We offer the highest quality specialty care for all ear, nose and throat problems in both pediatric and adult patients. With seven board certified Otolaryngologists and several locations in the San Antonio area, we provide you with excellent, top rated service and care at convenient locations.
At Alamo ENT Associates, quality is the goal. Your call is important to us and will always be answered by one of our staff, not an automated system. Each physician in our group has their own nurse or medical assistant who will be available to assist you promptly during office hours. Only our physicians take call for Alamo ENT. After hours, our answering service is always able to contact the on-call physician for you if needed.
With an emphasis on quality, all in office testing and therapy is done by licensed, master's degree level or higher audiologists and master's degree level speech-language pathologists, not a hearing technician or medical assistant. Therefore, we can offer unsurpassed service in the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids as well as professional care for speech, voice and swallowing problems.
Whether you are referred or schedule your own appointment, you will always be seen by a board certified otolaryngologist, as we do not employ nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Our physicians offer the most current advancements in treatment and surgical options, including several procedures that can be done in the office. (Transnasal Esophogoscopy, Turbinate Ablation, Snoring Treatments, Balloon Sinuplasty and Ear Tubes).
Allergies & Hay Fever
Millions of Americans suffer from nasal allergies,commonly known as hay fever. Often fragrant flowers are blamed for the uncomfortable symptoms,yet they are rarely the cause; their pollens are too heavy to be airborne. An ear,nose,and throat specialist can help determine the substances causing your discomfort and develop a management plan that will help make life more enjoyable.
The nose is an area of the body that contains many tiny blood vessels (or arterioles) that can break easily. In the United States,one of every seven people will develop a nosebleed some time in their lifetime. Nosebleeds can occur at any age but are most common in children aged 2-10 years and adults aged 50-80 years. Nosebleeds are divided into two types,depending on whether the bleeding is coming from the front or back of the nose.
Have you ever had a cold or allergy attack that wouldn't go away? If so,there's a good chance you actually had sinusitis. Experts estimate that 37 million people are afflicted with sinusitis each year,making it one of the most common health conditions in America. That number may be significantly higher,since the symptoms of bacterial sinusitis often mimic those of colds or allergies,and many sufferers never see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The ear,nose,and throat specialist will prescribe many medications (antibiotics,decongestants,nasal steroid sprays,antihistamines) and procedures (flushing) for treating acute sinusitis. There are occasions when physician and patient find that the infections are recurrent and/or non-responsive to the medication. When this occurs,surgery to enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses is an option.
A recommendation for sinus surgery in the early 20th century would easily alarm the patient. In that era,the surgeon would have to perform an invasive procedure,reaching the sinuses by entering through the cheek area,often resulting in scarring and possible disfigurement. Today,these concerns have been eradicated with the latest advances in medicine. A trained surgeon can now treat sinusitis with minimal discomfort,a brief convalescence,and few complications.
A clinical history of the patient will be created before any surgery is performed. A careful diagnostic workup is necessary to identify the underlying cause of acute or chronic sinusitis,which is often found in the anterior ethmoid area,where the maxillary and frontal sinuses connect with the nose. This may necessitate a sinus computed tomography (CT) scan (without contrast),nasal physiology (rhinomanometry and nasal cytology),smell testing,and selected blood tests to determine an operative strategy.