Educational Webinars for Medical Professionals

Specializing in otolaryngology, Dr. Frank Brettschneider owns and operates a private practice in Port Huron, Michigan. Ensuring patients receive the highest level of care, Dr. Frank Brettschneider stays actively involved with the American Osteopathic Association, the Michigan State Medical Society, and the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.

The American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology gives members access to a variety of educational seminars to enhance their field of practice. The organization also works in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association to offer a menu of on-demand webinars that focus on business operations and patient care.

Among the more recent webinars released is one titled Electronic Health Record (EHR) Optimization. Recorded on April 7, 2015, the webinar features Vanessa Bisceglie of EHR & Practice Management Consultants, Inc. An expert in health care technology, she discusses the continuous need to review optimization practices due to changing regulatory stipulations. Emphasis is placed on improving workflow, developing an understanding of end user frustrations and needs, and identifying system configurations that may impact efficiency.

An Overview of Acute Sinusitis

Board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, oro-facial plastic surgery, and otolaryngic allergy, Dr. Frank Brettschneider is president of Port Huron ENT. Since 1990, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has helped numerous patients achieve relief from the full spectrum of ear, nose, and throat conditions, including sinusitis.

The sinuses are hollow cavities on either side of the nasal passages and in the forehead. They are normally filled with air and lined with a thin mucosal layer. Sinusitis occurs when these passages experience swelling and inflammation. This swelling prevents normal drainage of mucus, which then builds up and creates pressure, pain, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Patients may also have a cough and a discharge of a thick, yellow mucus from the nose or in the back of the throat.

Acute sinusitis comes on suddenly and may be triggered by a cold virus, allergies, bacteria, or a fungal infection. If caused by a virus, sinusitis will eventually run its course, and the goal of treatment is to ease symptoms with preparations such as saline nasal spray, corticosteroid nasal sprays, decongestants, and over-the-counter analgesics. Bacterial sinusitis is treated with antibiotics, and the rare fungal infection of the sinuses can be addressed with antifungal medications. Acute sinusitis should last no longer than four weeks. Infections lasting eight weeks or longer are labeled chronic sinusitis and may stem from other causes such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum.

Causes and Effects of Salivary Gland Stones

An experienced otolaryngologist, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has treated many conditions of the salivary glands. Dr. Frank Brettschneider provides both medical and surgical therapies for salivary stones and related conditions.

The parotid, sublingual, and submandibular glands produce the saliva that people need to digest food and fight against tooth decay. However, a condition known as sialolithiasis can block these glands and interrupt the release of saliva. This occurs when salivary chemicals like calcium collect in the gland or duct and begin to form stones, which are not noticeable to the patient until they close off the duct and cause saliva to collect in the gland.

As the saliva pools in the gland, the patient may feel intermittent pain. If the condition remains untreated, it may cause the gland to become infected or inflamed. When this happens, the patient may feel a lump or taste the drainage of pus into the mouth. Saliva-stimulating treatments or gentle massage may help to pass the stone in less severe cases, though some patients may require surgical removal of the stone from the gland.

Mastoiditis – A Serious Condition Related to Ear Infection

Trained in orofacial plastic surgery and general otolaryngology, Dr. Frank Brettschneider is the president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC, in Michigan. As such, Dr. Frank Brettschneider is experienced in treating illnesses common among infants and young children, as well as mastoiditis, a more serious condition.

Typically caused by an acute middle ear infection, mastoiditis occurs when the infection spreads to the skull’s mastoid bone. As infected material fills the mastoid bone, its structure, which similar to that of a honeycomb, is at risk of deterioration.

Common symptoms of mastoiditis include ear pain, drainage from the ear, hearing loss, and headache. In addition, the ear may become red, with swelling occurring behind the ear. Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, mastoiditis was a leading cause of death among children. Currently, mastoiditis can be treated with injected antibiotics, followed by a course of oral antibiotics. However, the condition can be difficult to treat, as drugs may not penetrate deep enough into the mastoid bone to quell the infection. In severe cases, part of the bone may need to be removed in order to drain the mastoid.

The Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University

Dr. Frank Brettschneider currently serves as the President of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat (E.N.T.). Prior to establishing the successful private practice in 1990, Dr. Frank Brettschneider garnered more than 20 years of education and experience across the fields of oro-facial plastic surgery and general otolaryngology. In 1985, Dr. Frank Brettschneider earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University.

Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University (MSU) officially adopted its current moniker in 1964. Located in East Lansing, Michigan, MSU remains the United States’ inaugural land-grant university. Following the 1862 Morrill Act, what is now Michigan State University hosted the country’s initial foray into democratizing advanced education. Consequently, MSU has acted as the model for our modern public university system, leading the way for 69 subsequent land-grant schools. More than 150 years later, Michigan State University continues to sustain a strong tradition of excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Michigan State University presently offers approximately 200 undergraduate and advanced programs through 17 degree-granting colleges. The pioneering public institution also boasts greater than 260 study abroad programs in more than 60 countries across all inhabited continents. Ranked first among U.S. public universities for its study abroad participation, Michigan State University’s total international student enrollment remains eighth across all US universities. Michigan State University also maintains a 25-year record as the foremost producer of Rhodes Scholars among all Big Ten schools. In addition to retaining its longstanding position as an educational trailblazer, Michigan State University continues to act as a leader in innovative research. In the 2009-10 academic year alone, total MSU grants reached approximately $495 million.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Environment Report Card designated Michigan State University as among the country’s five most-sustainable campuses. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU as first for its graduate programs in nuclear physics, rehabilitation counseling, industrial and organizational psychology, and elementary and secondary education. According to the noted national publication, Michigan State University ranks 29th among all public universities nationwide. The annual Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities has honored MSU among its 100 top-rated international universities for eight straight years, and Kiplinger’s 2009–10 Best Values in Public Colleges ranked Michigan State University as first among all Big Ten schools. Michigan State University also remains the only university in the United States boasting three on-campus medical schools.

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The Role of Swim Molds in Kids’ Ear Infections, by Dr. Frank Brettschneider

Children love to go swimming, especially in the warm months, but sometimes this fun activity can lead to ear issues. As a result, many kids suffer from chronic ear infections. Sometimes, the fluid accumulation and infection can lead to a perforated eardrum. This might require treatments such as tympanoplasty, or eardrum reconstruction, and myringotomy, or the placement of ear tubes. In fact, myringotomy is among the more commonly performed operations in children under two years old.

After a child has tubes inserted in his or her ears, swim and bath time should be accompanied by the use of swim molds or earplugs. Both pool and bath water contain germs that can lead to infection. Simply having excess water in the ear can also cause pain and tenderness in the ear canal. Earplugs prevent water from entering the ear canal. Custom-fitted swim molds allow children to remain safe and pain-free while enjoying activities in the pool.

About Frank Brettschneider, DO:
Dr. Frank Brettschneider manages his practice at Port Huron ENT, with a focus on treating conditions of the ear, nose, and throat. Patients at Port Huron ENT may consider Insta-Mold and Doc’s Plugs as earplug choices.

Dr. Frank Brettschneider: Symptoms and Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis

As President of Port Huron ENT, Dr. Frank Brettschneider treats a range of ear, nose, and throat conditions, such as allergies, tonsillitis, hearing loss, and ear infections. Dr. Brettschneider also treats sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses that occurs when mucus cannot drain properly and causes blockage. Sinusitis can be triggered by infection or disease, allergens, environmental contaminants, or problems in the nasal structure. The condition can be acute, resolving within a few weeks, or chronic, continuing for more than 12 weeks.

Chronic sinusitis produces symptoms that often have a detrimental impact on an individual’s quality of life. These can include significant nasal congestion and discharge, facial or dental tenderness and pain, fatigue, fever and headache, and sore throat. Chronic sinusitis can also decrease one’s ability to taste and smell. In mild cases, sinusitis may be resolved by various medications or by nasal sprays and vaporizers. In more severe situations, surgery may be necessary.

At his practice, Dr. Frank Brettschneider employs innovative surgical techniques to treat sinusitis, including balloon sinuplasty. Cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration, balloon sinuplasty opens obstructed sinus passages with a small balloon catheter. When inflated, the catheter reshapes and expands the sinus walls to restore normal function without harming the delicate tissues of the sinus lining.

A minimally invasive procedure, balloon sinuplasty does not require cutting or removing bone or tissue. This can reduce bleeding and recovery time. Balloon sinuplasty can also be used in conjunction with other treatment methods.