Rhinology

Rhinology and sinus surgery is a subspecialty that manages nasal and sinus problems. Dr. Weeks has unique expertise in this field, and is a recognized leader in the field of sinus surgery. Common problems treated are allergies, nasal obstruction, and sinusitis. Less common conditions such as tumors of the sinuses or anterior skull base can also be treated with minimally invasive techniques.

Treating Chronic Rhinitis Through Clarifix Procedure

Approximately 24 million Americans suffer from a constant runny nose, continuous sneezing and, congestion. Patients suffering from such symptoms of chronic rhinitis are usually prescribed medications, nasal sprays, and solutions. Unfortunately, none of these options provide any lasting relief.

The Clarifix procedure is an innovative, minimally invasive, and FDA-approved treatment to freeze an inflamed area at the back of the nose that contains the nerves to mucus-producing glands. These out-of-balance nerves signal mucus-producing glands to release more mucus, causing symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing. With the help of a small handheld device that has a cryotherapy balloon, the out-of-balance nerves are hit with cold temperature, as low as minus 60 degrees. Freezing those nerves disrupts their ability to make mucus. The best part of the procedure is that it works well on allergic and non-allergic patients with equally good results.

Check out this video of Dr. Weeks performing Clarifix procedure on his patient Dora, who had suffered from congestion and a runny nose for years. The surgical procedure was broadcasted live on one of the episodes of The Doctors.