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WNY Ear, Nose & Throat

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About Us

WNY Ear, Nose & Throat is a medical practice that provides a wide range of adult and pediatric ENT services. We have multiple Physicians and Physician Assistants in the office daily, along with onsite Audiology. Our office is updated and equipped with the technology needed to provide the best care including, in office procedures, endoscopy to evaluate the nasal cavity and sinuses, laryngoscopy and stroboscopy to evaluate the throat and vocal cords, and microscopes to provide detailed examination of the ear.

Our Physicians are board-certified and affiliated with Sisters Hospital of Buffalo, Oishei Children’s Hospital, The Center for Ambulatory Surgery, and Southtowns Surgery Center. They are highly involved with the University at Buffalo Department of Otolaryngology and active in resident and medical student training. Our providers routinely attend national ENT meetings and conferences and hold leadership positions in the Buffalo Otolaryngology Society.

Our practice goal is to provide the most accurate and top quality care to our patients and their families. We work hard to clearly communicate with our patients and make sure that they are comfortable with our treatment plan.

Medical Services

Sinus Disorders

The doctors at WNY ENT receive referrals from previous and current patients, and from doctors all over the Western New York area.

Patients with recurrent sinus infections, stuffy nose, facial pain and pressure and particularly pain above and around the eye, may have more than just a simple sinus infection. Their symptoms may be caused by an anatomical obstruction of the sinuses and nasal passages.

If your sinus condition continues to not respond to your doctor’s care or if antibiotics and other treatments only provide temporary relief, you may have a sinus condition that is easily fixable by our doctors through medical interventions and in some cases minor surgical interventions. Our doctors will be able to see into those areas of your nose and sinuses that are causing you difficulty. Once the problem area is identified, treatment plans can be developed.

Many patients have had previous X-rays and CT scans of their sinuses that have been read by the radiologist as normal.  The doctors at WNY ENT always request that patients bring their X-rays in to the office with them for their appointment. Often, our doctors can find the cause of a patient’s symptoms by reviewing the X-rays personally with the patient.

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Nasal Headaches

Many patients have recurrent headaches around one or the other eye and above the nose. These headaches are often associated with changes in the weather, and many patients report they can predict a thunderstorm. A small but substantial minority of patients experience chronic daily headaches, which significantly impacts the quality of their lives.

How We Help Our Patients
If you have persistent sinus type headaches and have already had more serious forms of headaches ruled out by your doctor or a neurologist, our doctors can perform a simple test when you have a headache to see if you have a “sinus headache.” Even if you have already had an MRI or other X- Ray of the head and sinuses that has been read as normal, the doctors at WNY ENT can sometimes find subtle abnormalities that can contribute to your headaches. See below for the science behind nasal headaches.

Voice Disorders

Having a raspy, hoarse voice is not only annoying, but can also be serious. If your voice is persistently hoarse, our doctors can get a close up look at your vocal cords. In some cases, using our special video stroboscopy equipment, we can show you pictures or video of the delicate membranes of your vocal cords.

Remember, hoarseness can be an early warning sign of a more serious health condition. Only an ear, nose and throat doctor can diagnose the cause of your hoarseness and get you started on the appropriate treatment path.

Ears / Audiology

Our offices offer comprehensive evaluation of your ears and hearing. Our services include ear wax removal, hearing testing, evaluation and medical and surgical evaluation of disorders of the ear.

Please note: Sudden Hearing loss is an emergency. If you lose your hearing in one or both ears, treatment must often be begun within days of onset. Do not delay in calling for an evaluation.

Our doctors are Board Certified in Otology.

Sleep Disorders

Information about sleep apnea and sleep disorders can be found in almost every newspaper and magazine and many television and radio ads.  Many patients have had sleep studies performed on them and have been told that CPAP (a mask worn at night) is the only treatment available for them. Some have been fitted with masks that cover their entire face, and many others report that no one has ever gone over their sleep study with them and explained to them the details of the report.

The doctors at Western New York ENT can explain the sleep study to patients in terms they can understand. We also perform a full head and neck exam on sleep apnea patients and in many cases can help find the site of the obstruction. Treatment can then be tailored to each individual.

Sometimes, the reason a patient cannot tolerate nasal CPAP is because of a nasal obstruction. Many patients prefer to have their nose opened either with medical or in some cases surgical interventions, instead of going to the full face mask.          

study recently released shows sleep apnea linked to cancer.

Tongue-Tie Newborns

What is tongue tie and how can I tell if my baby has it?

Tongue-tie is a condition in which the thin piece of skin under the baby’s tongue (the lingual frenulum) is abnormally short and may restrict movement of the tongue tip. Tongue-tie can interfere with a baby’s ability to suck efficiently at the breast or with a bottle.

Indication of a tongue-tie:

  • the baby fails to gain weight
  • a clicking sound may be heard while the baby is feeding
  • the baby often loses suction while feeding and sucks in air
  • tongue cannot protrude beyond the baby’s lips
  • tongue cannot be moved sideways
  • tongue tip may be notched or heart-shaped
  • nipple pain/damage after breast feeding

Assessment

Dr. Stachiw and Dr. Cipolla will conduct a thorough assessment of infant tongue mobility to determine whether release is required. If the frenulum is thin and the baby is less than 4 months old, the frenulum can be released as an outpatient procedure without any anesthesia.

Tongue-tie release

The release of a tongue-tie involves the doctor placing a finger and thumb under the baby’s tongue to gain clear access to the frenulum. The frenulum is released with a small pair of sterile scissors. Discomfort and bleeding are typically minimal, and after the procedure a baby can immediately try feeding again. The feed will be assessed by both the mother and the clinician.

If your baby is having trouble breast feeding or you notice any signs or symptoms of tongue-tie, please call the office.  We will be happy to provide an appointment for your baby right away.

Thyroid Disorders

Women are much more prone to thyroid abnormalities than men. A family history of thyroid problems is also a risk factor. Hypothyroid disease can be associated with fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, low libido, cold intolerance and depression. Hyperthyroidism or a high thyroid level can be associated with symptoms such as heat intolerance, an inability to gain weight, high blood pressure, nervousness. Thyroid disorders can be evaluated by obtaining thyroid function tests and or thyroid ultrasound. Physical examination is also very important in diagnosing thyroid disorders. The vast majority of thyroid problems can be treated medically, however at times surgery is indicated.

Orchard Park, NY

Address

3670 South Benzing Road,
Suite C,
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Hours

Monday: 8:30AM - 4PM

Tuesday: 8:30AM - 4PM

Wednesday: 8:30AM - 4PM

Thursday: 8:30AM - 4PM

Friday: 8:30AM - 4PM

Phone

(716) 675 - 5711

Fax

(716) 675 - 3197

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