This has been a frustrating summer. Although you have felt great, you have sounded terrible. A raspy, wheezy voice, in fact, has been a constant reminder of how sore your throat has felt most of the summer. Sore and irritated, it has either been your allergies or your sinuses, but you have finally decided that you need to see an ear nose and throat specialist (ENT) to see if you can get something figured out. You have tried gargling with warm water with a touch of lemon and honey, but none of the home remedies have worked. You are hopeful that the ENT appointment next week will help you find a solution.
Special conditions often require special doctors to make sure that you are getting the best kind of treatment. From cosmetic surgery experts and the use of Botox to injectables and fillers and plastic surgery, a specialist can help you make sure that you are getting the very best care and the very best advice.
Consider some of these reasons why Americans seek out specialized care:
- Two to three hours is all it typically takes to complete a breast reduction surgery.
- 15.9 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2015, according to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics. This number represents a 2% increase over the year 2014.
- 60% of the total money spent on still plastic surgery is the surgery itself.
- Ear infections are the most common reason for trips to the pediatrician, with the exception of wellness baby visits. All told, ear infections visits account for approximately 30 million doctor visits a year.
- 29.4 million is the number of adults with diagnosed sinusitis.
- 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. This number indicates that approximately 1 in every 15 Americans, or 6.62% of the total American population, have a case of sleep apnea.
- in addition, 2% to 4% of all Americans have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea. This number indicates that approximately 1 in 50 individuals remains undiagnosed.
- People who have an untreated case of sleep apnea are at a four times greater risk of stroke as those who are not afflicted with sleep apnea.
- Untreated sleep apnea sufferers are also three times as likely to have heart disease as those who are not afflicted with sleep apnea.
- Since 2011, cosmetic procedures have increased by 39%; surgical procedures have increased 17% in that same period; and nonsurgical procedures have increased 44%.
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