Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to Host Outreach Program on Sinus Conditions, Treatments

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In support of National Sinus Pain Awareness Month, St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will host an outreach program designed to educate patients about treatment options in otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care. Slated for March 31, 6pm in Flagler Hospital’s Osceola Conference Room, this interactive program details all the latest innovations in treating chronic sinusitis for those with sinus disease, allergies, and related illnesses.

Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that sinus problems are are among the leading causes for children and adults to stay home from school or work. Consider these statistics:

  • Upward of 28.5 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with sinusitis each year – a figure that represents nearly 13 percent of the nation’s adult population.
  • Some 11.7 million visits to physician’s offices result in a primary diagnosis of chronic sinusitis each year.
    In 2012, 17.6 million US adults (7.5 percent) and 6.6 million children (9 percent) were diagnosed with hay fever.
  • That same year 7.8 million children (10.6 percent) suffered respiratory allergies.
  • Worldwide, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are currently approaching 50 percent.

Dr. DePasquale specializes in technologically-advanced procedures for treating sinusitis and related conditions, including Balloon Sinuplasty™, a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure that accomplishes the same results as traditional surgery without requiring an incision; and PROPEL®, a dissolvable, spring-like steroid-releasing implant designed to prop open the sinuses after surgery. She is a sought-after speaker on a myriad of ear, nose and throat issues, plus skin care topics. She speaks on behalf of multiple medical device manufacturers, is an expert for the American Osteopathic Association and serves as a faculty member at The Sinus Forum, a series of conference-style events featuring otolaryngologists from across the nation.

This free-of-charge event is open to the public and includes light refreshments. Flagler Hospital is located at 400 Health Park Blvd.in St. Augustine. Find out more at www.saent.net or by calling 904-461-6060.

SAENT Founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to Lecture on Treating Chronic Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Oct. 15

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will lecture on treating chronic sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty October 15 in St. Augustine, FL.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will lecture on treating chronic sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty October 15 in St. Augustine, FL.

Are you a patient who suffers from chronic sinusitis, or a caregiver who treats someone with the ailment? You’ll want to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 15 when Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, will share information on treating the condition with Balloon Sinuplasty™.

Dr. DePasquale will host an outreach program and interactive lecture to educate patients and the community about professional otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care, and her specialization in Balloon Sinuplasty™. The minimally-invasive procedure involves inserting a small tube into the nasal cavity to find a blockage, then inserting and inflating a smaller catheter to open the passageway. The endoscopic procedure accomplishes the same results as traditional surgery without requiring an incision.

Patients with chronic sinusitis “can suffer from reduced quality of life and reduced productivity and they may also experience pain and discomfort in and around the face due to narrow, inflamed, or swollen nasal passages,” said Dr. DePasquale. “A myriad of treatments are available to treat the malady, but Balloon Sinuplasty can save our patients time, money and relief from pain due to surgery.”

Dr. DePasquale is one of the leading physicians in northeast Florida who performs the specialized Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure and serves as a faculty member annually at The Sinus Forum, a conference-style event that brings together otolaryngologists from across the nation.

The event begins at 6 pm and will be held in the Osceola Conference Room at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. in St. Augustine. The talk is free and open to the public, and attendees will enjoy light refreshments. For more information, call 904.461.6060, or visit our websites at www.avantimedspa.net and www.saent.net.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale Lectures on Treating Chronic Sinusitis

In keeping with her commitment to outreach within the professional otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat care) community, Dr. Kalpana DePasquale of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat presented an in-depth lecture to medical professionals from similar disciplines and fields on the latest emerging advancements in treating chronic sinusitis, one of the doctor’s closest areas of expertise.

To an audience that included other ear, nose, and throat doctors and physicians, including allergists and pulmonologists, all hailing from leading North Florida institutions, family and private practice, and other diverse backgrounds, Dr. Kalpana laid out how SAENT is treating her patients suffering from advanced or unique cases of sinusitis.

Balloon Sinulplasty™ – simple, effective, and leading the way for sinusitis treatment

Held at the Duval Hotel in Tallahassee, Florida two Thursdays ago on October 11th, 2012, Dr. DePasquale presented how she utilizes a small, simple but extremely effective product and procedure called Balloon Sinulplasty. The engagement was sponsored by Acclarent, the company that produces and markets the products.

Balloon Sinulplasty is simple: patients that suffer from chronic sinusitis, a common medical ailment in which an individual experiences pain and discomfort due to narrow, inflamed, or swollen nasal passages in and around the face, have a handful of treatment options to choose from. Dr. DePasquale explained that her office favors Acclarent’s system.

One of the biggest reasons is that Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that doesn’t require painful or debilitating surgery. Instead, it focuses on leveraging endoscopic technology – that is, tiny yet durable tools and equipment designed to do the same job as traditional surgery, but without the requirements of incision.

Essentially, an extremely small tube is inserted into and guided along the nasal cavity until the source of the blockage is discovered. From there, an even smaller catheter glides along the walls of the cavity without disruption, which when properly placed, inflates to open the passageway. The new opening will be durable and long-lasting.

The bottom line, Dr. DePasquale explained to the doctors in the room, was that Balloon Sinuplasty can save patients time, money, and well-being.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale regularly speaks at many medical and otolaryngologist conferences throughout the year, appearing alongside other leading practitioners on panelist discussions, and lending her expertise to ear, nose, and throat medical professionals and associations across the U.S. each year.

You can request Dr. DePasquale to speak at your next event or conference. Simply call (904) 461-6060 and mention that you read this article!

In-Office Sinus Relief from a Leading Expert!

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Are you bothered by blocked sinuses that contribute to chronic sinusitis and breathing difficulties? Dr. DePasquale’s expertise includes both nonsurgical and surgical solutions for nasal and sinus difficulties.

Dr. DePasquale recommends conservative, nonsurgical treatments whenever possible, including antibiotics, nasal sprays, and lifestyle modifications. If non-surgical methods fail to provide symptom relief, surgery may be necessary.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat in Florida performs balloon sinuplasty to help open blocked sinus passages and restore function. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses no incisions and has a short recovery time.

Now, St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat offers a FREE balloon sinuplasty evaluation form, a PDF checklist that you can download and print from our website, that will help you understand if this procedure is right for you by use of an easy survey we’ve developed.

Dr. DePasquale was the first and only physician involved in bringing this new technology to Saint Augustine in 2007. She has performed hundreds of successful surgeries. Dr. DePasquale is an International Master Trainer for Acclarent and involved in educating and training fellow otolaryngologists on how to use this revolutionary technology.

Balloon Sinuplasty in Office!

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. DePasquale performs to open blocked sinus passages for patients with chronic sinusitis. Dr. DePasquale carefully performs the procedure through a nostril. During the balloon sinusplasty procedure, she inserts a thin catheter followed by a balloon to open and widen the wall of the sinus passageway, allowing sinus fluids to drain.

Until now, minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty had to be performed in the operating room. Dr. DePasquale is the first and only Doctor in St. Augustine, Florida to offer this procedure in office. It’s so easy, in fact, most people return to work or their normal activities within 24 hours.

For more information on balloon sinuplasty in St. Augustine, Florida or to schedule your personal appointment, call St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat today at (904) 461-6060 or visit our website to review real patient testimonials.

3 Most Frequently Asked Questions by Patients About Balloon Sinuplasty

Did you know that up to 37 million people each year suffer from sinusitis, making the condition more prevalent than heart disease and asthma? Sinusitis can be characterized by facial pain or pressure, difficulty of breathing through the nose, and headaches. It’s triggered by the swelling of sinus walls that line a patient’s cheek bones, forehead, and upper face.

In many typical sinusitis cases, anti-biotics and/or steroids are prescribed to help reduce swelling and re-open the sinus pathways. However, at least 20% of patients don’t respond to medication as chronic sinusitis is becoming more common, the treatment of which involves some form of surgery.

While traditional sinusitis surgery uses needles to remove facial bone and tissue, medical device technology has advanced to incorporate minimally-invasive procedures that offer patients a more comfortable, effective option. It’s called Balloon Sinuplasty, and it’s a simple process that gently restructures and expands the sinus passageways permanently.

Here are 3 of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Balloon Sinulplasty procedure asked by our patients in the St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat office. (When you’re finished with our blog, check out our educational video on Balloon Sinuplasty as well.)

How does it work?
The Balloon Sinuplasty system is made of up an inner-connected collection of FDA-cleared catheter devices. These devices use tiny, minimally-invasive rods and balloons that are inserted into the naval cavities and are designed to reach the inflamed passageways that are causing the sinusitis. Over the course of the surgery (typical procedures last around 1 hour), the balloons are systematically inflated to gently reduce blockage and restoring the opening.

How do passageways stay open?
When gradually inflated, the balloons softly move the surrounding bones and tissue that encompass the blocked sinus passageway outward, re-opening the cavity without the need to remove or destroy facial bones and tissue.

What qualifies a physician to perform the Balloon Sinuplasty?
Otolaryngologists, or in other words physicians who specialize in ear, nose, and throat disorders, must be trained and educated prior to performing or offering Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in their practice. The devices are manufactured by Acclarent, Inc, a developer of innovation ENT solutions for patients and physicians.

Physicians must all be educated on the inclusive Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty program that covers all of Acclarent’s medical balloon device technology.

In addition, ENT physicians who are interested in incorporating the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure in their practice will also need to apply and register with the company’s Evolve Professional Education Program, a comprehensive training and educational series conducted at medical centers all over the country.

Each course consists of didactic presentations, filmed case studies, hands-on training, and surgical observation. The course is taught by Master Trainers, ENT physicians who are highly trained and experienced with the devices and the procedure.

Dr. Kalpana Depasquale of St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat has been a certified Master Trainer for the Evolve program designed and accredited by Acclarent for their Balloon Sinuplasty devices since January of 2011. She is involved in training and educating fellow Otolaryngologists on how to use this revolutionary technology. Learn more about Dr. DePasquale and her practice here.

Sources: Acclarent, Inc., Webmd.com, and St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat.
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