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Sanford R. Hoffman, MD
...Responsible for a budget of over $500 Million 1999-2000 Incite Partners, LLC, Venture Catalyst Company, Scottsdale, AZ Partner 1999-2001 Corpus Callosum, LLC, Phoenix, Arizona Partner 2001-2003 Consultant - Medical 2003-2007 Private Practice Otolaryngology, Desert ENT, Glendale AZ 2007-present Private Practice Otolaryngology Arizona ENT Physicians PLLC, Sun City West APPOINTMENTS: Clinical Assistant Professor - State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Chairman -1975-1994 Department of Otolaryngology, Millard Fillmore Hospitals, Buffalo, New York Held various positions in Medical Staff Governance including Treasurer and Vice President of Medical Staff Also Medical Staff Representative to Finance Committee of Millard Fillmore Board OUTCOMES MEASUREMENTS AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVES: Principal Developer of Chronic Sinusitis Type Specification for Outcomes Measurements with InterStudy of Minneapolis and American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Developer of Guidelines for Chronic Sinusitis with Value Health Sciences, Inc...

ENT Office
... The latest in-office surgical treatment for chronic sinusitis, referred to as the "balloon sinuplasty"...

Nasal Conditions
...  From allergies to sinusitis, our sinuses can help us breathe and smell, but they can also cause us more problems than we would like...

Sinus Surgery
...Those with sinusitis will usually not need surgery to treat their condition; however, if you have chronic sinusitis or you haven’t experienced relief from treatments for several weeks then we may recommend surgery...

What Causes Sinus Infections?
Sinus infections (also known as acute or chronic sinusitis) are caused by swelling and inflammation in the sinus cavity...

What Is Causing My Nosebleeds?
... 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 Pregnancy Pregnant women are more likely to experience nosebleeds due to increasing hormone and blood volume levels...

FAQ for ENTs
... Sinus infections, also called sinusitis, are caused by inflammation or blockage of the pathways meant to help the sinuses drain...

Sinus Surgery Procedures
... 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...

What Could Be Causing My Nosebleeds?
...Infections such as the common cold or sinusitis can also lead to a bloody nose...

Common Sinus Problems
...The most common sinus problems include: Acute sinusitis (also known as a sinus infection) Chronic sinusitis Deviated septum Allergies Unfortunately, there are countless people around the world dealing with these problems, and these chronic sinus problems have even been linked to a higher rate of depression...

What are Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Issues?
... Sinusitis Many people will face a sinus infection at some point during their lifetime, but most of the time it will be completely innocuous and self-limiting...

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
For those who deal with sinusitis, or a sinus infection, symptoms usually go away in a week or so...

Signs You May Need Sinus Surgery
...If you are dealing with chronic sinusitis or other sinus problems, our Sun City West and Sun City, AZ, otolaryngologists are here to tell you the warning signs that it might be time to consider surgery...

What is Sinusitis?
...A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, occurs when the nasal passages become inflamed or irritated...

Can Sinus Surgery Relieve Your Discomfort?
...If you have chronic sinusitis then chances are good that you’ve already turned to our Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, otolaryngologists for a proper diagnosis...

Head and Neck Surgery Options
...These conditions include: Hearing or balance problems Chronic or persistent ear infections Chronic sinusitis Laryngitis Thyroid problems Obstructive sleep apnea Tonsillitis Esophagus problems By seeking care from a medical professional right away an otolaryngologist can easily determine the cause of your condition so that they can create a treatment plan that will finally provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for...

Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery
...If so, then it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist who can provide you with the relief that you need! While acute sinusitis is usually nothing to worry about and will go away fully after a few weeks of treatment, chronic sinusitis often needs a more proactive solution...

What Could Be Causing Your Breathing Problems?
... According to Michigan Medicine, chronic or acute sinusitis (aka sinus infection) affects millions of people in the US...

Signs That You Might Need Sinus Surgery
...Sinus infections (sinusitis) happen more frequently now, and you produce a lot of thick, green mucus...

What Could Be Causing Your Breathing Problems?
... Common Causes of Breathing Problems You may have trouble breathing if you are dealing with: Common cold Acute or chronic sinusitis Asthma Allergies Deviated septum Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Emphysema Bronchitis Other upper respiratory infections (e...

Chronic Nasal Congestion
... The two most common causes of persistent nasal congestion are chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis...

What Causes Nosebleeds?
... Other causes include: Repeated nose blowing Allergies Broken nose Acute or chronic sinusitis (a sinus infection) Common cold Irritants Certain allergy medications (these medications can dry out the nose) Traumatic injury to the nose Deviated septum Bleeding disorders High altitude Excessive use of blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications There are two main types of nosebleeds: anterior and posterior...

What Causes Ear Infections?
... There are many things that can cause an ear infection but the most common causes include: Changes in air pressure Sinusitis Smoking Allergies Common cold Tonsillitis As we mentioned above, children are more likely to experience ear infections because they have narrower Eustachian tubes...

Nasal Polyps
...You are at greater risk of having nasal polyps if you have: Asthma or allergies Allergic fungal sinusitis Recurring sinus infections Aspirin sensitivity Cystic fibrosis If you are at greater risk of forming nasal polyps, there is a lot you can do to prevent them...

Finding the Right Treatment for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
... A special balloon catheter procedure (similar to the one used to treat chronic sinusitis) can be directed into the nose and into the eustachian tube, where it opens up the tubes to help them drain properly...

Correcting a Deviated Septum
...Symptoms of a deviated septum include: Nasal obstruction or full blockage of a nasal cavity Severe facial pain and pressure Frequent headaches Snoring Frequent nosebleeds Difficulty sleeping Severe swelling Your ENT doctor may recommend surgery to correct the abnormality if you have a fully blocked nostril or you are dealing with recurring or chronic bouts of sinusitis...

What Is Nasal Irrigation?
... Nasal irrigation has roots in ayurvedic medicine and involves flushing out the sinuses to help manage symptoms associated with: Sinusitis (both acute and chronic) Colds and other respiratory infections Allergies Irritants Most people have heard of a neti pot, a small pot that holds and pours saline solution through the nasal passages...

Would I Benefit From Sinus Surgery?
...Chronic sinusitis is characterized by recurrent infection, regardless of allergens...

What Is Sinus Surgery?
...Surgery can be used to treat chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum...

Why Do I Get Frequent Nosebleeds?
..., colds and flu; sinusitis) An allergic reaction Chemical irritants If your nosebleed lasts longer than 20 minutes or results from an injury, you must see a doctor right away as this could be a sign of a posterior nosebleed...

Signs and Symptoms of Postnasal Drip
...There are a few possible reasons such as: A cold or flu Allergies Sinusitis Dry, cold air Changes in weather Deviated septum (a common malformation in the nasal wall that separates the two cavities) Pregnancy Certain medications (e...

Nose
Asthma Dysgeusia Deviated Septum Fungal Sinusitis Geriatric Rhinitis Hyposmia and Anosmia Nosebleeds Post-Nasal Drip Sinus Headaches Sinusitis Rhinitis Turbinate Hypertrophy

Kids ENT Health
Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie) Pediatric Hearing Loss Pediatric Sinusitis Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Asthma
...In adults, asthma can be seen in patients with sinusitis or nasal polyps...

Deviated Septum
... Inferior turbinate hypertrophy—turbinates are finger-like structures in your nose that warm and moisten the air you breathe, and sometimes the lower ones can get too big  Concha bullosa of the middle turbinate—this is when one of the turbinates next to your sinus openings gets a big air bubble in it Nasal valve collapse (internal or external) Sinusitis (acute, recurrent, chronic)   Headaches (contact point)   External nasal deformity (change in the shape of the nose) Decreased sense of smell Are There Potential Dangers or Complications...

Fungal Sinusitis
Fungal sinusitis is a broad term used to describe various situations when fungus might be involved in the cause or symptoms of nasal and sinus inflammation...

Geriatric Rhinitis
... Do I have rhinitis or sinusitis...

Hyposmia and Anosmia
... Symptoms of hyposmia or anosmia may be noticed gradually or suddenly, and include: Decreased or absent sense of smell Decreased sense of taste (flavor is the combination of taste and smell) Nasal blockage or congestion Nasal inflammation Respiratory infection Losing the ability to smell can often be accompanied by symptoms of chronic sinusitis, which may include frequent infections, facial pressure and pain, nasal obstruction, and drainage...

Post-Nasal Drip
...For chronic sinusitis, surgery to open the blocked sinuses may be required...

Sinus Headaches
...Studies of patients who have self-diagnosed or been diagnosed with sinus headaches were found to have migraines or tension headaches in more than 80 percent of cases; only three to five percent of these patients had sinusitis...

Sinusitis
...If symptoms of discolored nasal drainage and blockage hang around for more than 10 days, or worsen after they start getting better, there’s a good chance you have sinusitis, an infection or inflammation of the sinuses...

Rhinitis
... Symptoms of rhinitis may include: Nasal blockage or congestion Sneezing Runny nose or postnasal drainage Itchy nose Rhinitis may occur before a case of sinusitis or with sinusitis, a condition where infection or inflammation affects the sinuses...

Turbinate Hypertrophy
...This can be an acute (one time) or chronic (ongoing) problem, and can be caused by many conditions including: Upper respiratory infection, or the common cold Acute sinus infection Allergic rhinitis  Non-allergic rhinitis Chronic rhinosinusitis Medications Hormonal changes Other related factors or conditions that can cause nasal blockage include a deviated septum, nasal valve collapse, and external nasal deformity, or other kind of sinus disease...

Sore Throats
...This infection can also cause scarlet fever, tonsillitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and ear infections...

Pediatric Sinusitis
Sinusitis (rhinosinusitis) in children can look different than sinusitis in adults...

Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
...Other symptoms include: Crying or irritability Poor appetite, or feeding and swallowing problems Weight loss or poor weight gain Wet burps or vomiting, or regurgitation Stomach aches Abdominal and/or chest pain Sore throat Hoarseness Asthma or wheezing Chronic coughing and throat clearing Chronic sinusitis  Ear infections and/or fluid in the ear Tooth decay What Causes Pediatric GERD...

Cholesteatoma
...Seasonal allergies, upper respiratory infections (cough/cold), or sinusitis may contribute to eustachian tube dysfunction...

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