Could thyroid surgery improve your health? Here at Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, your ear, nose and throat doctors, Drs. Jesse Tan, Jesus Tan, and Rose Eapen, can determine if you need the surgery during a routine examination.
Do you need thyroid surgery?
Your thyroid plays a very important role in your health. Hormones produced by the gland help control metabolism, heart rate, breathing, temperature, cholesterol level, and the menstrual cycle in women. Over or underproduction of the hormones can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms including fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, difficulty concentrating, irregular heartbeat, sensitivity to cold, weight loss, or weight gain.
Although thyroid disease and conditions can often be treated with medication, surgery to remove growths or all or part of your thyroid gland may be needed in some cases. You might need surgery if:
- You have cysts or nodules on your thyroid.
- You've been diagnosed with cancer or your ear, nose and throat doctor suspects that you have cancer.
- Medications don't control your hyperthyroidism symptoms effectively.
- You have a goiter (enlarged thyroid) that makes breathing or swallowing difficult.
- You can't use thyroid medications.
- Your nodule or goiter is causing your thyroid to overproduce hormones.
Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may need to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life to keep your hormones balanced. Medication is usually needed if your entire thyroid gland is removed. If only part of the gland is removed, you may or may not need to take medication.
Surgery usually takes about two hours or a little longer at our Long Beach office. Some thyroid patients return home a few hours after surgery while others stay the night in the hospital. You may notice that your throat feels a little sore after your procedure or that your voice sounds a little hoarse. These issues will improve in the days following surgery.
In most cases, you can resume your normal activities once you're home. It's best to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity or exercise for the first week or two after surgery.
Concerned? Give us a call
Protect your thyroid health with regular visits to your ear, nose and throat doctors in Long Beach, CA. Call Drs. Jesse and Jesus Tan and Dr. Eapen at (562) 988-8818 to schedule your appointment.
Wondering if your nightly snoring sessions could be due to a sleep disorder?
Obstructive sleep apnea is more common then you might think, and if you or a loved one snores most nights, this could be a warning sign of the condition. Here at Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, our otolaryngologists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea so that everyone in your family can enjoy a silent, uninterrupted night of sleep. Here’s what you should know about sleep apnea:
What is sleep apnea exactly?
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder that results in shallow breathing or pauses in breathing throughout the night. While there are many different forms of sleep apnea, the most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the muscles in the back of the throat relax so much that they collapse and block the airways.
What are the symptoms and warning signs of sleep apnea?
The most obvious warning sign of sleep apnea is loud, chronic snoring. Even if snoring isn’t caused by sleep apnea, it can still be disruptive and costly to a person’s quality of sleep. Other signs of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Restless sleep
- Mental fog, mood changes, and problems with concentration
- Extreme daytime exhaustion
What are the risks of untreated obstructive sleep apnea?
If you even suspect that you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to be evaluated by an ENT doctor. Why? Ignoring your sleep apnea could have detrimental and long-term effects. For instance, those with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to deal with:
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
How can an ear, nose & throat doctor help?
The first thing that our team of Long Beach, CA, ENT doctors will do is determine whether or not your symptoms are due to sleep apnea, or if there is another problem present. If your snoring is affecting both you and your partner’s relationship or if you are waking up exhausted and in a mental fog most days, then you should make an appointment today.
Here at our office, we offer a variety of both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options geared to helping those with varying degrees of sleep apnea. Most people turn to CPAP therapy, a special machine that pumps pressurized air through the nose and mouth to keep airways open while asleep.
Of course, this isn’t the only option. Some patients may choose to receive oral appliance therapy or turn to surgery. This is something that we will be happy to discuss during your appointment.
Concerned? Give us a call
Not getting the quality sleep you deserve every night? If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, call Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA, today at (562) 988-8818 to schedule a sleep evaluation.
Could hearing loss be responsible for some of your recent communication issues? While you might not be aware of it, hearing loss signs are often subtle at first and easy to overlook. Fortunately, your Long Beach, CA, ear, nose and throat doctors, Drs. Jesse Tan, Jesus Tan, and Rose Eapen, diagnose and treat hearing loss here at Tan Head and Neck Center.
Hearing loss signs and symptoms
One or more of these signs or symptoms may occur if you have a hearing problem:
- Difficulty with Conversations: Is it hard to carry on a conversation with friends and family members because you can't hear some words or even complete sentences? If you often have trouble following conversations, hearing loss may be to blame.
- Misunderstandings: When you can't hear every word, you're much more likely to miss key parts of conversations with your supervisor, clients, spouse, or family members. It's only human nature to try to fill in the blanks when you miss a few words, but unfortunately, you may make an incorrect guess and bring your partner a gallon of milk when he was expecting you to pick up a pizza.
- Trouble Hearing When You Can't See the Other Person: If you have hearing loss, you might be relying on lip-reading to help you fill in the blanks. Conversations may be hard to understand if you're speaking to someone on the phone or in another room.
- Volume Issues: Do you regularly experience arguments about the ideal volume for the TV or radio? If everyone else prefers a lower sound level, you might be suffering from hearing loss. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to hear well even if the volume is high. Hearing loss may make it difficult to separate dialogue from the background music whether you're watching a TV show at home or catching the latest thriller at the movie theater.
How your Long Beach ENT can help you
A visit to your ear, nose and throat doctor is a must if you've been experiencing hearing loss signs and symptoms. Your doctor will determine the cause of your problem and recommend treatments or devices that may help. If the loss is caused by loss of hair cells in the ear, a common age-related cause of hearing loss, a hearing aid may be helpful.
Contact our Long Beach office today!
Do you have any of these hearing loss symptoms? If so, dial (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctors, Drs. Jesse Tan, Jesus Tan, and Rose Eapen.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who can’t get quality sleep due to sleep apnea it’s important that you get the treatment you need to not only provide you with the benefits of a good night’s rest but also to reduce your risk for certain health problems including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Here in Long Beach, CA, our otolaryngologist Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan offer a unique and state-of-the-art surgical technique that could greatly improve your sleep apnea by targeting the cause.
What is TransOral Robotic Surgery?
TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) is a safe and effective procedure used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In many patients with OSA, the base of their tongue can roll backwards, blocking the throat while the person is asleep and obstructing the airways. This procedure will remove a portion of the tongue’s base to prevent airway obstructions and reduce symptoms.
The use of robotic technology offers unique benefits over traditional surgeries including more precision and accuracy, fewer post-surgical side effects (e.g. bleeding) and an extremely sterile treatment option that reduces your risk for infection. The precise robotic technology also means that our ENT doctor can remove the obstructive tissue from the base of the tongue without having to make external incisions.
Who should consider TransOral Robotic Surgery?
Anyone dealing with obstructive sleep apnea could benefit from this procedure. If non-surgical treatment options such as CPAP therapy have failed to provide you with relief from your symptoms then it’s time to talk or our Long Beach, CA. This procedure is also an effective option for obese patients who are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea but have failed to manage their symptoms with more conventional treatment options.
Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan are the only surgeons in the Greater Long Beach area who has received the proper training to perform this highly specialized robotic procedure, and one of only a handful of doctors across the country that perform this specialized surgery. They've helped countless patients dealing with sleep apnea finally achieve the relief they’ve been looking for to get a better night’s sleep. Find out if TORS is right for you. Call Tan Head and Neck Center today.
Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, the two fleshy pads of tissue at the back of your throat. Most often caused by a viral infection, tonsilitis is a painful condition that can negatively affect your abilities to eat and speak well. Fortunately, here at Tan Head and Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, our ENT physicians, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, offer treatment to those suffering from tonsilitis. Here are 5 signs that you may need their help!
1. Inflammation: Inflammation of the tonsils is the most common symptom of tonsilitis. The swelling will be obvious, due to both a visible throat engorgement and an impaired ability to swallow. Other glands in the lymph nodes, neck, and under the chin may also become swollen.
2. Throat Pain: Throat pain from skin irritation and swelling is another common symptom of tonsilitis. If you have the condition, every swallow can cause burning pain and difficulty breathing. Professional treatment is the only real way to relieve the throat pain.
3. Blisters on Throat: If you have tonsilitis, blisters can also appear on your throat and tonsils. Known as peritonsillar abscesses, these blisters differ from blemishes or spots, as they seem more substantial and are filled with pus. These blisters can make it difficult to both open the mouth fully and swallow correctly. When these blisters are left untreated, they can cause further complications.
4. Painful Earaches: The pain from tonsillitis can spread to the ears and cause painful earaches. The nerves that meet at the back of the throat cause this pain. When the throat ears are affected, it can make for one uncomfortable experience.
5. White Coating: A person with tonsilitis may have a yellow, gray, or white coating on the tonsils. This coating is a sure sign of infection, and you should contact an ENT doctor as soon as you can for proper treatment.
Give us a call
Tonsilitis can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Don't delay—call Tan Head and Neck Clinic at (562) 988-8818 today to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT doctors in Beach, CA.
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