Sinus & Facial Plastics Institute

Sinus & Facial Plastic Institute is the first and only facility in central Florida that is dedicated to the complete medical care of the nose, both cosmetic and functional. This is made possible by Wade W. Han, M.D., a Harvard trained, double boarded facial plastic and head and neck surgeon, who has brought to central Florida the most advanced medical diagnostic and surgical techniques in the treatment of nasal structural dysfunction such as nasal obstruction and chronic sinusitis as well as external aesthetic deformity or imperfection. Dr. Han's double certified expertise enables him to evaluate the nose and sinus structures as a whole and treat them in a complete and systematic fashion, to achieve optimal outcome and to avoid many potential limitations and pitfalls found in those one dimensional approaches. Patients no longer have to find separate specialist to deal with medical and cosmetic needs. Many of our referrals come to us by word of mouth, from happy, satisfied patients and their doctors. Some come to us after experiencing unsatisfactory results obtained elsewhere. Our facility is located in Dr. Phillips of southwest Orlando, near Windermere, MetroWest, Hunters Creek and Celebration, with easy accessibility from all areas in central Florida via I-4 and Florida Turnpike. The office is well equipped with fiberoptic endoscopic and microscopic diagnostic systems, professional photo and video suite, computer imaging system, operating suite and onsite CT scanner. The state of art facility, as well as Dr. Han's credentials and experience, make Sinus & Facial Plastics Institute the central Florida's center of excellence in your total nose care.

Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health prob­lems in the United States. It is more prevalent than arthritis and hypertension and has a greater impact on quality of life than diabetes or congestive heart failure. Symptoms may significantly affect people physically, functionally, and emotionally.1 Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure and congestion run their course in a few days. If symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop. If the condition occurs frequently or lasts three months or more, it may be chronic sinusitis. The most frequently used treatments for chronic sinusitis are medical therapies and/or sinus surgery.

The introduction of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), a term coined by David W. Kennedy, M.D. in the 80's, revolutionized the treatment of chronic sinusitis in the United States.2 Led by a group of renowned academic surgeons centered at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, the sub-speciality of Rhinology was revitalized in the specialty of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose and Throat). Tremendous progress has been made in Rhinology over the past 20 years, both in our understanding as well as medical and surgical treatment of diseases affecting nose and paranasal sinuses. Sinus surgery no longer involves skin or gum incisions, and in experienced hands, post-operative bleeding and pain are minimal and nasal packing is no longer necessary after this outpatient procedure. More recent advances with enhanced fiberoptics, high resolution imaging processing and display, image guided surgery with preoperative or real time CT, and introduction of innovative instruments like microdebriders and balloon sinuplastic setups, have greatly improved the surgeons' ability to perform not only the routine functional endoscopic sinus surgery, but also the more complex anterior skull base endoscopic procedures like CSF leak repair, orbital and optic nerve decompression, trans-sphenoidal approach to the sella and various skull base tumor resections.

Professional Journal Publications by Wade W. Han, M.D. on Sinusitis and Sinus Surgery:
1. Han WW, Gliklich RE. Outcome Research for Chronic Sinusitis. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 1997;5:3-7.
2. Kennedy DW, Shaman P, Han WW et al. Complications of Ethmoidectomy: a Survey of Fellows of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 1994;111:589-99.

Treatment of nasal sinus dysfunction will not be complete without management of allergies. Over 45 million Americans, or approximately one fifth of the population, suffer from one kind of allergy or another. Some of us don't know that our symptoms are allergy-related. Airborne and food allergens can cause numerous symptoms and chronic conditions in the ear, nose, and throat region. Headaches, dizziness, ear troubles, recurring sinusitis, chronic sore throats, hoarseness, and chronic cough could all be related to allergies. We will take a thorough history to determine if allergies are aggravating your condition and offer comprehensive allergy testing for airborne and food allergens. Our allergy specialist will then determine the best course of action, whether it is allergy medications or sprays, allergy shots, and/or simple avoidance of the allergen. If you require treatment with allergy shots, we can teach you to do it safely at home. This convenience makes it easier for you and improves the treatment outcome. For those patients that have a fear of receiving injections, sublingual immunotherapy (placing the extract drops under your tongue for absorption, also known as SLIT) may be recommended.

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