Archive for the ‘Plastic Surgery’ Category

What is the Difference between Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is a plastic surgeon based in Portland, Oregon. Board-certified in otolaryngology as well as in facial plastic surgery, Dr.Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio has experience performing both rhinoplasty and septoplasty.

Rhinoplasty, often called a nose job, is a facial plastic surgery that corrects flaws with the nose. This may be done for aesthetic reasons, such as correcting a drooped tip, or to fix a crooked nose following a fracture. With a rhinoplasty, the doctor may trim cartilage to give the nose a slimmer form or shave off bone to reduce the size of a hump.

Septoplasty is also a surgical nose procedure, but it is performed solely to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the wall between nasal passages. When it is crooked, it can lead to breathing issues. During this procedure, the doctor cuts areas of the septum’s cartilage and/or bone and makes sure the septum is even.


A Brief Overview of Eardrum Perforations and Tympanoplasty

An otolaryngologist at Portland Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio specializes in advanced ear, nose, and throat care for children and adults. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio provides a wide range of services to her patients, one of which is tympanoplasty.

Tympanoplasty is a common procedure that repairs eardrum perforations. Perforated holes can occur due to surgical procedures, ear infections, cotton swab damage, and other causes. Eardrum perforations may have an effect on hearing, depending on the location and size of the hole on the eardrum. Typically, these perforations are not large and do not affect hearing. Not all eardrum perforations require special treatment. When caused by an ear infection, the hole often closes on its own after a few days once the infection is clear.

Two types of surgical repairs exist for perforations that do not heal on their own. A patch myringoplasty is the simplest repair and involves simply filling in the hole with material to encourage normal healing. The tympanoplasty involves patching the hole with material that replaces the missing membrane. The material may be a graft that is taken from other similar tissue, although synthetic materials may be used for certain patients. This treatment is successful in the majority of cases, with more than 90 percent resulting in relief of pain and symptoms.

Sycamore Lane Therapy: Enriching the Lives of People with Disabilities

Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio, an otolaryngologist at Portland Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, provides quality ear, nose, and throat care to children and adults. In addition to her work as a physician, Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is also the founder of Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center.

Since its founding in 2008, Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center has been committed to providing safe, therapeutic riding experiences to adults and children in the Portland area. The Center strives to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enrich their lives through horseback riding. Through therapeutic riding and hippotherapy, the Center provides individuals with effective therapy to help them improve balance, strength, and spatial awareness.

Hippotherapy services at Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center involve a speech, physical, or occupational therapist leading a session with a client on horseback. Both the therapists and the horses are chosen to meet the specific needs of each client. Clients ride in a variety of positions and with various adaptations while participating in therapeutic games and activities. Typically, therapeutic riding sessions help individuals who have mild to moderate disabilities, while hippotherapy can be used for any disability level.

Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio on Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes the repeated disruption of breathing during sleep, depriving the brain and body of oxygen. If the disorder is not treated, then health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, and ADHD can be exacerbated. If your sleep apnea is not severe, then changes including weight loss, altering your sleep position, and the avoidance of alcohol, sleeping pills, and smoking may be able to treat the disorder. For more severe sleep apnea, doctors may recommend the continuous positive airway pressure treatment (CPAP), which entails wearing a mask that supplies a flow of air to keep your airways open. If you have such issues as enlarged tonsils or an overbite that causes your sleep apnea, then surgery may be recommended to correct these issues. Lastly, it is possible to treat the disorder by using a specially made dental device to hold your airway open.

About the author: Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist based in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio offers various treatments for ENT problems, such as ear infections, swallowing issues, and sleep apnea.

What Is Therapeutic Riding? By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

Therapeutic riding is supervised horseback riding that is designed to help children and adults with disabilities. The therapy includes all aspects of taking care of and riding a horse, from grooming and equipping the horse to the actual act of riding. Certified instructors tailor the therapy to each person to improve certain skills, whether they are physical, emotional, or cognitive. For instance, learning to ride a horse not only teaches participants the skills required for riding, strengthening them physically, but can also help them learn responsibility, compassion, and confidence through caring for the horse and learning a new skill. The benefits may help participants with emotional and cognitive issues so that they can later apply this knowledge to other situations in their lives.

About the author: Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is a doctor of otolaryngology at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Cleland-Zamudio is the President and CEO of the Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center, an organization that offers therapeutic riding to people with disabilities in the local community.

Categories: Plastic Surgery

Diagnosing Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

In order to diagnose diseases and disorders affecting the head and the neck, otolaryngologists employ various procedures depending on the patient’s symptoms. To ease the process of diagnosis, the patient should be ready to answer questions the doctor may ask, such as the nature of the symptoms, when they started, and the personal or family ear, nose, and throat disorder history. Once the doctor has collected this information, she will perform a diagnostic procedure.

-If an ear infection is suspected, the doctor will use an otoscope to observe the inner ear canal. If bacteria are found, the doctor will most likely prescribe an antibiotic.

-In cases of suspected sinus infections, the doctor will use an endoscope to look through the nose into the sinus cavity and check for inflammation or unusual discharge.

Sleep apnea, or frequent cessation of breathing during sleep, may be difficult to diagnose because it requires a sleep study. The doctor will look for peripheral evidence by asking questions related to sleep and snoring as well as observing if the tonsils or uvula have become inflamed.

About Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio: Based in Portland, Oregon, otolaryngologist Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio, MD, currently practices at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists.

An Overview of Hippotherapy

An Overview of Hippotherapy
By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

When executed in a nurturing, safe, and professional environment, hippotherapy, a treatment strategy that involves riding horses to improve a patient’s overall condition, helps in treating neurological and sensory conditions in impaired individuals. Unlike therapeutic riding, during which riders are taught specific skills, hippotherapy centers on the horse’s dynamic movements, which mimic the gait of humans, as a means of therapy.

Effective in adults and children, hippotherapy offers benefits that few can deny. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, strength, coordination, and balance response, among other issues. Furthermore, it can aid in the treatment of a broad range of conditions, including autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and even stroke and Alzheimer’s.

About the Author:
Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio founded Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center in 2008 to help impaired children and adults through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. She also serves as a board-certified Doctor of Otolaryngology at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists.