Kevin Smith with American Sinus Institute. Good morning.

Dr. Kevin Smith: Good morning.

Speaker 1: All right. That is what we do. We touched on that in the earlier segments, that we have a symptom, we want the symptom to go away, we don’t really look at what’s causing it. Temporary relief of over the counter medications, obviously fine?

Dr. Kevin Smith: That’s fine, but you want to get to the root cause of why you’re having all these symptoms. People in Houston suffer every day from sinus, allergies, stuffiness, inability to sleep, and so you need to find out what is the root cause of that and address it and move on with life.

Speaker 1: Yeah, okay. So I usually get hit one time a year with ragweed and that’s it. So over the counter medications in that case …

Dr. Kevin Smith: That’s fine, but we’re talking about the chronic problems where you’re chronically sniffing and snorting, coughing at work, you know, what have you, you’re not sleeping at night.

Speaker 1: You’re miserable.

Dr. Kevin Smith: Yeah, you’re just miserable.

Speaker 1: Okay. So that facial pressure, the headaches, the runny nose. How often would you say, if somebody’s dealing with all these symptoms that we see up there, what person should come in and say, “Okay, we need to look at another procedure?”

Dr. Kevin Smith: If you’re having sinus infections more than three times a year, you’re congested or can’t breathe more than 50% of the time, every morning, every night you’re congested, you have headaches that are chronic. It’s not normal to have a headache, first of all. So any headaches that are once a week, once a month even, that’s too many.

Speaker 1: Yeah. Now here’s the problem. A lot of times people will go to a doctor and list maybe some of their symptoms, and they’ll treat for the migraines, they’ll treat for the sleep apnea, they’ll treat for the gastric reflux, all these things, not realizing that it all kind of centers right here. And then, of course, there’s allergies and sinus issues, sometimes you get one or the other, or both [00:02:00] together.

Dr. Kevin Smith: That’s right. They can be a combination of both together, which is really horrible. You have the allergies, which cause the swelling in the nose, you can’t breathe, it blocks the sinus passages. The passages then get infected, then you have to get the antibiotic to get it treated. It’s just a vicious cycle that you’re going through.

Speaker 1: Yeah. Okay. So, we can take care of this once and for all in many cases.

Dr. Kevin Smith: We really can. The American Sinus Institute, what we do is we use the balloon sinuplasty, which is a very easy technique that we use to open up the sinuses naturally. We don’t take [00:02:30] out or remove any tissue, and we help you breathe better, feel better, gives you much more energy, and you’re back at work or back at school the next day after the procedure.

Speaker 1: So it literally, what just goes in there like a Roto-Rooter? What does it do?

Dr. Kevin Smith: Well, it’s like a little balloon. It’s a six by 16 millimeter balloon. The wire helps find the track, the balloon then slides over the wire, we blow it up then we take it out and move to the other side and do the other sinuses. It takes literally … I’ve done this, shortest 13 minutes …

Speaker 1: Wow.

Dr. Kevin Smith: … to get everything done and have you feeling better.

Speaker 1: Yeah, yeah. All right. So once that’s done, is it done for good or is it something you keep under maintenance?

Dr. Kevin Smith: Well about 90 … More than 90% of the balloon sinuplastys we do are permanent. There are occasions where you might get a little scar tissue, you may have to redo it, but it’s nothing really major. You come in, you get it done and you’re out.

Speaker 1: Yeah. Now what were people doing before? ‘Cause I know, I’ve had other friends who’ve dealt with this. I’ve said, “Just go get taken care of, there’s this procedure.” They’re like, “No, my mother had that years ago. I hated it, she hated it.” But it’s not the same thing.

Dr. Kevin Smith: It’s nothing like that. If you go on YouTube and look at sinus surgery, you’re gonna see all these horrific stories about using packing, taking out tissues, post-operative bleeding, those types of things. Well, with the balloon sinuplasty, we’re not removing any tissue. What we’re doing is just dilating up the normal passageways and allowing it to do what it’s supposed to do, drain the sinuses and help aerate the sinuses.

Speaker 1: Yeah. Now one reason why people may put something like this off is cost, but if you look at if you’re constantly using the decongestants, the anti-histamines, the nasal sprays, you’re spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on this.

Dr. Kevin Smith: You really are, and when you’re looking at people who are suffering on a yearly basis. I mean, you’re looking at nose sprays. Sometimes I even hate to tell people to take nose sprays, even if it’s temporary, they cost so much. So with the nose sprays, the decongestants, all those things, if you look at that annual expense, you could take that, pay us the co-pay, which is usually 25, 30 dollars, and maybe your out of pocket might be $1500 or so. And you get the balloon sinuplasty done and you’re on with life.

Speaker 1: And when you feel better, that’s priceless.

Dr. Kevin Smith: Oh, it is.

Speaker 1: All right. Dr. Smith, thank you very much. To schedule an appointment with American Sinus Institute, you can call 713 BALLOON. 713 BALLOON. That’s 713-225-5666. 713-225-5666. Or visit them online at AmericanSinus.com. You also deal with allergy issues and the whole bit, but the bottom line is if you keep suffering with this, go in, at least know where you stand and if this will work for you.

Dr. Kevin Smith: Exactly.

Speaker 1: All right. Thank you very much.

Dr. Kevin Smith: Thank you.

 

Balloon Sinuplasty Solves Sinus Problems – SA Live KSAT

sinus problems relief

PA Katrina Zedan joins client Roland Navaira and his wife Alice on SA Live to talk about how resolving Roland’s sinus problems has changed his life.


Video Transcript:

Fiona: Welcome back to SA Live. Well, the cold front has moved in and brought those dreaded sinus diseases along with it. Joining me today is Katrina Ze- Zedan with the American Sinus Institute. Thank you so much for being here. What are some of the signs and symptoms of having sinus problems?

Katrina Zedan: Sinus pain, sinus pressure, frequent sinus infections. When medications fail to work …

Fiona: Yes.

Katrina Zedan: … patients end up in our office.

Fiona: (laughs) Because sometimes they don’t always work. You’re like …

Katrina Zedan: That’s right.

Fiona: “Oh, my goodness. I can’t take it anymore.” How is American Sinus helping those sinus problems to the curb?

Katrina Zedan: We do an evaluation on the patient. We do a CT scan, we fully examine them, and we look at to see if balloon sinuplasty would be the, the, the way to go.

Fiona: So what kind of results are people going to see after this procedure.

Katrina Zedan: Well, it’s great because we have patients here to tell us exactly how they feel. The great thing is is there are symptoms that people don’t associate with sinuses, like the trouble sleeping, the snoring that people get, or the headaches. People think it’s migraines, and they end up being sinus headaches, so we’re going to see wha-

Fiona: Yeah, you mentioned we have patients here today.

Katrina Zedan: Yes, exactly.

Fiona: And Mike is standing by with both of them.

Mike: Roland and Alice Navaira. By the way, married 52 years.

Alice: Yes.

Mike: That is absolutely wonderful. You were just a child, weren’t you? So, anyway, back to the topic at hand, you had the, the operation, the surgery, Roland, right?

Roland: I, I did.

Mike: What was it like before you had it?

Roland: Well, before I had a lot of congestion.

Mike: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Roland: Uh, a lot of sinus headaches, pressure …

Mike: Okay.

Roland: I snore like a bear at night.

Alice: That he did.

Mike: That he- Okay. No getting away from that one, is he? So …

Roland: No, I didn’t.

Mike: Okay, so …

Roland: And I probably won’t.

Mike: Now, after you had it and they took out all the packing and everything like that, did- was it an immediate just …

Roland: Oh, I could feel the difference immediately.

Mike: Okay.

Roland: I mean, um, I was breathing a lot easier, I no longer had the sinus pressure, I no longer had the headaches, or I- nil- I- I’m not- um, any longer had to get up in the morning and rush to the bedroom to blow my nose. That was …

Mike: Okay.

Roland: That was-

Mike: How did it change your life?

Alice: I could sleep better because I didn’t have to nudge him all night long because he was snoring. And I noticed that instantly. You know, I said, you know, a day later, I said, “You know what? I didn’t hear you snore today.”

Mike: And so, one of the other benefits, I would assume, because you slept better, you’re more rested and you said he- in a better mood basically, so …

Roland: Oh yeah.

Alice: Exactly, exactly.

Mike: Okay.

Alice: I could tell. In the morning the first thing he would do, run to the bathroom, blow his nose …

Mike: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Alice: And then, all day long, you know, I could tell in his facial expressions that he just wasn’t feeling good. You know?

Mike: Okay.

Roland: It’s funny. I’m laughing because of the fact that she used to tell me in the morning when I wa- she heard me blow my nose, she says, “You’re going to blow your brains out.” (laughter)

Alice: Yes. He would. He doesn’t do that.

Roland: I feel something stuck in there, you know, so I got to get it out.

Mike: How- How did you- How long ago did you have the procedure?

Roland: I had mine back in January, I believe.

Mike: Okay. And then ever since then, it’s just been fantastic, right?

Roland: Oh. No more headaches.

Mike: And about how long was the recovery period?

Roland: For me was like about two or three weeks.

Mike: Okay.

Roland: But it was- I’m pretty good at [crosstalk 03:04].

Mike: And you’re, you’re a new person, basically, right?

Roland: Oh, yeah.

Mike: Okay. Are those results typical, Doctor?

Katrina Zedan: They are typical. Uh, we have many patients that think, like I said, they have migraines and they end up being sinus headaches. We have patients that are breathing better now.

Roland: Oh yeah.

Katrina Zedan: And like you said, when they’re sleeping better, you know, they wake up with more energy and they’re not so irritated or fatigued right, throughout the day.

Roland: Exactly.

Katrina Zedan: So it makes a big difference. But the big thing is the sinus pain, the pressure, and the infections that patients get, they no longer get. So again, when medicine fails to work, come see us. We’d be happy to, to help you live a lot better …

Roland: Oh, yeah.

Katrina Zedan: … than you are now. (chuckles)

Fiona: Roland, what would you tell to viewers who might be unsure or scared to make that appointment?

Roland: There’s nothing to be scared of. I mean, you know, just, if you’re having sinus problems, make the call. I did. I mean, and I’m glad I did, because, uh, I’ve- I’ve- I breath a lot easier now.

Fiona: And she’s so happy. (laughter)

Mike: And you’re …

Roland: Oh yeah. And a happy wife is a happy life. You know, like just what they say, so … (laughter)

Crowd: (cheers)

Mike: Another 52 years, so it’s worth it. So …

Roland: Yeah. All set for ten more.

Mike: Thank you both for being here.

Fiona: All right, Roland, thank you so much for telling your story. You too, thank you. For more information you can call 225-5666, that’s 225-5666. Or head to americansinus.com. All right, coming up-

Using Foods to Fight Fall Allergies – KPRC Click2Houston

Foods to fight fall allergies

Dr. Anand Shah talks to the KPRC Click2Houston team about how you can fight back against your fall allergies with different kinds of food.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: This is the itchy eyes and that scratchy throat. Yeah, fall allergies are leaving us pretty miserable. But, there are ways to relieve symptoms without heading to your medicine cabinet.

Speaker 2: Go to the kitchen instead, change your diet here. Health department reporter Hailey Hernandez talking about some foods that might be able to help out.

Hailey H.: Right, food for thought.

Speaker 2: There you go.

Hailey H.: Produce could help serve the purpose of relieving some allergy symptoms. And, one doctor says that this year we need help everywhere we can get it. Mold, pollen, and ragweed, here to stay indefinitely.

Dr. Shah: It’s gonna be pretty severe this year here in Texas because of a lot of the things that have happened with all the rainfall and water. Definitely eat your vegetables.

Hailey H.: That’s right. For all the fall sniffling, sneezing, and itchiness, doctor Shaw from the American Sinus Institute says to eat vegetables. With antiinflammatory elements in vitamin C, he recommends veggies like broccoli and celery.

Dr. Shah: The thought process is vitamin C, which is found in many plant-based foods, broccoli for example, may have an antihistamine effect, which is beneficial. And then, vitamin A, found in carrots for example, can just directly enhance the immune system.

Hailey H.:  In addition to carrots, onions and garlic can help in a similar way.

Dr. Shah: Onions and garlic are also thought to enhance the immune system. Not quite through that mechanism, but they’re also beneficial.

Hailey H.: They have another immune fighting property, Corcidin, which Dr. Shaw says also helps with inflammation. And, vitamin A foods are thought to improve allergies since some studies show people with low vitamin A are more likely to have asthma and allergies. This season, you can eat pumpkin to get lots of vitamin A. Yeah, you see how nature gives the foods during the seasons that we need them most? Don’t forget that if you boil any of those vegetables, then you still have some of the vitamins and nutrients in the water. You can use that to make soup. As a matter of fact, I’m putting an anti allergy soup on click2houston.com right now under the health section. I also put a video on my Facebook of me making it.

Speaker 2: Oh, so you’re doing recipe now Hailey? How about it?

Hailey H.:  I’m a terrible cook.

Speaker 1: I thought you said you were bringing in soup.

Hailey H.:  I don’t know if you…

Speaker 1: I don’t need a recipe.

Hailey H.:  Every time I bring you guys health foods, you all tell me how terrible it is.

Speaker 1: That is true.

Speaker 2: Fair point.

Speaker 1: It’s definitely terrible.

Hailey H.:  And, this one, I forgot an ingredient, so I’m not gonna torture you with that.

Speaker 2: Alright, so followup question. Foods we should avoid?

Hailey H.: Right. So, there are some foods that you should avoid. A lot of foods that are associated with ragweed, so if you have an allergy to ragweed, bananas, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, chamomile, and hibiscus tea.

Speaker 2: Whoa.

Hailey H.:  It’s so interesting-

Speaker 1:  Really?

Hailey H.:  … because every time I drink hibiscus tea, it feels like my sinuses are just closing in on me. I hate it.

Speaker 1:  Interesting.

Hailey H.: And, I have an allergy to ragweed. So now, I’m putting the two together. Pretty interesting.

Speaker 2:  That’s why I stopped eating bananas, I think. Subconsciously, maybe. Because of the ragweed and the banana thing.

Hailey H.:  That’s it?

Speaker 1: That’s so interesting.

Hailey H.:  Really?

Speaker 2: No, seriously. Because, I don’t know why, I just stopped because I think in the winter it was too much.

Speaker 1: Who knew?

Hailey H.:  Yeah.

Speaker 2: That makes sense now.

Hailey H.: It just kinda leaves you funny feeling? That’s what hibiscus tea does to me. I don’t like it.

Speaker 1:  Alright.

Speaker 2: Yeah.

Speaker 1:  Thank you.

Hailey H.: Thanks guys.

Speaker 1:  Good information. Wow.

Speaker 2:  Really.

Speaker 1: All right, who can forget this little mama?

Speaker 2: This is so good.

Allergies Can Cause Recurrent Sinus Infections

Dr. Robert Palmer from American Sinus Institute stopped by Houston Live to discuss how allergies can cause recurrent sinus infections and who can benefit from the balloon sinuplasty procedure.


Video Transcript:

Sharron Melton: All right, we got a live look at Galveston. It’s the pyramids in Galveston it looks like overcast and we are getting rain all day long, probably

Derrick Shore: Certainly will. So, you know part of living in our great city of Houston is that allergy season can be brutal.

Sharron Melton: Did you say great for living is allergies?

Derrick Shore: Nobody warned about this before I moved here.

Sharron Melton: Sorry.

Derrick Shore: The sinus pressure, the difficulty breathing…

Sharron Melton: Me

Derrick Shore: Me too.

Sharron Melton: We all deal with it and now with flu season in full swing, that can make things even worse. So what do you do, and how do you handle all this; especially when it comes to your symptoms? Joining us now, with more of those answers is Dr. Robert Palmer with American Sinus Institute. Hi! Dr. Palmer. Thank you so much for joining us. Because, especially as a sinus sufferer myself, I really have questions for you. Now tell me first of all, a lot of people are dealing with their sinuses and probably not even tackling them right now because of Harvey and all of that. But what should people be doing now to prepare themselves for this season, that is going to be a long one for a lot of people?

Dr. Robert Palmer: Well most people are having an extra whammy because of what happened. And the allergen count is high, there’s bacteria counts that are higher and there’s the moles, but in any event, this time is gonna be tough because they’re trying to take care of their priorities at home…

Derrick Shore: Yeah!

Dr. Robert Palmer: but they probably should use some saltwater solutions and some over-the-counter medication for allergies which will help them out.

Derrick Shore: So, the saltwater solution sort of flushes out some of those contaminants?

Dr. Robert Palmer: Exactly.  It’s particular, it’s not an allergen per say, like you know, molds and your trees and pollen. These are actually particulates, you know, from sawdust, from sheetrock. Gets into your sinuses. It becomes an irritant, can cause recurring infections.

Dr. Robert Palmer: So, this is like a one-two punch, by the way, for the people who have been tearing stuff out of their homes. We’re dealing with all of the dust and everything. One thing that we’ve talked about before, is when people are experiencing these symptoms, a tricky, tricky part, is figuring out the cause of those symptoms.

Sharron Melton: All the time.

Derrick Shore: So, can you explain how you guys were able to diagnose and treat the problem?

Dr. Robert Palmer: Exactly. I mean the symptoms are the same with allergies and an infection. The infection may be more intense. It’s essentially the sinuses get blocked, they can get blocked from allergies, they can get blocked from particulate matter, and they can get blocked from upper respiratory tract infection which is viral.

Derrick Shore: and that can lead to facial pressure?

Dr. Robert Palmer: That leads to pain, the drainage and essentially will eventually become a sinus infection. And people who have that recurring, greater than three or four times a year, fall under the category that they need to have a procedure that will reestablish ventilation and that’s what we do at the Sinus Institute.

Sharron Melton: I know one thing I’ve always been taught is, okay this is probably gonna be gross, but to look at, when you sneeze, of course your mucus, and the color of the mucus to determine, you know if it’s just an allergy, if it’s just regular sinus or something more than that. Does that still help and hold true?

Dr. Robert Palmer: Yeah! It does. I mean, you can have particulate matter that can cause the mucus to change, but most of time it’s a discoloration with the facial pain that suggests that you have a sinus infection and you will need antibiotics…

Sharron Melton: mm-hmm

Dr. Robert Palmer: you just have allergies and the mucus is clear but you still have pain, you don’t need antibiotics for that you need some type of topical spray, antihistamines, decongestants to help you breathe and help you ventilate.

Sharron Melton: So what happens, though, if you are on medication but the medication isn’t working anymore? What should you do next?

Dr. Robert Palmer: You need to come and see the American Sinus Institute. That means that you’re not ventilating or you’re not draining. Okay, you have to drain. The sinuses are active. They’re always producing mucus. If they get blocked and retain fluid, the fluid is nothing more than protein and sugar and guess what likes protein and sugar, besides us?

Sharron Melton: Bacteria, yeah!

Dr. Robert Palmer: If it stays in there and nasal passages are blocked that bacteria gets into the sinus and you end up with the sinusitis.

Derrick Shore: Oh interesting! That makes total sense. So, listen you mentioned the procedure opening up these passageways, can you describe to us exactly how it’s done, it’s a balloon sinuplasty?

Dr. Robert Palmer: Yes, exactly. The reason it’s such a wonderful procedure, we’re not damaging the sinuses. In the past, we would go in and remove tissue; that’s not good. Sinuses do not like to have their tissue removed. What they want to have is an opening that will ventilate so the fluid can get out.

Derrick Shore: Can drain out and that’s what we’re seeing right now.

Dr. Robert Palmer: Exactly, and if you go in and scar the mucosa, then it can’t move because it works on a mucociliary flow, it’s like a moving carpet and if that mucus that’s in the sinus, that’s been blocked and retained, its that opening that you scarred, where does it go? It falls back into the sinuses. Now you’re into recurring infection…

Sharron Melton: Right!

Dr. Robert Palmer: with the balloon sinuplasty we don’t do any damage to the sinuses. We just re-established ventilation.

Sharron Melton: How long does this procedure take?

Dr. Robert Palmer: 15 to 20 minutes, sometimes 45.

Sharron Melton: And do you have to go back, and is it a reoccurring surgery you have to have, or what happens?

Dr. Robert Palmer: We hope not. I’ve done some people over again, you know nothing’s perfect, but compared to endoscopic sinus surgery, we get about an 80 to 90% success rate. Whereas, when we were doing endoscopic sinus surgery, I did three thousand of in my career, I was happy if I got a 50% success rate. We were doing too much, less is better. Very important.

Derrick Shore: But also, American Sinus Institute, you guys do the most procedures, I understand in Texas?

Dr. Robert Palmer: Yes, between the three offices, exactly.

Derrick Shore: And for most of your patients, are they immediately getting relief? I mean can they, how long until they can go back to work or until they’re feeling like they can breathe again?

Dr. Robert Palmer: If they don’t have a job that requires heavy lifting, they can go back the next day…

Sharron Melton: Oh! really!?

Dr. Robert Palmer: getting relief within the first 72 hours. I see them at two weeks and when they come in at two weeks most patients are very happy. Already they don’t have the headaches, they don’t have the blockage, they can breathe and they feel a hundred percent better.

Sharron Melton: Oh! that’s fantastic. Anytime you can breathe is a good thing, yes all right.

Derrick Shore: Almost out of time, by the way, about 30 seconds left. Any advice you have for all of us as we are moving into the lovely flu season?

Dr. Robert Palmer: I mean, let me explain. We don’t operate because you have an upper respiratory tract infection, that’s just the cause. You’re gonna have to go through that like anybody else. You get a virus, it’s gonna go away. You need to treat yourself with decongestants and get through that period. If however, after the flu resolves and you’re still having facial pain, then you come and see us for that. That’s the idea. That’s the thing I wanted to explain, it’s very important. We talk about allergies, we talk about upper respiratory tract infections, we talk about sinusitis. The most important thing is that, if you just have allergies, and you think you may not benefit from this, allergies can cause recurrent sinus infections okay? It’s an inflammatory reaction to an allergen. It’s not an infection of itself, but if it blocks your sinuses then you’re susceptible to the recurring infections, so people who normally never would have had endoscopic sinus surgery can benefit from the balloon sinuplasty.

Sharron Melton: All right, Dr. Palmer thank you so much. We really appreciate your time and also for more information on this procedure and ways to improve your own sinus health contact American Sinus Institute at 713-BALLOON which is 713-225-5666 or make sure you check out their website americansinus.com

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Did The Storm Stir Up Your Sinus Symptoms? – Houston Life on KPRC Click2Houston

Sinus problems after the hurricane balloon sinuplasty

Dr. Vincent Honrubia talks to Houston Life about how a storm stir up your sinus symptoms and the nonevasive procedure he recommends to fix them.


Video Transcript:

Derrick Shore – Here’s a live look outside from our Avenida-Houston cam; looking over Discovery Green folks. Welcome back to Houston Life. So, chronic sinus symptoms like headaches, facial pain and breathing problems can all affect your quality of life and unfortunately, the recent weather we’ve been having, maybe a hurricane or two could make those existing issues even worse.

Jennifer Broome – But there’s good news. There is a minimally invasive technology that could help put an end to your sinus pain. Dr. Vincent Honrubia with the American Sinus Institute is here with the details. Hi, Dr. Honrubia.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Hi! Thank you for having me.

Jennifer Broome – Okay let’s talk about this. Have you been noticing kind of an uptick in folks coming to see you since the storm and since our air quality has gotten so bad?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Yes, we have noticed that and also that this recent exposure to all this dirty water, people swimming out of restaurants, people moving around in the water. Put off their head under this water that has a lot of bacteria causing, lots of problems and a lot more complicated infections that people ordinarily wouldn’t be exposed to.

Derrick Shore – And in the beginning, I mean a lot of people didn’t really have a choice but to go through the water, I mean a lot of people were sort of recreating in the water. I don’t know if you saw those videos on YouTube of people like jumping in, waterskiing in it. But, some of those people may have residual issues as a result.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – That’s correct. You know just like people are getting these chronic skin infections and things like that, the sinuses are open cavities that aren’t supposed to be exposed to this type of bacteria. And one of the things we do with this procedures not only we open and clean the sinuses, but we also rinse the sinuses out.

Jennifer Broome – So talk a little bit about the procedure because this is designed to be minimally invasive, this isn’t to give you a bunch of downtime, later.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Correct. This is a procedure done in the office that takes about 20 to 25 minutes. It’s done with anesthesia, with an anesthesia provider there, using small balloon catheters to go into the sinuses open the sinuses through their natural opening, and at the same time rinse out the chronic infection that sits in the sinus.

Derrick Shore – So, when you say anesthesia, you’re not like totally out right? It’s not general anesthesia?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – It’s not general anesthesia. It’s IV sedation.

Derrick Shore – So you are awake during the process. We’re seeing some video actually behind you. So, as you mentioned that tiny little balloon flips up there.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Right, the tiny little balloon goes in. It then it opens the sinus by pushing away and creating space by compressing tissue in certain positions. And then after that’s done, we rinse it, clean the sinus out. So when you do have the procedure, this procedure in our office with the Honrubia technique, you are not conscious that you’re having the procedure so there’s no pain, no discomfort but people can return to work the next day. There’s no bleeding, there’s no bruising, there’s no indication you had a procedure done.

Jennifer Broome – How does somebody know, if what they’re going through it’s just kind of seasonal stuff, seasonal allergies or if they really do maybe need something like this?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Well, I think in the past before this incident, it was easy to tell because you’d be in a long-term situation where you’re chronically taking medications over and over. Now it’s gonna be very hard to tell especially if you didn’t have any sinus problems before and now you’re having a problem it’s gonna be hard to tell without having someone examine you, do a cat scan, study what’s going on if you really have some acute unusual bacteria, bacteria in your sinuses it’s hard to figure that out without professional advice.

Derrick Shore – And Dr. Honorubia, we’ve spoken you’ve been on the show before, but it’s interesting I’ve heard from your clients say I can’t believe I waited so long to do something like this, it made such a difference and I think many of us who maybe are a little adverse or averse rather, to having any sort of surgery done. This is an outpatient procedure, there’s no pain, you’ve done more than 3000 of these surgeries, so there’s really not a lot to worry about.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Right, not a lot to worry about. Covered by your insurance; not a lot to worry about. People turn to work very very soon after the procedure and we have a long track record of working well with the patients, getting good results, publishing our data. We’re very open about what we’re doing.

Derrick Shore – So instead of just continuing to live with the symptoms, people can go in, and actually we’re seeing some video right now of the office. I mean how much time would someone expect to pass until they’re breathing normally again?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – People come in with this procedure, you see them they’re getting the cat scan on the TV, but what they do is they come in, they get scanned they get examined, the procedure like I said it happens in the mornings, often patients go to work the following day, some patients have gone to work the same day. That’s depending on how bad they want to go to work, but like I said, it’s a minimally invasive, effective way of treating your sinusitis. Getting you off medications, cleaning your sinuses out, give you a peace of mind that you can do well and have good results with a very minimally invasive procedure.

Jennifer Broome – Do you hear from people that this really is life-changing for them, you know from that life of the Sudafed and the Advil and all of that to keep the pain and pressure down and now they can breathe again?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – I have patients that after they have the procedure they ask the nurse to lay them flat and they’ll breathe through their nose for the first time, laying flat and they’ll cry because I’ve never breathed through my nose laying flat, ever. Whenever I went to sleep, I was snoring, I couldn’t breathe. I’ve seen 250 pound men lay flat and start crying; I can breathe through my nose. So it is a very dramatic thing once your nose is open, you can breath better, less headaches, less drainage, less infections, better sleeping patterns.

Derrick Shore – You mentioned the headaches too, it’s not just about breathing. A lot of people have that pressure that leads to headaches, that really can distract you from your day and be debilitating.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – That’s correct. So people that have chronic facial pain, headaches, drainage, even ear symptoms, ear popping, you do balloons with the ears as well. So there’s a variety of symptoms that you may not think connect to your sinuses but they are. Smell issues, headaches, sleeping problems, ear popping, sore throat, clearing the throat, all those can be related to the sinusis.

Derrick Shore – All connected. You guys are doing something really cool. You’re donating $10 of every co-pay toward the Harvey Relief Fund right?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Right, so we try to give some relief to the citizens of Houston. We’re taking $10 of each co-pay from each patient a donate the Hurricane Relief Fund here locally in Houston.

Jennifer Broome – And this is so easy. If you want more information, you want to talk about if this is right for you, you want to schedule an appointment, all you have to do is call 713-balloon, 713-225-5666. You can also visit online. You guys have a really informative website online at americansinus.com. So that was really, it’s really helpful.

Derrick Shore – Yeah! worth looking into, for sure. Because I know when I moved to Houston I suddenly started having these issues.

Jennifer Broome – It’s a different world here. Air quality’s not the best, we have all these allergens and now these people have been in their houses cleaning out mold and drywall of the last couple of weeks.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Mold is a big deal in the sinuses; it’s a big deal, it’s bad. Sinuses do not like mold

Derrick Shore – Dr. Honrubia, thank you so much for stopping by.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Thank you for having me.

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Allergies – Great Day Houston

American Sinus Institute on Day Time Nine | 9-15-16

Dr. Honrubia visits Great Day Houston to discuss allergies, and the fantastic results his patient Ashleigh Hoffman received after visiting American Sinus Institute.


Video Transcript:

Deborah Duncan: Welcome back to Great Day. If constant sinus pressure has you clogged up and breathing seems to be a hassle these days. Oh! wait a minute, we live in Houston! There’s a solution for you and here to help you breathe easier please welcome Dr. Vincent Honrubia founder of American Sinus Institute and his patient Ashley Hoffman. Good morning.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Good morning, thank you.

Deborah Duncan: It seems for a lot of us, there is a constant thing going on. I know I went in not that long ago, and said my voice is gone and it’s not good for talk-show host to not have a voice right? But there’s sometimes we can get by over-the-counter stuff seasonally, but when should someone think okay this is enough?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: I think whenever someone finds in any situation that they’re having to continually use medicines, every week they’re having to buy out Flonase, Alegra or Claritin over-the-counter and they find that they’re connected to those medicines, they should think about doing some other solutions that solves a problem not just treats the problem but solves the problem.

Deborah Duncan: All right, what’s going on right now so seems like everybody I run into got watery eyes, sniffing the whole business. Is it just springtime in Houston?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Springtime in Houston. Pollen numbers are skyrocketing. You can go on your little app on the phone and get a pollen alert and it lights up every day now in Houston. Grass is high, weeds high, trees high, so it’s typical.

Deborah Duncan: That’s why I believe in silks anyway, Ashley had you not gone to Dr. Honrubia at any given time you might not have made it here this morning.

Ashley Hoffman: I might not have. I’m very allergic to the pollen and it seems like every spring and every fall my allergy symptoms were very bad. I had very bad headaches, lots of facial pain and pressure. And I finally decided to do this procedure and it helped immediately. The next day I felt like a normal person.

Deborah Duncan: She mentioned, headaches and such, facial pressure, headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, nasal congestion, ear pain. So basically you are miserable. It can shut people down, so you got the procedure done what procedure. What procedure is she talking about?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: We’re talking about the in-office balloon sinuplasty done in the Aswile physician’s facility without having to go to the hospital by using small balloons that go into sinuses to make everything more open, by compressing tissue without removing tissue and the difference between

Deborah Duncan: Is that the way they used to do it?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: They used to remove tissue to create space. Now we compress tissue to make space and by compressing there’s no bleeding, there’s no packing, very little downtime, patients can actually go to work that day after the procedure. So it’s a big difference between what we used to do, five years ago to what we’re doing now.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah! yeah! All right! Let’s back up and talk about what happens inside here, that people don’t understand which is causing the whole problem?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Which is a great question because really people think about allergy think about sneezing, runny nose, but other things that happen are, you get swollen inside your head and that connections between outside space and inside your head to these big sinus cavities get closed. And that’s why people think you have migraines well they probably don’t have migraines. Migraines are very rare, they’re probably having sinus headaches so these issues of facial pressure and drainage and these other things that are happening are sinus related but people don’t connect that connect at dizziness ear pressure sinus related so these are things that had symptoms that people have they don’t think okay that could be your sinus so what we do with these balloons is go in put them in the correct location and make the passages open so now the pressure in the head is equal to the pressure in space.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah and is that permanent?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Permanent. A permanent fix.

Deborah Duncan: She’s like smiling so yes it is. Ashley, before you got to that point of coming up with that solution, what types of things, were you doing just to try and keep it out on top of it all?

Ashley Hoffman: I took Allegra and Claritin pretty regularly and I wasn’t a person who suffered all year long like I said, but during allergy seasons, at the peak of them, I was miserable. I was taking it daily. I did start relying on Afrin to try to sleep because I couldn’t breathe at night when I would lay down.

Deborah Duncan: The domino effect.

Ashley Hoffman: It is, and that’s probably the hardest part of the whole thing is not being able to sleep at night and like I said, the very first night I slept, and it’s just been that way ever since.

Deborah Duncan: Wow! She mentioned the medications. A lot of medications that used to be prescription only, are now over the counter and people think well that used to be prescription now it’s over the counter that’s what I need to do but as you were saying earlier if you’re a lot getting through a couple of days is one thing but if you’re relying on it all the time you have not you took care of symptoms you have not taken care the problem?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Correct. You’re taking care of treating a symptom but not fixing it, in people who spend upwards of $100 a month on these medications and not even think about it. When that patient comes in they’re spending on Afrin they’re spending, fifty seventy dollars a month from 10 years I mean that’s a lot of money to be spending us and it doesn’t fix it that actually makes things worse. So these are all different types of things that can be done but the way to fix it, now has become something was more difficult to something very very easy, minimally invasive in the office covered by the insurance, that is very effective.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah! Yeah! and it’s not one size fits all you want people to come in so you can look and see what else may be going on because sometimes people have multiple things, right?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: That’s correct. So some people may have a very high allergy load, some people may have a big structural problem, some people you have something else, acid reflux, and people may have sleep apnea so there are all different things.

Deborah Duncan: Some people may be using q-tips to putting wax in their ears

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: That’s right, they come in two.

Deborah Duncan: Your whole practice, is that you do a number of things. The sinuplasty, this is one of the things you do, but other things, allergy testings all that type of stuff as well.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Correct. We do allergy testing, we do allergy shots, we do allergy drops that you can take home. So a variety of things to treat the sinus in addition to the balloon sinuplasty.

Deborah Duncan: Yeah! and Houston is a good place to do that.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Yes, it is.

 Thank you very much, thank you for joining us. If you are looking for an appointment with Dr. Vincent Honrubia, you can call 713-balloon that works out to be 713-225-5666 or log on to www.americansinus.com.

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Problems With Breathing – San Antonio Living

American Sinus Institute on Day Time Nine | 9-15-16

Courtney Schultz, American Sinus Institute’s Director of Marketing, discusses how the balloon sinuplasty procedure changed all of her families problems with breathing.


Video Transcript:

Claudia Garofalo: Welcome back to San Antonio Living. Okay, let’s talk about sinus problems. Yes, they could be really bad but do you really have to be putting up with them. Well certainly not, not when you visit the American Sinus Institute and with us today is Courtney Schultz who is the director of marketing. Hi, Courtney!

Courtney Schultz: Good morning, glad to be here.

Claudia Garofalo: Very happy to have you here. So you of all people would be a perfect person to tell us what happened and a change when you went to American Sinus Institute because your whole family was suffering from sinus problems.

Courtney Schultz: Absolutely, so and what I love to tell people is that you can have a lot of different symptoms. My husband had the post nasal drip. He’d wake up in the morning and sneeze and it was just that hacking cough and really gross and horrible snoring. My problem was right ear pain. And my 20-year-old, who had it done a year and a half ago, was constant bronchitis. Which is interesting, because right now, Hillary Clinton has walking pneumonia that started out as allergies and bronchitis and coughing so it’s really interesting that, you know, obviously she could have benefited from a BSB as well, which is the same thing that my daughter had, which is that constant hacking coughing.

Claudia Garofalo: To hear you say that it’s kind of alarming because all those symptoms are pretty serious and especially when they lead to something much more complicated.

Courtney Schultz: Well, absolutely because allergies can lead to bronchitis which can lead to pneumonia and my 20-year-old was having that constant bronchitis and pneumonia and she was at school and the University of Colorado-Boulder. So I’m in San Antonio talking to her on the phone, very upset that my daughter’s sick her entire freshman year. Now she’s two years out she’s not been sick, she’s still up in Boulder, she’s very very happy. My husband, his snoring has gone away which has been heavenly for our marriage.

Claudia Garofalo: I’ll bet.

Courtney Schultz: I love the fact that he’s not snoring, that was fabulous. And for me, it was that constant earache that right ear pain then some people suffer from and you take Advil and the Advil doesn’t do anything because it’s a pressure headache. The balloon sinuplasty goes in and it opens those airways. So just within our own little family, we all had completely different symptoms but they were all absolutely related to problems with breathing. Right now, I’m three years out. My husband is two years out. My daughter, I mean we’re just it’s fabulous. We are a family of balloon sinuplasty procedure. Hurray! people, it really worked.

Claudia Garofalo: Right and what I love is the new procedures that you do have at American Science Institute. Why do you recommend other people who are suffering from all these symptoms to come in and just get themselves checked out.

Courtney Schultz: Because it’s so easy. The three of us all had a little bit different recovery. I know I woke up feeling better and being able to breathe. My daughter, it took about two days. My husband was about, you know three or four. But basically, the recovery time is unbelievable. No bruising, no swelling and there’s no pain. Everyone’s afraid of the pain they feel like they have to live with this this is something we have to do forever and that’s just not true. And so it’s a fabulous 20 minutes in the office and you’re better.

Claudia Garofalo: You can’t beat that. Well, I’m so happy for you and your family.

Courtney Schultz: Yes.

Claudia Garofalo: And for now I’m going to give you guys the information on how to start feeling better and get rid of those sinus problems. American Sinus Institute, so they are on Dezavala suite number 200. You can give them a call at 210-balloon, americansinus.com. Find them on Facebook, American Sinus Institute. They also have a Twitter at American Sinus Institute.

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Sleep Apnea – Daytime At Nine

American Sinus Institute on Day Time Nine | 9-15-16

American Sinus Institute staff member, Katrina Zedan, visits Day Time Nine with patient, Albert Estrada, to discuss how American Sinus Institute’s balloon sinuplasty procedure cured Estrada’s sleep apnea. Dr. Honrubia’s technique provided a non-invasive and zero pain solution that allows him to sleep better and live a better life.


Video Transcript

Kimberly Crawford: Sinus problems can make a person’s life miserable here’s the deal though, you don’t have to live with all those symptoms any longer Katrina Zedan with American Sinus Institute is here along with their patient Albert Estrada.

Kimberly Crawford: Good morning you guys.

Katrina Zedan: Good morning.

Albert Estrada: Good morning.

Kimberly Crawford: Thanks for being here.

Katrina Zedan: Thanks for having us.

Kimberly Crawford: I know a lot of people deal with sinus issues, not just you know a few months out of the year. They’re, really suffering throughout the year, right?

Katrina Zedan: Right. Exactly

Kimberly Crawford: Yes, it’s a problem all the time.

Katrina Zedan: Yes, so we have patients that come see us with sinus pain, sinus pressure, headaches. We have our patient here today who also came in with the same complaints but mostly sleep apnea with him, so we don’t really attribute sleep apnea with a sinus issue.

Kimberly Crawford: No, I wouldn’t have. Yeah.

Katrina Zedan: So, he has a story to tell today about that.

Albert Estrada: Yes. I had a sleep study done several years ago and it was determined that I had sleep apnea. It was due to having a deviated septum and my nose had a severe blockage on one side and the other side was blocked pretty well, too. I had been told that you now need the surgery done but I know that traditionally the method was you know the old…

Kimberly Crawford: Very invasive, painful…

Albert Estrada: Very invasive, painful. I just kind of dreaded having to do that. Kind of put it off but I knew that as I got older, the sleep apnea was going to have some long-term effects. So, I went to go see my primary care physician and he suggested to me that I go see Dr. Honrubia at American Sinus Institute. When I did he said, “oh no you’re a candidate for the balloon sinuplasty”.

Kimberly Crawford: Oh wow.

Albert Estrada:  I had it scheduled and everything went great. It was a, you know easy outpatient procedure.

Kimberly Crawford: In and out. No pain?

Albert Estrada: None at all. I mean it’s like night and day. I can honestly say I mean I sleep so much better.

Kimberly Crawford: Like a baby again?

Albert Estrada: Like a baby. No snoring. One of my exercises I like is swimming and it makes a big difference when I’m swimming. You know I’m able to breathe better.

Kimberly Crawford:  It really has changed your life, you would say huh, Albert?

Albert Estrada: Definitely. Oh, for sure, Yes.

Kimberly Crawford:  I’m sure this is something that you hear after people have this procedure. I mean it really does change your life for the better.

Katrina Zedan: It does. It does.

Kimberly Crawford:  It helps them with the energy during the day because they’re able to sleep better.

Kimberly Crawford: Yeah, you’re getting rest at night.

Katrina Zedan: The sinus headaches are a big deal for patients too. So, they think they have migraines and they’re actually sinus headaches and so they’re off they’re migraine medications. People off their inhalers now.  I mean it’s just, it really is a big difference

Kimberly Crawford: So, what are the symptoms? If people are having which symptoms exactly should they give you a call?

Katrina Zedan: So, sinus pain like we talked about, sinus headaches, or even headaches generally. If you have congestion in the nose and you can’t breathe. Sometimes teeth pain, but you go to the dentist and then there’s no dental issues. Come see us for that as well.

Kimberly Crawford: It could be bad, right?

Katrina Zedan: Right. Exactly, a lot of drainage. So, when medication fails and you’re taking so many medications. Frequent sinus infections and you’re taking a lot of antibiotics and the medications have failed you or medications have not worked or they work only temporarily. Come see us.

Kimberly Crawford: Okay.  If you are a candidate for the procedure, as Albert had mentioned it’s super simple it’s an in-and-out procedure there’s no downtime, correct?

Katrina Zedan: Correct.

Kimberly Crawford: It’s so much better than traditionally.

Katrina Zedan:  Right. I mean, I had the procedure done myself and I was back to work the next day. So, right.

Kimberly Crawford:  Great. Okay. And insurance?

Katrina Zedan:  Insurance. Most insurances we take. We have billing personnel that know and can answer any questions you may have in regard to the billing.

Kimberly Crawford: Got it. You can give them a call and they’ll set up your consultation. Answer any questions you have, but you do not have to suffer any longer.  Call the American Sinus Institute. They’re on Dezavala.  The number is 210-BALLOON or 210-225-5666. You can also go to americansinus.com. Thank you all so much for being here.

Katrina Zedan: Thank you.

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Allergy Season – Daytime At Nine

American Sinus Institute on Day Time Nine | 10-4-16

Dr. Vincent Honrubia talks to Daytime at Nine about balloon sinuplasty and one of American Sinus Institute patients about his experience with the procedure.


Video Transcript:

Esteban Solis: Welcome back to Daytime @Nine. All right, with the weather constantly changing, so do your sinuses, and allergies, and everything, with everything in the air. But you know what? You do not have to live miserable like that and deal with that.

Dr. Honrubia from American Sinus Institute is here, along with Levi Van Dyne. And I’ve got to tell you, these allergies, and these sinuses these days, are getting worse and worse every day. Good morning, fellas. How are you all doing?

Dr. Honrubia: Good morning. We’re doing great!

Levi Van Dyne: We’re doing good.

Esteban Solis: All right, Doctor. American Sinus Institute. What’s going on? How are you doing?

Dr. Honrubia: We’re doing well. We’re continuing to innovate new products. We have a new balloon that we’re using for the drainage tube of the ear. Every day, and every month, [inaudible 00:00:37] finding more and more new things to innovate and bring to San Antonio.

Esteban Solis: I like that. Well, you said today, you brought with yourself a star. Let’s talk to the star real quick. All right, how are you feeling right now? You recently went through this yourself, correct?

Levi Van Dyne: Yes, I did. I feel much better than I did last year. Around this time … around allergy season, when it begins, you start to get really stuffed up. Now, I felt no change from summer to now.

Esteban Solis: It’s just one smooth year for you, so far?

Levi Van Dyne: Yeah. Yeah.

Esteban Solis: What’s that like?

Levi Van Dyne: Different. Haven’t felt this way in a long time. It’s been quite a few years before I’ve actually been able to breathe through my nose and sleep comfortably at night.

Esteban Solis: That’s … You were just saying, right now, that even you are dealing with some of this stuff going around right now.

Dr. Honrubia: Right. Right. With the stuff coming in. Levi has one of the symptoms of the breathing, snoring, not breathing properly at night, but his family members also had the procedure. He can tell us about that. They had different types of symptoms.

Esteban Solis: Oh, let’s talk about it real quick.

Levi Van Dyne: My sister had gotten hers a couple of years before me and my mother had. She had mainly had a headache problem, and her sinuses were just way impacted with mucous. After the procedure, it was a short recovery, and she was much better off.

Esteban Solis: So this is pretty much a family thing, where everybody’s getting cleared up now, finally.

Levi Van Dyne: Yeah, even my father’s thinking about having it done.

Esteban Solis: Thinking about it? After two, I would say, “I’m good. If y’all two made it, I’m good.”

Dr. Honrubia: Three! Three. His sister also had it.

Esteban Solis: Oh, and his sister. Excuse me. Oh! Well, the family are clear. They’re breathing. I need to know what that’s like, but a lot of the times, as a parent … being a father, insurance is always of question. How does that work for y’all?

Dr. Honrubia: Yeah, we take almost all major insurances pay for this procedure. We haven’t had much problems with that. The procedure’s done in the office. It takes 20 minutes to do that. There’s no hospitalization, especially with children that may have this problem, they don’t have to go to a hospital, change into a special gown, and all of that. It’s a much more comfortable environment, staying in the office to have the procedure done.

Esteban Solis: Nice. Good stuff, Doctor. All right, thank you very much.
Let me give everybody the information about American Sinus Institute. They’re off of De Zavala, 6363 De Zavala, Suite 200. Give them a call, (210)-BALLOON,. You won’t be disappointed.

Also, do your homework on everything, go to AmericanSinus.com. You’ll find the proof in the pudding all in there. Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and of course you can always reach out to Levi. He’ll tell you how it really is.

Dr. Honrubia: That’s right.

Levi Van Dyne: Yep.

Esteban Solis: All right, everyone. Thank you all very much.
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Sinuplasty Balloon – San Antonio Living

American Sinus Institute on San Antonio Live | 10-5-16

Listen to Dr. Vincent Honrubia in San Antonio Living talk about the balloon sinuplasty and one of American Sinus Institute patients about her experience with the procedure.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: Well, we’re heading into that season where it’s cold, then hot, then back to being cold at night. But do you know what that does for your sinuses? They go to play time and you’re the one who suffers, but you shouldn’t have to put up with it, and here to talk to us today is Dr. Vincent Honrubia and patient Donna Pozack. How are you two?

Dr. Honrubia: We’re doing great.

Speaker 1: Good to have you on the show. Sinuses is a big thing here in San Antonio. Almost everyone always has a complaint, especially this time of the year. But let’s talk about what you guys do at American Sinus Institute because you do a great job, specifically with the balloon sinuplasty, which is the thing to do these days to take care of sinus issues.

Dr. Honrubia: That’s correct. That’s correct.

Speaker 1: Why is that procedure recommended?

Dr. Honrubia: It’s recommended for patients that are having chronic symptoms that require medication frequently. People taking nasal steroids, antihistamines, continuously, antibiotics. People who have symptoms that don’t get fixed with those medications.

Speaker 1: And balloon sinuplasty is the newest thing out there. It’s less invasive. And you were just telling me that you get it done that day, you go home hours later.

Dr. Honrubia: Correct. And our operation there in San Antonio provides the procedure using general anesthesia. 2016, it’s better to do surgery with general anesthesia. It’s an obvious thing. But we’re the only ones in San Antonio that are providing the in-office general anesthesia, which differentiates our procedure and our processes from other clinics. The general anesthesia provides a better patient experience and allows the surgeon to do a more complete procedure.

Speaker 1: Right, and that makes sense. And of course, that worked for Donna. I know you were saying that you were suffering from allergies and all kinds of sinus issues. You went and saw Dr. Honrubia, is life completely different now?

Donna Pozack: Oh, yes. And I’m just five weeks outta the surgery and the difference is unmeasurable in my terms. They measure it, but I don’t. Wonderful people. They just know just how to treat you. It’s quickly done after just a couple of hours from visiting an allergist, he sent me there, and in two days I was having sinuplastic surgery.

And it was needed. This is a three, four year, terms of me having infection, after infection, after infection. No drugs would work any longer.

Speaker 1: Yeah.

Donna Pozack: And everybody agreed, we’re gonna do this and do it well. And that general anesthesia, everyone, everyone, was perfect, cared about me. I really felt like they did.

Speaker 1: And that’s important.

Donna Pozack: Never stopped coming in and checking on me after. Just wonderful people. Very professional. And even now, when I go back for my follow ups, same thing.

Speaker 1: That’s wonderful. And you feel like a different person today?

Donna Pozack: And then tell me, now you sound like a human being.

Speaker 1: Yeah.

Donna Pozack: You didn’t before.

Speaker 1: Yeah, it makes such a big difference. And when you talk about how well they treat you, I think that’s important when you put yourself in the hands of such a great team, and the whole thing with the general anesthesia. You know, it’s great. You don’t feel a thing, and you doctors are going to work and you’re able to work because you’re not concerned about what the patient is feeling, and about their concerns.

Dr. Honrubia: And it’s all about … Like she was saying, the patient experience. When you come to our clinic, we try to differentiate ourselves. We only do balloon sinuplasty in this facility, and we do it the best, and at the end of the day that patient experience is a big part of it. The team that works there is completely focused on balloon sinuplasty. We’ve done the most in the country. And I think we provide a comprehensive service.

Speaker 1: Alright. Well, thank you so much for being here with us today, Dr. Honrubia. Alright, guys, here is the deal. I’m gonna give you information on where to find Dr. Honrubia. He’s with American Sinus Institute there on De Zavala. Give him a call at (210)-BALLOON,. They also have a website, you can check them out online, AmericanSinus.com. Facebook, American Sinus Institute, plus Twitter @AmericanSinusInstitute. Alright, coming up-

Sinus Issues – SA Live KSAT

American Sinus Institute on San Antonio Live | 12-5-16

Listen to Katrina Zedan from American Sinus Institute talk about cold prevention and the balloon sinuplasty procedure live on SALive.


Speaker 1: Welcome back to SALive. Well, you can enjoy the holidays without the hassle of a cold. Yes, it is possible, and Katrina Zedan from American Sinus is here with the details that can help you get your life back on track. With the holidays and all the gatherings, all the holiday parties, it can be easy to catch a cold.

Katrina Zedan: Absolutely.

Speaker 1: What are some of the things people can do to prevent that from happening?

Katrina Zedan: Definitely washing your hands. Being considerate and not coughing on people.

Speaker 1: None of this.

Katrina Zedan: Exactly.

Speaker 1: No, no, no. Turn away.

Katrina Zedan: Yeah, absolutely. This is a time really to come see us, especially people don’t know that if you have problems with smell and taste that can definitely be a sinus issue. During the seasons you want to taste your food, you want to smell the food mom cooks.

Speaker 1: Oh, of course, all that home cooking.

Katrina Zedan: Yeah, exactly.

Speaker 1: Is that a sign that you may have an issue?

Katrina Zedan: It can be.

Speaker 1: If you can’t really smell or taste your food?

Katrina Zedan: It can be. There’s more obviously signs. People having sinus pain, sinus pressure, sinus headaches, frequent sinus infections. When medicine stops working for you, come see us. We can help. A quick procedure, about 20 minutes in the office. We basically help your sinus breathe, just like we need to breathe, sinuses need to breathe. It’s just a balloon that goes up the nose and it opens the door to the sinus so it’s able to breath, but also drain the mucus and the gunk that sits in the sinuses.

Speaker 1: So, that’s what balloon sinuoplasty can do for you?

Katrina Zedan: Pretty much. Absolutely.

Speaker 1: And of course, that’s also who it can help. So basically, if you’re having extreme sinus issues, you want to give you guys a call?

Katrina Zedan: Yes, absolutely. Again, pain, pressure, frequent infections, medication is not helping you, come see us.

Speaker 1: So what kind of results do patients see after they’ve had this procedure done?

Katrina Zedan: You know, we get a lot of results in terms of definitely the pain and the pressure going away. We get people that are able to sleep better because when you’re breathing better you sleep better. People that are able to exercise now, when before because they had to be mouth breathers, it was so difficult for them to exercise or get on the treadmill. The headaches, focus at work or at school, that kind of thing. There’s just so many different area that people just don’t relate to sinuses.

Speaker 1: So this 20 minutes and this one procedure can really change your life for the better.

Katrina Zedan: It really changes, it does. Congestion. People can’t breath, is a big deal that people are thrilled with after this procedure.

Speaker 1: You guys accept most insurances.

Katrina Zedan: Most insurances and flex plans, absolutely. It’s the end of the year, so if you’ve met your deductible.

Speaker 1: Oh yeah, because most people probably have by now.

Katrina Zedan: Yeah, absolutely.

Speaker 1: So this could be, they could possibly get this done for not a whole lot.

Katrina Zedan: Exactly.

Speaker 1: Oh my gosh. All right. So now, is definitely the time to call. All right. Let’s get the information, of course, up on the screen. You want to call the American Sinus Institute at 210-225-5666,. Again, that’s 225-5666, or visit their website, AmericanSinus.com for more information. Again, that’s AmericanSinus.com.

American Sinus Institute Sinuplasty Specialists – San Antonio Living

American Sinus Institute on San Antonio Live | 10-21-16

Sue Mosgrove talks about the new American Sinus Institute Houston location, sinus problems related to the cold weather and the balloon sinuplasty procedure.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: Welcome back to San Antonio Living, it’s the season of sniffles and headaches and all sorts of problems involving this, right? And it all is caused by one thing: sinus problems. And so joining us this morning is Sue Musgrove with the American Sinus Institute. So good to see you.

Sue: Good morning.

Speaker 1: You’ve been busy, I haven’t seen you in a while. Where have you been?

Sue: I’ve been in Houston. We have a new location in Houston, we’re celebrating our 1 year anniversary in our Houston location, so along with the services we’re providing to the San Antonio community, now we’re providing to Houston.

Speaker 1: That’s great, congratulations. It’s good to see you back. Let’s talk a little bit about what you guys do at the American Sinus Institute.

Sue: Okay. We specialize in the balloon sinuplasty procedure. What they do is they go in with, it’s a minimally invasive modern technology to open up the sinuses with a balloon catheter. Patients are in and out, same day, can go back to work the next day, great recovery, and helps with all of the symptoms that patients experience when they first come to see us.

Speaker 1: So let’s talk about some of those symptoms. What are you hearing from patients right now? What are they suffering from?

Sue: So, patients come to see us with facial pain, pressure, headaches, post-nasal drip, just miserable, having to take a lot of over-the-counter medications, self-medicating, always stuffy, carrying a box of Kleenex all the time. And this time of year it’s not good for patients.

Speaker 1: It’s not, and I know exactly what you’re talking about, because when I feel the pressure here, I know that something’s wrong. And I think my sinuses are good, but when they’re not good, when they’re clogged, nothing gets in there, so nothing works, and that’s what the balloon sinuplasty does, it opens those sinuses.

Sue: Right. The key to healthy sinuses is good airflow, so we take the little catheter, it’s a small balloon catheter, and the doctor goes into each of the sinuses and inflates that catheter, opening your natural ostium from about a 2 millimeter opening to about a 6 millimeter opening. So lots of air can pass through, and that’s the key to the healthy sinuses.

Speaker 1: So this is something that’s become very regular for people to do. You guys have done quite a few sinuplastys in just a couple of years.

Sue: Sure, we’ve done thousands of procedures.

Speaker 1: Wow.

Sue: We do this procedure under general anesthesia, so our patients are not awake, they don’t hear what’s going on around them. It’s a great technique to put everybody at ease and get the treatment that they need.

Speaker 1: This is such a great treatment that it’s actually covered by most insurances, right?
Sue: It is. Most major insurances are covering it, and actually this is a great time of year because a lot of people have their deductibles that are almost met, so most of the major insurances are covering the procedure, each is different, but give us a call if you’ve almost met your deductible.

Speaker 1: Let’s talk about the best candidate for something like this. What about the age for this as well?

Sue: So we’re doing this anywhere from eight years old all the way up to 95, is our oldest patient. So anywhere in between, anyone who’s suffering with major symptoms, facial pain, pressure, headaches, post-nasal drip, anyone who’s just miserable, who can’t sleep, all of the things, that fatigue, you’re just not sure. Like I said, if you have any of the other symptoms, look at our website, give us a call, we can absolutely help you through your sinus problem.

Speaker 1: Okay, good deal. Sue, always good to see you, thank you for coming. Guys, like Sue said, check the website, there’s great information there. You can also just call for a consultation and get this done by the end of the year. It’s the American Sinus Institute here in San Antonio on De Zavala, the phone number is there on your screen. It is (210) 225-5666, and online at americansinus.com. We’ll be right back.

What To Expect – American Sinus Institute – Houston Live

American Sinus Institute on Houston Live | 3-6-17

Dr. Palmera visits Houston Live to discuss the balloon sinusplasty procedure and what to expect at American Sinus Institute.


Video TRanscript:

Eric: This winter’s just been a really, really lonely one.

Speaker 2: Yeah, it really has. Thanks, Eric.

Eric: You bet.

Speaker 2: You know when the seasons change, sneezing and sleepless nights can follow, but how do you know when these are symptoms of more than just allergies? We have Dr. Robert Palmer from American Sinus Institute here to explain. And Dr. Palmer, you know a lot of folks this time of year are having the sniffling, the sneezing, the stuffy head from allergies, but how do you know you’re going from allergies to sinusitis?

Dr. Palmer: It’s difficult to tell, but usually you have a discolored discharge that will tell you that you an infection rather than just having symptoms of allergies. But it’s actually the symptoms are exactly the same. People who suffer from allergies end up with the headaches, the sneezing, they can’t breathe, and they have pressure and pain. And they benefit from surgery as well as people that have recurring sinusitis which is actually an infection. We treat both those.

Speaker 2: Okay. Okay so when you continually have issues with allergies, maybe they need to come in and say, “Hey Dr. Palmer, what’s going on up in here?”

Dr. Palmer: Exactly. In fact, these people are the ones that need to see us. I’d rather see them before they’re infected. You know, there’s a subtle difference between it, but people who have allergies are usually hit four or five times a year and when they have it, they’re miserable. They have headaches, they have a runny nose, they can’t breathe, the pressure pain. And it’s all because they don’t ventilate their sinuses and once we ventilate those sinuses, they feel 100% better.

Speaker 2: Well and sinus surgery now, I mean it’s … what you guys do is so different than it was, say 10, even 15, 20 years ago.

Dr. Palmer: Less is better. Less is better.

Speaker 2: That’s a good thing.

Dr. Palmer: I did a lot of sinus surgery. Probably did 2,000 cases endoscopically. This operation is so much better. There’s less trauma and we get a better result.

Speaker 2: Okay so we want to see what it’s like for when a patient comes through your office. So we’re going to take everybody through a little walkthrough when they go to American Sinus Institute.

Jason: Hi, I’m Jason.

Speaker 2: Hi, Jason. How are you.

Jason: It’s good to see you. Thanks for coming.

Speaker 2: So Jason, if I was a regular patient coming in, what would be the first thing that would happen now that I’m in the room?

Jason: So one of the nurses would come in and do a very thorough intake. They’d ask you about your history, of all kind of medicines that you’ve taken.

Speaker 2: Like do you snore? Do you, all those kind of questions. Can you sleep at night? Do you have ear pressure?

Jason: Headaches, sinus pressure, drainage. These are typical for our patients. Once that’s done, we take you over and get a CAT scan here in the other room. And it takes about five minutes to have that come up and then I will come in and do an exam and go over the CAT scan with you.

Speaker 2: So at this point, you’re just kind of figuring out what’s going on up in here, right?

Jason: Yeah. We want to see what does it look like, what’s the structure, and how can we address the structure so that the sinuses function ideally? Let me peek at you.

Speaker 2: Oh no.

Jason: And so I’ve got a scope.

Speaker 2: But you’ve actually done the surgery.

Jason: I have done the surgery. And the surgery helped me quite a bit. It relieved my headaches. So turn your head this way.

Speaker 2: Is everybody else a big wide-eyed when this comes towards their face?

Jason: All right, be very still.

Speaker 2: So this visit and the CAT scan is kind of where you make that decision of, “No, you’re just having allergy issues.” Or, “Yeah, you’re having major sinus issues.”

Jason: Right.

Erin: The scan only takes about 20 seconds.

Speaker 2: Oh it’s fast.

Erin: It’s really quick.

Speaker 2: Oh this has now turned into a rocket ship.

Erin: Yeah, it’s really quick and your only job is just to hold really still.

Speaker 2: I can do that.

Erin: Okay.

Speaker 2: Okay.

Erin: So I’m just going to shine that little laser light here on you.

Speaker 2: And Erin, this is exactly what regular patients would go through.

Erin: Yes, this is exactly what they would go through. I’m going to-

Speaker 2: Oh, what are those?

Erin: These are just some little wedge sponges that are just going to hold your head in position. The next part is just the scan which takes about 20 seconds.

Speaker 2: And this would be what you would do at the regular patient after they’ve had the CAT scan like I just went and did. Or we’re using your CAT scan.

Jason: Yes.

Speaker 2: Since you’ve had the surgery. So kind of walk me through what we’re seeing. I mean I can pick out where the eyes are. How many sinuses do we have?

Jason: Eight. There’s two in the cheeks.

Speaker 2: Okay.

Jason: Two between the eyes. And then two in the forehead.

Speaker 2: Oh, so that would be that sinus headache that people get?

Jason: Yes.

Speaker 2: That’s where those are. Okay.

Jason: That’s where they’re feeling it.

Speaker 2: So how do you know in this? How do you know that it’s inflamed?

Jason: This gray is what we’re looking for in these patients. And so if they have this kind of gray, that can be washed out and cleaned. Some folks, all of the black is completely filled in with gray. So they’re not able to drain it all. And they’re miserable.

Speaker 2: So how quickly after you had it done, how quickly did you notice the difference of, “Wow. This is what it’s supposed to feel like breathing.”

Jason: For me it was instant.

Speaker 2: But it’s like a super quick, I mean you’re not put under for very long, right?

Jason: It’s a 30 minute surgery. It’s 30 minute prep time. 30 minutes procedure and you’re here about an hour hanging around afterwards.

Speaker 2: Just to make sure?

Jason: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Speaker 2: Okay so Dr. Palmer, I’m going to be that typical patient though. Do you leave that balloon up in there?

Dr. Palmer: We do not leave that balloon in here. Let me show you something here. This is the little catheter. It has the balloon on it and you can see how small it is.

Speaker 2: Well that’s smaller than the thing that Jason stuck up my nose.

Dr. Palmer: Well that was the scope. That was the scope. This is just the balloon. Well that goes into the sinus. See that from here to here. That will go into the sinus and then we take a syringe and we blow it up. It goes up to about six millimeters.

Speaker 2: Which is small.

Dr. Palmer: Which is small. The sinuses are only about one to two millimeters. And we dilate it for 10 seconds and then we take it out.

Speaker 2: So of course, Dr. Palmer, you know I had to be that one to ask, are you going to leave that balloon up in the nose, but I was so surprised with Jason. He said instantly right after the surgery could breather.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly.

Speaker 2: Could feel that the nose breathe, not breathing he’d done for year.

Dr. Palmer: Exactly. Yes, the balloon is taken out. It’s not left in your nose.

Speaker 2: You have got to ask.

Dr. Palmer: And the beauty about what we do, every time we operate somebody for the sinuses, we shrink the mucosa of the nose. Because if you can’t breathe, those sinuses can get blocked and then you breathe through your mouth.

Speaker 2: Right.

Dr. Palmer: You get a dry mouth and you snore. So the [groovia 00:06:28] technique, every time we address the turbinates and strength them with coblation, it’s a radio frequency device and it strengths it so now you can breathe and your sinuses will stay open.

Speaker 2: And the surgery itself, it’s very, very short and recovery time seems really short.

Dr. Palmer: Yes, 15 minutes is the shortest. Sometimes it takes me 30 minutes. A tough case would take 45. And the beauty is we don’t pack the nose. So when you leave, your nose is open.

Speaker 2: You can breathe.

Dr. Palmer: You can breathe.

Speaker 2: Oh.

Dr. Palmer: And within three or four days, you’re feeling 100% better.

Speaker 2: Dr. Palmer, you are changing lives every day with folks making them be able to breathe. Now for more information to schedule your appointment with American Sinus Institute, you can call 713-balloon that works out to be 713-225-5666 or visit www.americansinus.com. Thank you again, Dr. Palmer, for coming in.

Dr. Palmer: Appreciate it.

Speaker 2: Coming up next, the hassle free

 

Preventing Allergy Problems At Rodeo – KPRC Channel 2 News

American Sinus Institute on KPRC Channel 2 News | 3-7-17

KPRC Channel 2 News hosts discuss how to prevent allergy problems with the help of American Sinus Institute to enjoy the Houston rodeo.


Video Transcript:

Speaker 1: Only one.

Hailey: They keep making you leave. Well, I did speak to one girl who had to avoid this month long tradition entirely. Did not go to the rodeo. Because of severe allergy attacks. But she says, now she’s back and better than ever. Kelsey Nuwacki says for years her allergy and sinus symptoms were unbearable.

Kelsey: Can’t breathe. Eyes itchy, watery it was a mess.

Hailey: Because of an allergy to dust, animals, feathers and pollen, the rodeo and many other life events were not enjoyable.

Kelsey: Going outside, just doing anything was really miserable. The rodeo was just pretty impossible.

Hailey: Physician Assistant with the American Sinus Institute Jason Williams says, most people can find relief with over the counter drugs.

Jason: And those do really well for treating symptoms, and preventing symptoms.

Hailey: When that didn’t work for Kelsey, she opted for Balloon Synuplasty to open her nasal passages. It’s a procedure done in the doctor’s office, that she says significantly improved her symptoms so she can better manage her allergies with over the counter meds and shots. And that’s enough to open up her world to experiences like the Houston Rodeo.

Kelsey: I plan on going to see the Chain Smokers. I’ve never seen them in concert, and definitely Christ Stapleton. I’ve heard his show is sold out, so I can’t wait.

Hailey: If you are an allergy sufferer and heading to the rodeo, the American Sinus Institute says you should do something right now before you go to work, take an Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec, one of those types of medicines. And that should help you tackle the allergens that are just hovering over NRG right now. And then they strongly recommend rinsing with a Neti Pot when you get home. That’s literally going to rinse the dust and pollen out of your nose so that you don’t wake up feeling crummy tomorrow morning when you’re joining us.

Speaker 6: Good tips.

Speaker 2: That is helpful, because a lot of folks definitely have issues with that around here.

Speaker 1: But some people have it so bad they need surgery, right?

Hailey: Well, I mean she opted for the surgery. If you have severe sinuses, you can get a prescription or the doctor could give you a steroid shot, but then if that doesn’t work, definitely ask if you’re a candidate for sinus surgery.

Speaker 2: Yeah, all right.

Speaker 1: Yeah.

Speaker 2: Good advice, Hailey. She’s getting back on the horse, I like it. 4

 

 

Patient Post Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure – SA Live KSAT

Patient Post Procedure with American Sinus Institute

Dr. Vincent Honrubia and PA Katrina Zedan check up on patient Arianna Walker after her balloon sinuplasty procedure.


Video Transcript:

SA Live: Arianna Walker, who’s a young lady here in San Antonio, who had a sinus procedure, the Honrubia Technique at American Sinus Institute. She allowed me to travel along, along with Ted Obringer, our producer, and we found out how much relief you can get from the American Sinus Institute by going in the procedure with her and talking with her afterwards, watch.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Your breathing, the pressure on the face, and the fact that now that you’ve had the procedure done, the iv’s out, you ate something, do you have any nausea, do you feel…

Arianna Walker: No, I feel great right now.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: You feel great.

Arianna Walker: Yeah.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: So it was about 30 minutes since the procedure, breathing clearer, no pressure, no bleeding, no nausea, no vomiting, ready to walk out of here…

Arianna Walker: Yup.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: Like nothing really happened. It’s exactly the result we would expect that we have the open nose, it’s dry, there’s no packing in the nose, no bruising on the face, all that goes along with what we’re doing with the procedure.

Katrina Zedan: Are you doing okay?

Arianna Walker: Yeah.

Katrina Zedan: How’s your breathing?

Arianna Walker: A little stuffy, but it’s getting better with time.

Katrina Zedan: Okay, any facial pain or pressure or headaches?

Arianna Walker: Nope.

Katrina Zedan: No? Okay. I’m gonna take a look in your nose and see how you’re doing.

Arianna Walker: Okay

Katrina Zedan: You doing those rinses?

Arianna Walker: Not yet.

Katrina Zedan: Okay, we want you to start on those rinses tonight.

Arianna Walker: Yes.

Katrina Zedan: And the more you do the rinses, the better it is for you. It’ll help with healing quicker, and it helps with removing any scabbing, okay? Looks good, we just want you to see an allergy doctor, okay? Just a quick peek at your ears and your throat, and then we’ll let you go. Say “ah” for me.

Arianna Walker: Ah.

Katrina Zedan: Kind of just relax, okay. Alright, turn your head that way for me. Good. Okay perfect, I’ll come around. Good. Any questions for me?

Arianna Walker: No, I think I’m good.

SA Live: I saw her before surgery.

Katrina Zedan: Oh did you?

SA Live: Yes, and I think she even looks like she feels better.

Katrina Zedan: Yeah, they’ll tell you right away almost, within the next few days, especially after rinses, that they’re breathing so much better.

Arianna Walker: Yeah.

Katrina Zedan: And the headaches and facial pain and pressure if you had that before the procedure, this should really improve things, okay. We’re just helping your sinuses breath better and helping you breath better and so, it makes a world of a difference.

SA Live: You started the day with a massive headache.

Arianna Walker: Yes.

SA Live: And we are, well it’s the afternoon now, so how do you feel?

Arianna Walker: I don’t have any headaches right now.

SA Live: Gone.

Arianna Walker: It’s really nice.

SA Live: And when she gets her appetite back, I know she’ll want to eat. But she’ll be able to smell it too, and the taste will probably come back as well, right?

Katrina Zedan: Yes, yes exactly, the better you breathe, yeah. It’ll help with her taste, it’ll help with the smell — big difference.

Arianna Walker: Right.

SA Live: Alright, Arianna, tell everybody what you’re gonna order.

Arianna Walker: A really, really big pizza.

SA Live: What’s on it?

Arianna Walker: Just cheese.

SA Live: Just cheese pizza.

Arianna Walker: I just like cheese pizza.

SA Live: That is perfect.

Arianna Walker: But really greasy, is that bad? I like really greasy pizza.

SA Live: You can have whatever you want.

SA Live: It is so great to see people get relief from the Honrubia Technique at American Sinus Institute. Find them online at americansinus.com or call 210-balloon. The balloon sinuplasty, the Honrubia Technique, 210-225-5666.