In following COVID-19 safety procedures and remaining in compliance with decrees from the State of Iowa, some of our processes have temporarily changed. Please see our informational patient letter here >>
- Televisit appointments are available for patients who are reviewing test results or don’t need to be physically examined in order to develop a treatment plan. These are screened by the doctors.
- We have a simple screening process as you enter PCI's buildings.
- New ENT patients should try to complete all intake forms prior to your first appointment.
- We recommend you wear a mask to your appointment.
- Please bring only one family member or escort with you to your appointment.
- Please observe social distancing within our buildings.
- If you have mobility issues or need help getting to your appointment, please let us know!
PCI's Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) is led by highly-trained and experienced physicians who are board-certified otolaryngologists. They specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of disorders and diseases of the ear, nose and throat, in both adults and children.
Unlike other physician offices, we combine complete diagnostic services, treatment and follow-up care under one roof.
The PCI Sinus Center
A team of experts dedicated to your sinus health!
Sinus disease is a major health problem. It affects 31 million people in the United States. In fact, Americans spend more than $1 billion every year on over-the-counter medications to treat it. The symptoms are similar to colds, allergies and the flu, and sometimes even your primary care doctor can't tell the difference, leading to misdiagnosis. Physicians' Clinic of Iowa physicians have come together to create The PCI Sinus Center, a collaborative effort to treat chronic sinus issues in Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas.
Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
- Nasal Congestion
- Facial Pain and Pressure
- Nasal Drainage
- Reduced Sense of Smell
If you're suffering with any of the above symptoms, or other ear, nose and throat related illnesses, make an appointment today! Our experienced team can diagnose the underlying reasons for your symptoms and recommend an affordable treatment plan.
Treatments for Chronic Sinusitis
Balloon sinuplasty is the leading treatment for sinusitis. Also known as balloon dilation, it is a surgery to widen blocked sinus passages without cutting or tissue removal. First made available in the United States in 2005, balloon sinuplasty can be an effective tool for restoring drainage to some of the sinuses. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, balloon sinus dilation is a therapeutic option for select patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and recurrent acute rhinosinusitis (RARS) who have failed appropriate medical therapy. Ultimately, to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for balloon sinus dilation and/or other treatment options, an ENT (ear, nose, throat) physician must perform a medical examination and evaluation.
Ear, Nose & Throat Services
Comprehensive, full-service care for adults and children
PCI has everything you and your family need, all under one roof!
- Cancers of the Head and Neck - PCI otolaryngologists will help you on every step of your journey to recovery, from diagnosis to treatment. We offer the most current treatment options available, and base each treatment plan on the individual needs of our patients.
- Disorders and Diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat:
- Allergies - Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa’s physicians have helped thousands of patients in Cedar Rapids manage their allergies. Eighty percent of our patients experience significant improvement or complete allergy relief from their allergy symptoms.
- Dizziness/Vertigo - This sensation of spinning is often caused by an inner ear problem. Some of the most common causes are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease or vestibular neuritis.
> BPPV occurs when tiny calcium particles (canaliths) clump up in canals of the inner ear. BPPV can occur for no known reason and may be associated with age.
> Meniere's disease is an inner ear disorder thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause episodes of vertigo along with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.
>Vestibular neuritis is an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). The infection causes inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that are important for helping the body sense balance.
- Earaches, Otitis Media and Ear Tubes - Otitis media means inflammation of the middle ear, as a result of a middle ear infection. It can occur in one or both ears. Otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis for children who visit physicians for illness. It is also the most common cause of hearing loss in children. Although otitis media is most common in young children, it occasionally affects adults. Frequent ear infections can be treated by inserting ear tubes. Learn more about ear tubes from PCI physician Ryan Dempewolf.
- Hearing Loss - Hearing is an essential part of daily living, and when hearing loss or ear pain occurs, it can dramatically impact your quality of life. Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa–Audiology is dedicated to providing audiological and aural rehabilitative services for infants, children, and adults to diagnose, monitor and treat ear disease and hearing loss.
- Snoring - Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. An otolaryngologist can help you to determine where the anatomic source of your snoring may be and offer solutions.
- Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery - Today's thyroid and parathyroid surgeries are very safe, effective and relatively easy to recover from. If your endocrinologist determines that thyroid surgery is necessary, PCI ENT surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures that cause less pain, allow easier recoveries and result in smaller incisions.
- Tinnitus - Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus or head noises, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present. Tinnitus may be an intermittent or continuous sound in one or both ears. Its pitch can go from a low roar to a high squeal or whine or it can have many sounds. Prior to any treatment, it is important to undergo a thorough examination and evaluation by your otolaryngologist and audiologist.
- Voice Disorders - A variety of medical conditions can lead to voice problems. If you become hoarse frequently or notice voice change for an extended period of time, see your otolaryngologist for an evaluation.
- Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - PCI ENT physicians are board certified to perform both reconstructive and cosmetic facial plastic surgery. They are rigorously trained in the complicated head and neck area and have extensive experience in facial plastic surgery techniques. Types of facial plastic surgery include:
- Rhinoplasty - surgery of the nose (nose job).
- Blepharoplasty - surgery to remove fat, excess skin, bags, pouches and/or wrinkles in the eye and eyelid area.
- Rhytidectomy - surgery to remove excess skin and tighten the facial area (face lift).
- Forehead/Brow Lift – surgery to minimize forehead lines and wrinkles, and elevate brows to reduce lid drooping.
- Genioplasty or mentoplasty - surgery to augment a small chin or reduce a prominent chin.
- Otoplasty - surgery to “pin back” the ears.
- Facial Reconstruction - after an accident or disease, surgery may be done to restore both function and appearance.