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Patient Testimonial: Joni – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) & Facial Paralysis

Patient Testimonial: Joni – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) & Facial Paralysis (Watch video)  Patient Joni was on a simple bike ride with her family when she felt something on the right side of her neck. On the bike ride she experienced dizziness and uncomfort. She was immediately shouted to her family and was instantly taken to the hospital where she spent 20 days in the ICU. Later diagnosed with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) which is a bulging blood vessel that bursts in …

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Patient Testimonial: Brandon – Cochlear Implant

Patient Testimonial: Brandon – Cochlear Implant Brandon was the first patient to receive a cochlear implant at Saint John’s Health Center. Brandon was diagnosed with otosclerosis in his late 20s. Otosclerosis is a condition in which there is an abnormal growth inside the ear. Otosclerosis is a hereditary disease that can be passed down to generations. In his late 30s, there was a stapedectomy performed on each ear. About a year later, another stapedectomy was performed. Then after, he was diagnosed …

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Patient Testimonial: Deeanna – Facial Paralysis

Patient Testimonial: Deeanna –Facial Paralysis (Watch video) Patient Deeanna now 29 years old, was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma at the age of 26. She was scheduled for surgery to have her tumor removed and was told there was about a 13% chance of Facial Paralysis. After foregoing with surgery, she was told that during her surgery, they noticed her tumor had been wrapped around her facial nerve and irritated it. After undergoing surgery, the tumor removal caused facial paralysis. …

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“What to know about rhinoplasty”

Republished from Medical News Daily Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that involves reconstructing the nose to change its shape. A person can opt for a rhinoplasty to improve breathing function or for cosmetic purposes.  Plastic surgeons or an otolaryngologist, which is an ear, nose, and throat surgeon, can perform rhinoplasty procedures if they have the necessary training and experience.  This article provides an overview of rhinoplasty, including the cost, procedure, and tips for choosing a plastic surgeon. It …

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Walk4Hearing

Walk4Hearing is a nationwide event bringing awareness to hearing loss and the importance of hearing health. On Sunday, June 5th physicians, caregivers, and families joined together to Walk4Hearing in Long Beach, CA.    Dr. Voelker was walking at the Walk4Hearing and met with many of her previous cochlear implant patients. It was such a joy to see her patients and their progress with hearing loss and hearing health.   Hearing health has no age range. There are infants and older folk …

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National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month to raise public knowledge and awareness for patients. For most migraine and headache patients it is an endless battle against this disease. Those who suffer from migraine and headaches can frequently be misunderstood as this may seem as an invisible disease.  What are migraines?   Migraines are chronic and often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. They often cause throbbing, pulsing, and intensity in one particular area on the …

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“2022 Ear, Nose, and Throat Updates and Pearls for PCPs” – CME Highlights

Dr. David Butler on the CME stage.  Our CME, “2022 Ear, Nose, and Throat Updates and Pearls for PCPs” on May 14th was a success. The sessions were designed to provide primary care physicians with insight on the management of common ear, nose, and throat concerns. Participants were able to identify and treat effects of COVID-19 related to the head and neck, list innovative ways to treat various forms of hearing loss, understand techniques on how to improve the nasal …

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Is my sinus infection really a sinus infection?

By: Abbas A. Anwar , MD  Is my sinus infection really a sinus infection? Many medical specialists now believe that acute sinusitis as a cause of recurrent headaches is a relatively rare phenomenon. What if I told you that a self-diagnosing patient and a well-intentioned treating physician would be wrong 80% of the time in treating acute sinusitis based on the standard complaints of acute nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge, eye discharge, periorbital pressure and headache. These symptoms sound classic …

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Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma

Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma  Cristobal from Ventura, California was diagnosed with Cholesteatoma. Cholesteatoma is a skin cyst that begins at the margin of the eardrum and invades the middle ear and mastoid (arrow). This is an infection that deteriorates the ear drum which results in a decreased hearing loss. Cristobal thought he would never recover his hearing. Symptoms have occurred and grown since he was about 4-years old. He experienced consistent ear pain and bleeding. Cristobal found it difficult …

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Patient Testimonial: Ronnie – Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy

  Patient Testimonial: Ronnie -Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy Ronnie had been experiencing multiple ear infections and eczema in the ear for several years. Ronnie had always felt there was cotton stuck in his ear. His ear infections, pain, and swelling continued to reoccur. After multiple visits to the emergency room, urgent care, and other ENT offices no one was able to diagnose Ronnie. Ronnie knew there was something wrong with his reoccurring ear infections and says, “I pretty much kind of …

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