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Reno Otolaryngologist Features Patient Success Story For Balloon Sinus Surgery

Reno ENT, Ear Nose and Throat Specialist, Balloon-sinuplasty, Dr. Stacey Hudson

Dr. Stacey Hudson uses balloon sinus surgery at his Reno ENT practice to help alleviate the symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

Reno, NV – Dr. Stacey Hudson treats many patients for sinusitis (also known as rhinosinusitis) at his Reno ENT practice. There are two major types of sinusitis—acute and chronic—and some patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis have been benefiting from an innovative technique called balloon sinus surgery. One of Dr. Hudson’s recent patients, Amity Adams, found relief from facial pressure, headaches, and more as a result of this new procedure.

Amity Adams had suffered from chronic sinusitis for as long as she could remember. While acute sinusitis is categorized as persistent cold symptoms such as nasal congestion and facial pressure, these symptoms do eventually resolve themselves. Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, causes the patient to suffer these symptoms for periods longer than three months and may require more rigorous treatment options.

“I really had a hard time clearing up any type of cold, any type of nasal problems,” said Adams. According to Dr. Hudson, millions of Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis. An experienced Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist at Advanced Otolaryngology Associates, his private practice, Dr. Hudson uses CT scans to help diagnose the condition and determine candidacy for balloon-sinuplasty.

Balloon-sinuplasty functions very similarly to angioplasty—rather than using a surgical balloon to clear an artery in the heart, a similar flexible balloon catheter is used in sinuplasty to clear the nasal passages. Once inflated, the balloon widens the walls of the nasal passages while protecting the sinus lining of the patient. This 30-minute FDA-approved procedure is performed under local anesthesia and most patients are able to return to their normal activities as soon as they leave Dr. Hudson’s office.

After her balloon sinus surgery, Adams regained the ability to breathe through her nose and no longer suffered from facial pressure, headaches, or nasal discharge. Dr. Hudson highlights that balloon sinus surgery has been proven to provide long-lasting relief and is much less invasive than endoscopic sinus surgery. Advanced Otolaryngology Associates is the only office in Northern Nevada providing in-office balloon sinus treatments and Dr. Hudson is happy to offer an innovative procedure that gives his chronic sinusitis patients sustained relief using a minimally invasive technique.

About Stacey Hudson, MD

Dr. Stacey Hudson earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology. Dr. Hudson is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Advanced Otolaryngology Associates, please visit myrenoent.com or facebook.com/pages/Advanced-Otolaryngology-Associates/330468367039478.

ENT Specialist Stacey Hudson, MD Profiled in Student Doctor Network Article

Dr. Stacey Hudson, our experienced Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, was recently profiled for a web article in the Student Doctor Network. SDN is a non-profit organization composed of thousands of doctors, students in the health profession, and those considering careers in health-related fields. The article, written by Juliet Farmer, recounts Dr. Hudson’s origins in the field of otolaryngology and the work that he does each day to help people improve their lives.

Please take a look at Dr. Hudson’s interview on SDN, and contact Advanced Otolaryngology Associates if you would like more information on the many procedures we offer.

Read the SDN article.

Reno Otolaryngologist Delivers Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery Guide

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Dr. Stacey Hudson provides an alternative to traditional sinus surgery

Reno, NV – Dr. Stacey Hudson, a Reno otolaryngologist (ENT), is utilizing a new treatment technique for patients in need of sinus surgery. Patients suffering from sinusitis, a condition affecting approximately 29.8 million Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), now have the option of Balloon Sinuplasty to reopen their blocked nasal passages. At Advanced Otolaryngology Associates, his private practice, Dr. Hudson uses this system of FDA‐cleared, catheter‐based instruments to provide his patients with sinus relief.

Since the symptoms of the common cold and seasonal allergies are largely identical to the symptoms of sinusitis, many patients are unaware they are suffering from the condition. These symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Blocked nasal passages
  • Lost sense of smell and taste
  • Pressure in eyes and ears

According to Dr. Hudson, this outpatient procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. However, Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Compared to traditional forms of endoscopic sinus surgery which involve drills, small incisions and the removal of tissue, Balloon Sinuplasty is minimally invasive and does not require an incisions. Patients of Balloon Sinuplasty experience:

  • Dramatic, instant improvement in nasal airflow
  • A minimal amount of pain that requires less than two days worth of pain medication
  • A faster surgery compared to traditional methods of sinus surgery
  • Significantly reduced recovery time

“Because Balloon Sinuplasty treats the problem directly without incisions under a local anesthetic, patients can go back to work sooner and experience much less pain after the procedure,” Dr. Hudson says.

Dr. Hudson notes that many patients are able to return immediately to their normal activities, while nearly all patients fully recover within a day or two. Most patients feel the condition improve significantly as soon as the surgery is completed, as the surgery reopens blocked nasal passages to relieve sinus pressure and pain. At Advanced Otolaryngology Associates, his Reno ENT practice, Dr. Hudson offers in-house balloon sinus surgery and is currently the only practice in Northern Nevada to do so.

About Stacey Hudson, MD

Dr. Stacey Hudson, a board-certified otolaryngologist, is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine before completing his internship and residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). Dr. Hudson serves as the Chief of Surgery at South Meadows Medical Center and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.

Dr. Hudson Appears on KOLO-TV to Talk about Innovative New Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis

Many people suffer from continuous nasal problems, headaches, and other symptoms of chronic sinusitis. The condition is caused by the sinuses’ inability to drain the way they should, and it can be very uncomfortable – ultimately having an effect on one’s daily life. Dr. Stacey Hudson at Advanced Otolaryngology Associates was recently featured on local news station KOLO-8’s Medical Minute to discuss a new treatment that can be very effective at clearing the sinuses and helping patients breathe easier through the nose. The Balloon-Sinuplasty is minimally invasive, takes only about 30 minutes to complete, and there is no downtime after the procedure.

Please take a look at the video segment, and contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hudson.

Reno Otolaryngologist Uses Innovative Technique for Sinus Surgery

Reno Otolaryngologist Uses Innovative Technique for Sinus Surgery

Balloon sinuplasty uses a system of FDA‐cleared, catheter‐based instruments for sinusitis relief

Reno, NV – Dr. Stacey Hudson, a board-certified Reno otolaryngologist (ENT), has adopted new technology to treat a sinus condition that is unknown to many patients. What might appear as common cold or allergy symptoms are sometimes indicative of a more serious ailment known as sinusitis. Utilizing balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Hudson is able to help his patients at Advanced Otolaryngology Associates relieve this condition with a safer, less invasive method of sinus surgery.

The symptoms of sinusitis are similar to cold and allergy symptoms:

  • Blocked nasal passages
  • Sore throat
  • Pressure in eyes and ears
  • Lost sense of smell and taste

Sinusitis affects approximately 29.8 million Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The condition impairs the drainage of mucus from the sinuses due to infected or inflamed nasal membrane tissue. According to Dr. Hudson, patients are often treated with antibiotics and receive relief only for a month or two before those same symptoms return. Sinus surgery, which traditionally required a small incision to remove the tissue blocking the nasal passage, has changed dramatically with balloon sinuplasty.

Balloon sinuplasty borrows technology that has been commonly used in angioplasty procedures and applies that technology to the sinuses. With this new method of sinus surgery, a balloon is inserted into the nasal passage and gently inflated to allow fluid to drain. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting.

The major benefits of balloon sinuplasty versus traditional sinus surgery are:

  • Minimal pain since there is no incision or tissue removal
  • No pain medications after one or two days
  • Faster surgery time
  • Dramatically reduced recovery time

Dr. Hudson says that most patients return immediately to their normal activities. Advanced Otolaryngology Associates, a Reno ENT practice, is the only office in Northern Nevada currently performing in-house balloon sinus surgery. The surgery reopens blocked nasal passages, relieving the patient from sinus pressure and pain.

There are a variety of methods that can be used to determine candidacy for balloon sinuplasty. Some of these methods include visual inspection, nasal endoscopy, CT scans and nasal/sinus cultures. Dr. Hudson recommends patients who believe they may be suffering from sinusitis to make an appointment with a board-certified otolaryngologist to see if balloon sinuplasty is the appropriate solution.

About Stacey Hudson, MD
Dr. Stacey Hudson is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Afterward, he completed his internship and residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). Dr. Hudson is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.

Welcome to Advanced Otolaryngology Associates’ New Website!

Dr. Stacy Hudson and the entire team at Advanced Otolaryngology Associates would like to welcome you to our new website. This virtual doorway into our practice has been created to provide you with important information about the ENT services and treatments we offer. You will also find information on our philosophy of care and the many methods we employ to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

In the future, Dr. Hudson will be using this blog to post news and information related to the field of otolaryngology.

If you have any feedback on how we may improve the site, or questions regarding our services, please contact us today.