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.

When a Cold isn’t Just a Cold – Sinusitis Symptoms & Risks

If the sinus congestion just won't go away or is accompanied by pain or pressure in the face, you may have sinusitis.

If the sinus congestion just won’t go away or is accompanied by pain or pressure in the face, you may have sinusitis.

The 2014-2015 cold and flu season is well underway. So, no one’s surprised to experience watery eyes, a stuffy nose and sneezing. Chalk it up the common cold, manage your symptoms and let the virus run its course. But if you’re still waiting for relief after about 10 days, that’s a sign that your common cold has led to something more serious – sinusitis.

Sinuses essentially are air spaces in your head that are connected to your nose and lined with mucous membranes and tiny hair-like structures called cilia, which help to move mucus across the sinus membranes and toward the nearest exit. Most people have four sets of nasal sinuses located in the forehead above the eyes; inside the cheekbones; behind the bridge of the nose; and behind the nose, just beneath the brain. But everyone’s sinuses are as different as a set of fingerprints.

In any case, sinusitis happens when an infection or allergy makes the tissues inside your sinuses inflamed, red and swollen. Symptoms include stuffy nose; nasal discharge; cough; sore throat; fever; headache and pain or pressure in the face or teeth, especially when bending forward; and a decreased sense of smell or taste. Like colds, sinusitis cases typically resolve themselves within a few weeks. But there are signs that should prompt a visit to the doctor’s office.

  • Nasal discharge that’s green or yellow in color: This can be a sign of a bacterial infection.
  • Sinusitis symptoms that last more than a few months: When symptoms persist past the three-month mark, you have chronic sinusitis. This may indicate more serious underlying causes including allergies, polyps, immune deficiencies or dental diseases.
  • Nasal polyps: When sinuses remain inflamed for extended periods of time, the membranes may thicken and swell, creating grape-like masses called polyps. These polyps can swell large enough to block the nasal airway, making it difficult or even impossible to breathe through your nose. While many can be treated with medication, some nasal polyps will require surgery.

If you have persistent symptoms of sinusitis, it’s critical that you get medical treatment. That’s because your sinuses and your brain are separated by only a thin layer of bone. If a sinus infection makes its way through the bone, it can infect the lining of your brain, causing meningitis, or even infect the brain itself – two potentially life-threatening issues. Infections also can make their way into your eye sockets threatening permanent blindness. Call 904-461-6060 to schedule an appointment with a specialist at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat.

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!

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO to Deliver Two Lectures at OMED

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO to Deliver Two Lectures at OMEDSt. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is so proud to announce that our own Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO will be in attendance at this year’s Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) to deliver two lectures to attendees!

The OMED is an annual conference held in a different major city each year, organized to bring together ostheopathic physicians, medical staff, researchers and academics for five days of presentations, speaker panels, and commercial exhibition by medical industry providers.

OMED is organized by the American Osteopathic Association.

This year, OMED will be held in San Diego, California from Sunday, October 7th through Thursday, October 11th, 2012. You can check out a digital version of the conference brochure here!

Dr. DePasquale as a speaker

Our very own Dr. DePasquale will be delivering two separate lectures to conference attendees. The first is titled Allergic Rhinitis: The Otolaryngologist’s Perspective; the other is titled Chronic Sinusitis: The Evolution of Sinus Surgery.

Allergic rhinitis is the physical reaction from external influences, like the act of breathing dust, pollen, and other allergens, that aggravate your sinus activities. It’s more commonly known as hay fever, and is mostly active around this type of year (fall).

It’s a common and easily treatable problem that affects people of all backgrounds and ages. Allergic rhinitis is also easily treatable, so if you’re experiencing some of the symptoms like problems with smelling, chronic sneezing and tearing of the eyes, or itchy, stuffy, or a runny nose, you’re encouraged to contact us to set up an appointment in St. Augustine to get checked out.

You can check out an article we wrote on hay fever last year here.

Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, is similar to allergic rhinitis but it’s a little more serious. The symptoms can also create more discomfort, and persist for longer periods of time.

This condition is characterized by an interference with the nasal cavities “drainage” system – in other words, chronic obstruction of the naval and sinus cavities – whether it be by infection, pre-existing growth traits like a deviated septum, or by swollen or inflames nasal cavities.

Symptoms that are commonly reported by those suffering from chronic sinusitis include persistent, unpleasant discharge from the nose or throat; pain and inflammation around the patient’s face; aching, coughing, or loss of smell and taste.

About OMED

OMED offers a platform for leading physicians from around America to gather and lend their expertise with colleagues, medical students, and representatives from the public and private business and medical community.

The expo is also renowned hosting philanthropic and cause-driven activities during the week to benefit the host city in which it’s held. Activities this year include a 5k walk and run and a gold tournament, sponsoring the Collegiate Challenge, during which medical school students compete bragging rights and a trophy to commemorate the game.

We’re so excited that Dr. DePasquale will be speaking at the conference! We wish her safe travels and a wonderful week!

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In-Office Sinus Relief from a Leading Expert!

FREE balloon sinuplasty evaluation download

Download a FREE balloon sinuplasty evaluation checklist by clicking here!

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.

A Segment on Dr. Oz Features the Risks of a Deviated Septum

Do you or someone you know suffer from a deviated septum? A patient is diagnosed with a deviated septum when the cartilage that separates the nostrils is crooked or skewed to one side, leading to a cluster of health problems.

A deviated septum is common among many Americans and can lead to minor but annoying complications like sinus issues, recurring headaches, and even sleep apnea, a disorder that is characterized by brief interruptions in the regular breathing pattern during sleep. Of the symptoms and complications, the latter is probably the most severe threat to your health because on rare occasions it can result in weakened heart conditions and death.

While death as an indirect result of a deviated symptom is probably very rare and uncommon, intense headaches and sinus issues are direct issues relating to the condition. Dr. Oz, the popular cardiothoracic surgeon with his own daytime TV talk show, on April 20th, 2011 featured a segment that focused specifically on the condition of a deviated septum.

After revealing that a deviated septum is the number of one reason adults experience breathing issues and discomfort, the doctor used a micro-camera to plunge into the depths of a studio audience member’s nose to demonstrate the visual diagnosis of the condition, and how it can block off the central breathing passageways. Sometimes a deviated septum is severely crooked and skewed; sometimes it is only a slight curve.

Typically, people are born with the condition. But your septum, the middle divider running the length of your nose, can sometimes become skewed after a patient experiences a broken nose from engaging in activities that raise the risk of facial injuries, like physical contact sports.

If you suspect you may be experiencing headaches, sinus infections, facial pain, nosebleeds, or sleep apnea as the result your deviated septum, you can visit an ear, nose, and throat doctor to receive a diagnosis and treatment options. Those options include surgery called septoplasty for the more severe and threatening cases, or may just include simple medications to help reduce the swelling of the septum and clear the blockage.

If you’re in the St. Augustine area, why not contact Dr. Depasquale of St. Augustine Ear, Nose, & Throat? Dr. Kalpana DePasquale is a board-certified ENT specialist who is trained to diagnose the full spectrum of nasal and sinus disorders.