Whether we are treating allergies, chronic sinusitis, or advanced tumors of the sinus cavity, here at the Texas ENT Allergy & Sinus Center we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care. The field of Rhinology has seen tremendous advances in treatment and management of sinus and nasal disorders. The use of compound medicated sinus rinses, drug eluding sinus stents, in office balloon sinuplasty, minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, and intraoperative surgical navigation systems are just of a few of the many innovative treatment options we offer at our center. Through our step wise approach we provide an individualized treatment plans tailored to meet your specific needs. Our goal is to provide outstanding medical care focused on treating the person and not just the disease.
Rhinology refers to a subspecialty within the field of otolaryngology (ENT) focused on the treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the nasal cavity and sinuses. This may include allergies, problems with taste and smell, nose bleeds, obstructed nasal airflow, and sinusitis. These disorders are often times initially well managed by a General Ear Nose and Throat physician. However, when the problem persist or become more complex care may require consultation with a Rhinology specialist.
A Rhinologist refers to a surgical specialist who has successfully completed fellowship training in the field of Rhinology and Skull base surgery. This advanced level of training focuses on treating complex cases of the nasal cavity and sinuses, thus providing them with the knowledge and necessary skill sets to successfully treat and manage patients with Advanced Rhinologic diseases and disorders.
Although often thought of as the same, the nasal cavity and sinus cavities are actually separate from one another. The nasal cavity allows for the passage of airflow to the lungs acting as both a humidifier and filter to airborne irritants. Our sinus cavities actually consist of 4 separate regions located below the eyes (maxillary sinuses), between the eyes (ethmoid sinuses), above the eyes (frontal sinuses), and behind the eyes (sphenoid sinuses). Located right next to our sinuses are critical and vital structures such as the brain, base of the skull, the orbit, the optic nerve, and the carotid artery just to name a few.
Advanced Rhinology refers to the study, treatment, and management of complex diseases and disorders involving the nasal and sinus cavity such as extensive or recurrent chronic sinusitis, tumors of the sinus and nasal cavity, diseases causing visual abnormalities, and defects involving the base of skull resulting in cerebrospinal fluid leakage. Medical and or surgical treatment of such disorders often requires the care and expertise of a fellowship trained Rhinologist.
We know that it can be a little intimidating going to a doctor’s office and we would like you to be as comfortable and knowledgeable about our center before you visit so that you may have a pleasant and productive appointment. We take a team approach to our patient care and you will get the opportunity to interact with many members of our team during your evaluation. We encourage questions and feedback and you will have the opportunity to tell us what you think of your visit after your appointment.
Because rhinology problems can be complicated, you may have many assessments during your visit in order to arrive at the correct diagnosis or to follow your progress in the most timely and accurate manner. Please allow time for us to thoroughly assess you. For an initial visit, we do not recommend you schedule any other commitments for two hours after your appointment time. You should not eat anything heavy before your appointment. Assessments during your visit will include vital signs (weight, blood pressure, and pulse) as well as a general ear nose and throat exam and may include endoscopic evaluation of the nasal cavity and sinuses, consultation with our allergy department for allergy testing, breathing test to assess lung function (allergy, sinusitis, and asthma are often associated with one another), blood testing, or radiographic studies such as a CT Scan or MRI of the sinuses. Not every problem will require all of these tests as everyone is different.
We appreciate your trust and your care. We understand that a visit to a doctor can be intimidating or even scary, and we will do everything we can to take care of you and respect you while you are with us. It is our goal that your visit with us will lead to your improved function and a solution to your problem.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!