At the Texas Sinus Institute, our focus is providing successful treatments for all conditions of the nose and sinuses—and an optimal patient experience.
For months, Janie Lee’s nose wouldn’t stop running. Clear fluid ran from her left nostril during the day and down her throat at night. A nurse at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas, Lee stuffed tissue in her nostrils and put a mask on when she was called to see a patient.
When an MRI revealed a mass in Phoebe’s left sinus extending behind the eye, her pediatrician referred her to William Yao, MD, a fellowship-trained rhinologist and assistant professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Rick Jackson was failing maximal medical treatment and well on his way to a third trip to the OR for nasal polyposis, when his rhinologist Martin J. Citardi, MD, suggested that he try SINUVA®.
Curtis Griffin was on the verge of a sixth surgery for nasal polyposis when his rhinologist suggested that he try dupilumab, a monoclonal antibody approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat asthma, atopic dermatitis, and chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP).
Scott Nickell was among the millions of people who suffer from difficulty breathing through the nose. Until recently his only options were medications or breathing strips that offer temporary relief, or invasive surgeries that involve a period of recovery.
For two decades Cobb saw various ENTs and tried a variety of oral and nasal medications for chronic rhinosinusitis, without sustained relief. In the process, he was diagnosed with Samter’s Triad, a chronic condition defined by asthma, sinus inflammation with difficult-to-treat nasal and sinus polyps, and aspirin sensitivity.
Minimally Invasive Nasal Remodeling Procedure Allows Patients with Obstruction to Breathe More Easily
After receiving information about the availability of the VivAer® nasal airway remodeling procedure, Smith scheduled an appointment with William C. Yao, MD, an assistant professor and rhinologist in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Spike Sturdivant found the medical and moral support he needed in otorhinolaryngologist Amber Luong, MD, PhD, and radiation oncologist Angel Blanco, MD, after being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in early 2018.
“When my condition worsened, I did my homework on alternatives to surgery for polyps,” Toufeeq says. “My first endoscopic sinus surgery was not an ordeal, and I was home in two hours flat. Still, surgery is surgery and why go through it if you can find something else that works?”
“I didn’t even notice it,” says Simmons, 72. “I couldn’t breathe through my nose, so I just started breathing through my mouth. My first medication was a nasal spray, but it didn’t help.”
“For a year my voice sounded like I had gravel in my throat,” says Olin, 59. “My sinuses drained so much and so fast that I would literally choke. I sneezed constantly, and my life was totally miserable. When Dr. Stanley told me about ClariFix, I said, yes, I’ll try anything to get off steroids and antibiotics.”
An accurate diagnosis and effective treatment dramatically improved the life of 75-year-old Ed Dickerson, whose off-and-on history of nasal congestion goes back to his childhood.
Two weeks after having balloon eustachian tuboplasty, Robin Goebel was on a flight to South America, where she hiked at high altitudes, visiting Machu Picchu at 7,970 feet and Cusco at 11,152 feet, and took 13 different flights to places ranging from Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands.
Ross had undergone an earlier surgery for removal of nasal polyps in 2007. “They came back with a vengeance,” he says. “For the last two or three years, I could hardly breathe at all out of my right nostril, especially during the spring, and nasal sprays didn’t help. ”
Owen, 41, had problems with asthma, allergies and nasal polyps for years and, after losing the ability to smell and taste, was told by her ENT in College Station that she needed surgery. She underwent a nasal polypectomy in May, 2017.
Krohn, 27, first met her surgeon William C. Yao, MD, after experiencing ringing in her ears. During the course of her office evaluation, he also diagnosed her with a significant deviated nasal septum and inferior turbinate hypertrophy.
As he grew older, 42-year-old Jon Balter developed severe chronic rhinitis and sought help from allergists and ENTs for nearly a decade. After trying allergy shots and a variety of medications without success, he was referred by his allergist to Martin J. Citardi, MD, who used a breakthrough cooling technology to treat the disorder successfully.
In December 2012, Theeck went to his local ENT in Beaumont, Texas, complaining of bad sinus headaches. “Because I have heart disease, he didn’t want to put me under anesthesia, so he asked me how tough I am. ‘Pretty tough,’ I said.
Revision endoscopic sinus surgery presents challenges not often seen in primary surgeries. Rhinologists at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth routinely treat refractory conditions in patients from Houston as well as the entire state of Texas.
“We found that the implants were associated with improved endoscopic surgical outcomes for sinusitis,” said Amber Luong, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s lead author and the director of research in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology.
Otorhinolaryngology and Neurosurgery Team Up to Maximize the Outcome for a Patient with Pituitary Tumor
After an unexplained “brain glitch” led to the discovery of a large pituitary tumor, retired corrosion engineer Niell Strickland joined the ranks of patients who have benefited from the teamwork of rhinologist William Yao, MD , and neurosurgeon Spiros Blackburn, MD.
“I was 57 and had never been sick a day in my life when I suddenly developed a severe sinus infection,” says Giles, who lives in Spring, Texas. “My wife and I were scheduled to go to Kentucky to visit her parents, so I went to a family doctor on the north side of Houston who prescribed medication to treat the symptoms. I still felt bad, and when we landed in Knoxville, I thought my eardrums had burst.”
After suffering for years from severe allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, Wynard De’kavon Crawford found relief through a minimally invasive office procedure: the placement of a tiny PROPEL® mini dissolvable implant into each of his ethmoid sinuses.
Butcher, her husband Larry and their three daughters moved from California to Corpus Christi in 1979, when Larry took a job in the oilfields. Aside from the occasional head cold, Butcher, 68, who works at a Ford dealership, had always enjoyed good health—and playing sports.
Toward the end of 2010 and well into 2011, 32-year-old Kurtis White had a persistent runny nose that he assumed was caused by allergies. After trying various over-the-counter medications for nearly six months—without relief—he made an appointment with his primary care physician.
s she was preparing to leave for a semester abroad in Europe, 20-year-old Baylor University student Bridgette Marshall heard news she never expected to hear. Her otorhinolaryngologist Martin J. Citardi, MD, FACS, told her she had a very rare and advanced form of cancer.
Richard Petty doesn’t normally write laudatory letters about his physicians, but after treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), he sat down and penned one to Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and then dean of the UTHealth John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School.
By the time 39-year-old Ricky Watson saw Amber Luong, MD, PhD, FACS, he could no longer swallow, eat or talk. His only avenue of communication with his family was writing on a notepad or texting via cell phone. Diagnosed at the age of 10 with Proteus syndrome, an extremely rare condition marked by overgrowth of bones, skin and other tissues, Watson had undergone numerous surgeries at institutions in East and West Texas in failed attempts to correct conditions caused by the syndrome.