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By Arizona ENT
March 10, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

Discover the surgical options for treating your severe or chronic sinus infection.sinus surgery

Anyone who has had to deal with the endless battle of sinus symptoms knows how difficult it can be to find relief. You’ve probably tried every over-the-counter or prescription medication possible and you’ve certainly made changes to your lifestyle and yet you still see no changes. This is where our otolaryngologists serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ, area step in. If you aren’t finding sinus relief then it’s time to consider sinus surgery.

Here are the different sinus surgery options:

Endoscopic surgery

With advancements in medical technology endoscopic treatment is often preferred to traditional sinus surgery since it is less invasive, boasts a faster recovery time and is less likely to cause complications. A popular sinus treatment is balloon sinuplasty, in which our Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West ear doctor places a small flexible tube into the nasal passages. At the end of this scope is a deflated balloon.

Once the scope is inside the inflamed or blocked passageways, we will inflate the balloon to remove the blockage and to allow sinuses to properly drain. Once the nasal walls have been widened they will remain like this even once the endoscope has been removed. Most patients will not require additional treatment after this procedure, and patients often return to work within one to two days afterwards.

Traditional surgery

While endoscopic surgery may seem like the best option it isn’t always ideal for all patients. If we find that you have pus, an infection within the bones of the face or you have developed a brain abscess due to sinus complications then this surgery will be necessary to fully treat these more serious issues.

Who Needs Sinus Surgery

While most people won’t require surgery in order to address sinus problems, you may want to consider getting surgery if:

  • You have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis
  • You’ve been following our medical treatment plan for up to six weeks with no changes in symptoms
  • You have nasal polyps or something that is preventing your sinuses from draining

Don’t let sinus pain, pressure and congestion affect your life. Turn to the ENT sinus specialists at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ, area to give you the treatment you need to breathe a little easier.

By Arizona ENT
January 18, 2017
Category: ENT

There are many conditions and illnesses that can affect the ears, nose and throat. The doctors at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat, your ear entsdoctors in the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ area have provided the answers to some common frequently asked questions.

How is a sinus infection treated?

Sinus infections, also called sinusitis, are caused by inflammation or blockage of the pathways meant to help the sinuses drain. A sinus infection can be treated with antibiotics and/or nasal decongestants. In cases of chronic sinus infections, endoscopic sinus surgery can help.

When should I see a doctor for a sore throat?

In many cases, a sore throat can be treated with over-the-counter medication. However, if you have had a severe sore throat for at least one week or longer and it is associated with any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor.

  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • A hoarse voice for two weeks or more
  • A fever of over 101 degrees
  • Blood in the saliva or phlegm
  • Ear aches
  • A lump in the neck
  • A rash

What symptoms are associated with tonsillitis?

There are several symptoms associated with tonsillitis, which is an infection of the tonsils. See an ear, nose and throat doctor if you have several of the following symptoms:

  • Tonsils that appear more red than usual
  • Tonsils appear to have a yellow or white coating
  • A sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Bad breath
  • A Fever

When is a tonsillectomy needed?

A tonsillectomy involves permanent removal of the tonsils. Two common reasons for having the tonsils removed are frequent tonsil infections and sleep apnea. Individuals, particularly children, who have had multiple tonsil infections within a one year time period are candidates for a tonsillectomy. Sleep apnea, a condition in which individuals stop breathing for a period of time while sleeping, is sometimes associated with enlarged tonsils. When this is the case, a tonsillectomy can resolve problems with sleep apnea.

What causes vertigo and how can it be treated?

Vertigo, a feeling of dizziness or of being off balance, is often the result of an infection or inflammation in the inner ear. In addition to dizziness, it can also be associated with nausea, vomiting, headaches and ringing in the ears. There are several possible treatments for vertigo. Based on your particular symptoms, an ear doctor in the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West area can determine the most appropriate treatment option.

Treatments for vertigo include physical therapies, such as vestibular rehabilitation and canalith repositioning maneuvers, antibiotics, steroids and surgery. Antibiotics and steroids are used to treat vertigo when an inner ear infection or inflammation is causing it. Surgery is sometimes used for serious cases of vertigo when other treatment methods have failed. Your Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West area ear doctor can determine if and when surgery is needed.

If you are suffering from a condition or illness of the ear, nose or throat, Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat can help. Call today to schedule an appointment.

By Arizona ENT
November 09, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: nose   nosebleeds  

Learn more about chronic nosebleeds from your doctors serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City nosebleedsWest, AZ area!

Have you ever wondered why you get nosebleeds? In most cases, nosebleeds are only a minor annoyance, but in some cases, they can be a sign of a more serious problem. Our doctors at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ area share a few causes of nosebleeds.

Picking or blowing

Picking or scratching the inside of your nose can injure the blood vessels in your nostrils and send you running for a tissue. The problem can also occur if you have a cold or allergies and blow your nose frequently since frequent blowing is irritating to your sensitive nasal passages.

Not enough moisture in the air

When the air is dry, the lining of your nostrils tend to dry out and crack, which can cause bleeding. The problem is more common during the winter due to the effects of indoor heating and a natural reduction of moisture in the air. If you notice that you experience more nosebleeds during the winter months, plug in a humidifier while you sleep.

Health problems

Certain diseases and conditions can increase your risk of nosebleeds, including:

  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Nasal polyps or tumors
  • Leukemia
  • Chronic or acute sinusitis
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Deviated septum
  • Allergies


Pregnant women are more likely to experience nosebleeds due to increasing hormone and blood volume levels. These changes can affect the membranes in the nose and make them more likely to swell, rupture or dry out.

Medication side effects

Nosebleeds are more common if you take some types of medications, including blood thinners, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Since these drugs interfere with the natural clotting ability of blood, nosebleeds may be more frequent and once you get one, it may last longer than normal.

What can I do about frequent nosebleeds?

Frequent nosebleeds should not be ignored and should be evaluated by your ear, nose and throat doctor. They'll perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of the problem and recommend treatments that will help reduce the frequency of your nosebleeds.

Are you concerned about frequent nosebleeds? Call Drs. Bassett, Hoffman and Borgesen, your doctors at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ area to schedule an appointment.

By Arizona ENT
September 14, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: ear   hearing aids   hearing loss  

It can be a challenge trying to figure out what hearing aid will work best for you. Let us help!

When we lose the ability to hear those around us and enjoy conversations it can take a major toll on our quality of life. Luckily, our teamhearning aid of ENT doctors in Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ is here to help. Through the selection of hearing aids we offer there is something for everyone. Here are some factors that go into the decision-making process when you go shopping for a hearing aid.

Hearing Aid Styles in Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West

Hearing aids differ in size, fit, features and price, so it’s important that you discuss your options with our audiologists to determine which kind is right for you. Here are some of the most common types of hearing aids:

Completely in the Canal (CIC): This is one of the smallest hearing aids available and because it’s molded to fit inside the ear it is less visible.

In the Canal (ITC): Another custom-molded hearing aid, this one only fits partially in the ear. This is usually a great option for those dealing with more mild to moderate forms of hearing loss. It also offers different features that aren’t available with completely-in-the-canal hearing aids.

In the Ear (ITE): In-the-ear hearing aids can be shaped in two different ways: one fills the full outer ear while the other will only fill the lower portion of the ear. This hearing aid can be great for anyone, no matter if their hearing loss is mild or severe. This hearing aid also offers volume control, a feature that you won’t often find in smaller hearing aid styles.

Behind the Ear (BTE): This hearing aid will hook over the top of your ear and connect to a customized earpiece that will stay in the ear canal. This is a great option for patients of all ages and for most forms of hearing loss.

Receiver in Canal (RIC): This style is similar to the behind-the-ear hearing aid but the receiver can either stay in the ear or the canal. The behind-the-ear portion of this hearing aid may be a bit less visible than a BTE hearing aid.

Open fit: This hearing aid is also similar to the BTE hearing aid except the tube that connects the earpiece and the hearing aid is very thin. Because this keeps the ear canals open this allows for high frequencies to be picked up by the hearing aid while allowing low frequencies to naturally be picked up by the ear.

Besides the style of the hearing aid, which plays a rather large part, you’ll want to consider other features such as noise reduction, rechargeable batteries or remote controls, as well as the price when it comes to which hearing aid will work best for you and your lifestyle. We will be happy to sit down with you and discuss all these details and more!

Restore your hearing with Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians and enjoy the ease of talking to friends and family again. Call our office serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ area today and let us know you are interested in getting a hearing aid.

By Arizona ENT
July 05, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: throat conditions  

A sore throat is never a fun experience. However, throat ailments affect almost everyone at some point in their life. But what should you conditions that affect the throatdo when you notice that familiar feeling of a sore throat? Learn about the different conditions which affect your throat with help from your Sun City West, AZ ear, nose, and throat doctors at Arizona ENT.

Common Conditions That Affect Your Throat

  • Common Cold: The most common viral infection, the common cold causes a runny nose and congestion, cough, and sore throat.
  • Laryngitis: This contagious condition occurs when the voice box, or larynx, becomes inflamed. Laryngitis causes hoarseness, sore throat, and voice loss and often occurs alongside other conditions.
  • Mononucleosis: Often known as the “kissing disease” or “mono”, this condition causes fatigue, sore throat that does not usually respond to antibiotics, swollen tonsils, headache, and swollen lymph nodes.
  • Strep Throat: Strep throat can occur in both children and adults. Its symptoms include sudden severe sore throat, pain or difficulty swallowing, swollen lymph nodes, and white or yellow spots on the tonsils and at the back of the throat.
  • Irritants: Not all sore throats are caused by medical conditions. Sometimes, a sore throat occurs due to allergies, yelling, smoking, low humidity, postnasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux disease, injury, or even chronic fatigue.

If you suffer from severe pain or your sore throat lasts longer than a few days, you should schedule an appointment with your Sun City West, AZ ear, nose, and throat doctor. You should seek immediate medical help if your sore throat is accompanied by difficulty breathing, swallowing, eating, joint pain, rash, earache, or a fever over 101 degrees. Determining the cause of a sore throat is crucial in its treatment. Your doctor can work with you to determine the root cause of your sore throat to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

Sore Throat Treatments in Sun City West, AZ 
Your doctor uses a physical examination in conjunction with various testing methods to determine the cause of your sore throat. Viral illnesses which do not respond to antibiotics often cause sore throats. This means that home treatments such as gargling with warm salt water and drinking plenty of fluids are often enough to ease the symptoms of a sore throat until the virus runs its course. However, your doctor may prescribe medications if necessary.

For more information on common throat conditions, please contact your doctors at Arizona ENT in Sun City West, AZ. Call (623) 975-1660 to schedule your appointment for an examination today!

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