George Tkalych – Common Problems ENT Surgeons Come Across

Posted: November 24, 2015 in Health care

George Tkalych is a successful ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon who recently retired and now lives in Columbus, Georgia with his wife. He practiced medicine for over 30 years and performed thousands of surgeries on children and adults, spoke at medical events and conventions, and had a number of papers and articles published by local media outlets, and medical journals and magazines. He has experienced much during his career as an ENT surgeon. Here are a few of the most common problems that ENT surgeons come across.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

ENT surgeons commonly see sinus problems. The sinuses are empty chambers in the head that fill with air, vibrate, and aid speech. They are an important part of draining mucus, which is why it is important to have clear sinuses. The most common problem seen in sinuses is an obstruction that prevents the sinuses from clearing, thus causing pain.

The most effective way of dealing with sinus problems is usually through medication and self-care. Medication will help fight any colds or allergies that may be causing sinus obstruction while keeping the sinuses moist is a good way of taking care of the sinuses at home. In some cases, surgical procedures are required, but this depends on the longevity and cause of the sinus issue.

Snoring is often a condition that is brought to the attention of ENT surgeons. While snoring is more irritating than dangerous, ENT professionals can treat snoring, especially if snoring gets worse over time. ENT professionals will evaluate the throat for any blockages or swelling, and then recommend a treatment plan after evaluating any medical risks to do with heart rate and blood pressure. There are a few different treatments available for snoring.

The majority of the treatments recommended is not surgical and involve oral appliances that reposition the jaw during sleep, recommended lifestyle changes, and weight loss. For patients who find that non-surgical procedures are ineffective, there are more aggressive surgical options available.

Another common problem that ENT surgeons often come across is severe sore throats. Severe sore throats are usually caused by colds, viruses, the flu, or by bacteria. Severe sore throats can cause rashes, earaches, difficulty breathing and swallowing, joint pain, and hoarseness.

The most effective remedy for sore throats is antibiotics prescribed by doctors. In the case of mild sore throats, ENT professionals will recommend that patients increase their liquid intake, use humidifiers during sleep, gargle warm salt water, or in some cases take mild painkillers.

George Tkalych received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1975.


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