Dr. Kandula went on Windy City LIVE to talk about the simple, in-office solutions that are changing peoples' lives with minimal downtime.
[Ryan] Welcome back to Windy City LIVE everybody. Do you have trouble breathing? Do you snore at night? Are your sinuses driving you crazy? Well, there is help out there and here to talk about it and talk about some options is sinus and sleep surgeon, Dr. Madan Kandula. Hi doc.
[Dr. Kandula] Hey, how you doing?
[Ryan] Well. Now you are the founder of ADVENT and at ADVENT you specialize in treating people with allergy, sinus, snoring, and sleep problems. Tell us a little more about that.
[Dr. Kandula] Yeah, I mean these issues are really, really common, and really, really impactful, so lots of people suffer. Lots of people suffer needlessly, despite the fact that there are solutions and really that's what we're trying to do is match up the solutions that exist, that we can offer to the patients that need them. So many people are just needlessly suffering.
[Ryan] Yeah, I've actually been told I have a deviated septum, so I might have to come see you.
[Dr. Kandula] It's pretty common.
[Ryan] Let's talk about let's talk about The Breathing Triangle®. What is that exactly?
[Dr. Kandula] The Breathing Triangle® is the nose and the throat. If you think about how anybody breathes, you've got your two nostrils and you've got the back of your throat. That area is key. It's the key to life. If your Breathing Triangle® is working optimally, you're working optimally. You're doing what you need to do in a day. You're sleeping properly. All is good. If any of those areas or any of those three locations are restricted, then then you're restricted, and the morbid part of that is if all three of those are restricted you can't live. It's sort of incompatible to life The Breathing Triangle® is the key to life. It's how you breathe, it's how we breathe and it's really, really important that that people are doing their best in those areas. If you're not and you're not taking care of those things, what type of issues could you be dealing with runs the gamut. If you imagine that somebody is breathing fine and all of a sudden you're strangling- you put your hands on their neck, you've covered their mouth and what happens is the body tries to fight to live. If that's been going on somebody's whole life, they just learn to live with it. People live with compromised lives. Headaches, not being able to breathe properly, not being able to breathe when you exercise, not being able to breathe when you sleep… Snoring is a cry for help. Sleep apnea is the far end of snoring which is when somebody stops breathing at night. All of these things are interrelated, unfortunately, and these things that are interrelated in the rest of healthcare are separated out. So, what we do at ADVENT is bring them together. If you've got a nose that's not working, if you've got a throat that's not working, then that's when we can help. That really makes it simple, makes it easy for people to identify if they're a good candidate for some of the procedures. I'd say we don't know if you're going to be a good candidate for some of our procedures, but we know if things aren't working properly, our entire goal is to help you out and that's all we do. At ADVENT, every patient's treatment is individualized-this isn't a one-size-fits-all, so to speak. No, it's not. Everybody's different. Everybody's problems are different and everybody's goals in life are really different. It's our duty to really understand what you're trying to accomplish. First thing we do is understand what's your goal and then it's tailoring a program that fits your needs. What we're really known for are our office-based solutions, so that's what we're trying to gravitate towards-finding a low-key, high-yield way to get you where you need to be. Oftentimes it's something we can do in just a few minutes that is changing somebody's life, which is something that's remarkable. It makes us passionate about coming to work every day.
[Ryan] You're best known for the balloon sinuplasty. What is that, doctor?
[Dr. Kandula] Yeah, it's a big word-two big words, I guess-but what that all that means is- each of us has sinuses, which are areas in the skull that enter into the nose. If those openings into the nose aren't working properly, then you're not working properly. You either suffer with breathing issues, sinus headaches, sinus infections, all sorts of things. What we can do nowadays with balloon sinuplasty is look into somebody's nose using a flexible catheter to find that natural sinus passageway, and then inflate a teeny balloon to open that area up. It's pretty remarkable and it provides instantaneous and remarkable relief for a lot of folks. These are things that, back in the old days, we could only do in in surgery. Now we can, in the office, do something under a minimal, low-key setting to get somebody up and working very nicely.
[Ryan] Doctor, I know that your entire team takes care of the patient from very first visits all the way through the insurance company issues, and you know that can be intimidating.
[Dr. Kandula] It can be. Somebody's coming for coming in because they've got medical problems, so we feel that it's our duty to try to take as much of that insurance hassle away from them. Let's focus on the medicine, let's focus on getting you relief. We treat these issues routinely, so we have a nice working relationship with the various insurance companies to make it as easy as possible on you to get the care that you need.
[Ryan] How can we find you, doctor?
[Dr. Kandula] It's really easy. It's just our web website ADVENTknows.com. We've made it as easy as possible, just as few clicks as possible to make an appointment. You can do that online these days, meaning the appointment can be virtual (Note: ADVENT no longer does virtual visits), that first visit, or we can see you in one of our many offices. Whatever is easiest for you. At the end of the day, I think the key is just getting started, taking that first step to say you know you can do better. Then our job is to guide you through to get you where you need to be.
[Ryan] Now, since I said I have a deviated septum, have you been staring at my nose?
[Dr. Kandula] Yeah, I can't get my eyes off of it [laughs]. No not really.
[Ryan] Thank you so much for the great information doctor. If you want to learn more about solving your breathing issues, head to ADVENTknows.com.