TESTIMONIAL: 13-Year-Old Sinuses Cured

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Welcome to the Modern Nose Clinic. We know your nose. This is a 13-year-old girl who had an awake nasal surgery at the Modern Nose Clinic. Listen to her story.

Dr. Skarada:

So this is Doug Skarada here at the Modern Nose Clinic, and we've got a really special patient here with us today. She is – how old are you?

Patient:

13

Dr. Skarada:

We're not going to use your name, but she's 13 years old. And did you have an awake sinus surgery done here?

Patient:

Yes

Dr. Skarada:

And what was it like?

Patient:

It was – I feel a lot better. My symptoms have really decreased, and it's a big big difference.

Dr. Skarada:

Weren't you in the midst of going up to OHSU because you were really incapacitated?

Patient:

Mhm.

Dr. Skarada:

There's a tough one for you. It's not like you were pretending. It was some pretty serious stuff, and were you scared about having an awake surgery?

Patient:

I – a little bit, but I felt fine doing it here. So.

Dr. Skarada:

What was it like the day of the surgery. Do you have very many memories of it or not a whole lot?

Patient:

Not a bunch, but I kind of just remember going in, and I was awake, and I could feel stuff, and it wasn't too bad.

Dr. Skarada:

What was the recovery like?Were you able to get back to normal pretty quickly?

Patient:

Yes. Very quickly.

Dr. Skarada:

Look how quickly – she's an athlete, for those who may not know her. She is a really high end of softball player, and she was playing right through the summer. How – you know – for someone else thinking about this, how quickly would they get back to normal?

Patient:

The first night was rough, doing the rinse after the first surgery. But then the next day, I did feel a lot better, and it was a very quick recovery.

Dr. Skarada:

That's awesome. Thank you. And this is Mom. Which you don't have a picture, but we've got mom's voice. Yeah. Any thoughts?

Mother:

So thankful for finding Dr. Skarada. Stella's a hundred percent better than what she was. He's really saved her life, essentially. Her breathing life.

Dr. Skarada:

Yeah.

Mother:

So.

Dr. Skarada:

I can still remember when we did that CT scan, and the CT showed all this infection, and it was kind of like a light bulb went off. That's how I remember it.

Mother:

Yes.

Dr. Skarada:

We're like, "Oh my gosh. This actually explains a whole bunch." Right?

Mother:

Yeah. He found the mystery that had been hiding there for over a year. So.

Dr. Skarada:

And I really think that the kind of way we worked at it, like as a team, all three of us, and that's why it went so well. Alright. Well, thank you guys for sharing that.

Our 13-year-old patient would want you to know that if a 13-year-old can do this surgery, so can you. Thank you.


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