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By Tan Head & Neck Clinic
September 18, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: sleep apnea  

Do your spouse or children complain that you snore? More than just an occasional whistling vibration, chronically loud snoring disturbs sleep apneainterpersonal relationships. Beyond that, snorers could be suffering from a dangerous condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. For diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, patients in Long Beach, CA turn to the Tan Head & Neck Clinic. Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan are highly experienced and credentialed otolaryngologists who make it their business to control sleep apnea so people sleep well and enjoy good health.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the airway while the individual sleeps. What results is loud snoring, oxygen deprivation and multiple episodes of waking as the person literally gasps for air. Periods of apnea, or breathing cessation, last 10 seconds or more and occur multiple times a night.

The most common type of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, and less frequent is Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, which is really a neurological problem. With CSA, the brain does not communicate properly with the respiratory system, and apnea occurs. Additionally, some individuals have features of OSA and CSA combined, a problem called Mixed Sleep Apnea.

Treatments for sleep apnea in Long Beach

The National Sleep Foundation says that 18 million adults in the United States struggle with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. These statistics concern the professional staff at Tan Head & Neck Clinic, and they offer specialized interventions and surgeries as needed to combat the problem. Common treatments include:

  • CPAP machines A continuous positive airway pressure apparatus delivers a steady stream of air through a facial mask to the individual as he or she sleeps. This keeps the airway open and relieves the snoring and breathing cessation of sleep apnea.
  • Oral appliance therapy A custom-made acrylic appliance worn at night places the lower jaw forward so the airway stays open.

Surgeries such as thermal ablation of excess soft tissue (by cautery, laser or other methods) and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which reduces tissue size in the nose, tongue and soft palate, help with sleep apnea. In addition, a revolutionary procedure using a surgical robot can also be performed to remove a portion of the base of tongue, significantly improving the airway and patients' sleep apnea. Dr. Tan is the only surgeon in the greater Long Beach area who is trained to do this highly specialized robotic procedure, and he has helped many people overcome their sleep apnea with this operation.

Simple common sense strategies help, too. The doctors encourage patients to:

  • Lose weight if obesity is a problem
  • Sleep on their sides rather than on their backs
  • Avoid food and alcohol before bedtime
  • Elevate the head of the bed to alleviate pressure on the neck

Do something about snoring

Don't ignore it. Systemic health problems such as diabetes and stroke are linked to sleep apnea. If you snore, contact Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA for a consultation. You and your loved ones will sleep better, and you'll enjoy better overall health. Call (562) 988-8818 today.

By Tan Head & Neck Clinic
July 12, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sore Throat  

Dealing with an annoying sore throat? Find out why this might be happening to you.Sore Throat

What a literal pain it is to wake up with a sore throat. This is one symptom that most will probably agree is pretty miserable. Luckily, this symptom is usually fleeting. Of course, if you are currently in the throes of a sore throat you may be wondering what could be causing it and what you can do to ease your symptoms. Our Long Beach, CA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Clinic, are here to help.

What could be bringing about my sore throat?

There is a pretty extensive list of problems that could be causing you to deal with a sore throat. In many cases, a virus is to blame. These viruses can range of the simple common cold to measles or mononucleosis. It’s less likely that a bacterial infection could bring about your sore throat but it’s not impossible. In fact, the most common type of bacterial infection that causes sore throats is strep.

Allergies and environmental pollutants could also be irritating your throat and causing pain and discomfort. Perhaps you suffer from nasty pollen or mold allergy attacks. This could easily cause a lingering or long-term sore throat. In some situations, those with gastrointestinal issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find that they deal with a persistent sore throat accompanied by heartburn.

We are more susceptible to sore throats when our immunity is lower, as our bodies are not as efficient at being able to fight infections when they attack. If you are under a lot of stress, if you are undergoing chemotherapy or if you aren’t getting enough sleep then you may be more prone to sore throats.

When should you see a doctor?

If you are dealing with a sore throat and any of these symptoms below then it’s certainly time to make a trip to see our Long Beach ENT doctor as soon as possible:

  • Earache
  • Fever over 101 degrees F
  • Problems swallowing
  • Blood in the saliva
  • A lump-in-the-throat sensation
  • Hoarseness
  • Joint pain
  • Severe pain
  • Sore throat lasting more than one week

Don’t let a persistent sore throat get the better of you. Call Tan Head & Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA, today to find out how we can help you.

By Tan Head & Neck Clinic
May 24, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Vocal Cord Nodules   Polyps   Cysts  

While vocal cord lesions may seem like they would only occur in those who use their voices frequently, such as singers, anyone can get vocal cord nodules, polyps, cystthem. Learning how to identify these issues can help your ear, nose and throat doctor diagnose them at their earliest stages, while they are most treatable. Find out more about vocal cord lesions like nodules, polyps and cysts with Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA.

What are vocal cord nodules, polyps and cysts? 
A vocal cord nodule is similar to a callus, often occurring due to overuse on the vocal cord of those who use their voices for singing. Nodules normally disappear on their own with vocal rest. Polyps come in all shapes and sizes and are often found on only one side of the vocal cord. A vocal cord cyst can occur on the surface of or deeper within the vocal cord and vary in size and location. A cyst usually requires surgery and vocal therapy to treat.

Do I have nodules, polyps, and cysts? 
If you suffer from vocal cord lesions, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • gravely or scratchy voice
  • vocal fatigue
  • lost voice
  • breaking voice
  • low pitch to the voice
  • airy pitch to the voice
  • hoarseness

If you suffer from a vocal cord lesion, you may notice that your symptoms get better or worse over time. They will not, however, go away on their own. If your symptoms last for a longer period of time, you should consult with your ear, nose and throat doctor.

Vocal Cord Lesion Treatments in Long Beach, CA 
Treatments for these conditions will vary depending on the type of lesion you have. Most commonly, your doctor will begin by suggesting vocal rest or vocal therapy. If these treatment options fail, your doctor may suggest more invasive methods like surgery to remove or repair the lesion. Your ear, nose and throat doctor can help you determine which treatment is best for your condition.

For more information on vocal cord lesions or their treatments, please contact Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan at Tan Head and Neck Clinic in Long Beach, CA. Call (562) 988-8818 to schedule your consultation with your ear, nose and throat doctor today!

By Tan Head & Neck Clinic
March 20, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: head surgery   neck surgery  

Your Long Beach, CA, ENTs, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan of the Tan Head and Neck Clinic explain when head and neck surgery is head surgery, neck surgeryrecommended.

What is head and neck surgery?

Head and neck surgery is used to remove tumors the develop in the head or neck, including those that affect the:

  • Thyroid gland
  • Parathyroid gland
  • Tongue
  • Salivary glands
  • Ear or eye
  • Parotid gland
  • Larynx
  • Submandibular gland

Not all tumors are cancerous. If you do have cancer, you may need chemotherapy or radiation treatment in addition to surgery.

What signs and symptoms occur with tumors?

If you have a head or neck tumor, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:

  • A lump you can see or feel
  • Trouble swallowing or breathing
  • Chronic cough or hoarseness
  • Pain in the head, neck or throat
  • Saliva tinged with blood
  • Sores that don't heal on your neck or head
  • An ulcer in your mouth that never seems to heal

What other types of surgery do ear, nose and throat doctors offer?

ENTs also use surgery to treat other conditions and diseases that affect the head. If you have frequent sinus infections or your infection lasts more than six weeks, you may benefit from minimally invasive sinus surgery. During the surgery, your ENT removes tissue that blocks your sinuses. Surgery is also used to remove obstructions that can make breathing difficult, such as cysts, polyps and is also a good solution if your problems are caused by a deviated septum.

If you experience frequent bouts of tonsillitis, your Long Beach ENTs may recommend a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy during a visit to their office. Does your child suffer from frequent ear infections? Ear tubes may reduce the infections by allowing fluid to flow from the ears freely. The tubes are put in place during a minor surgical procedure. If an ear infection is severe, the ear drum can perforate. Although ear drums heal on their own in most cases, sometimes surgery is needed to repair the tissue.

Are you concerned about a lump or frequent sinus infections? Surgery may ease your symptoms. Call your Long Beach, CA ENTs, Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan, at (562) 988-8818 to schedule an appointment.

By Tan Head & Neck Clinic
February 16, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Thyroid Problems  

People living in Long Beach, CA with thyroid problems looking for information regarding thyroid disorders and surgical treatment should thyroid healthconsider making an appointment with Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan of the Tan Head and Neck Clinic.

Why would I need thyroid surgery?

First, thyroid issues are fairly common and like anything, some situations are more serious than others. For example, if you have major swelling in your neck or have difficulty breathing or swallowing, it may be indicative of a serious problem. Chances are you will be checked for growths, cysts or tumors. If found, a biopsy may be necessary, and if that biopsy indicates a problem such as a malignancy, your Long Beach ENT will likely recommend surgery.

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, thyroid surgery usually entails first removing the section, or lobe, of the thyroid where the growth has been found. Usually, a surgeon will take what is known as a frozen section, basically a microscope slide tissue sample, for further analysis. Based on the findings of that frozen sample, the surgeon will decide the next course of action, be it the removal of the remaining lobe, the entire thyroid, or in some cases the thyroid and other nearby tissues in the neck. Depending on your situation, your doctor may be able to use advanced robotic head and neck surgery to perform your thyroid procedure. This type of surgery is minimally invasive and requires a smaller incision. Your doctor will discuss all of these options with you prior to your surgery to determine which is the best course of action.

While the prospect of thyroid surgery may be frightening, having a caring, qualified specialist such working with you can help allay some of those fears.

If you are seeking the services of a qualified head and neck surgeon and ENT specialist in Long Beach, CA, consider contacting Tan Head and Neck Clinic. For more information or to make an appointment call (562) 988-8818.

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