Balloon Sinuplasty


If it seems like you constantly have sinusitis and nothing seems to resolve it, you need to read this.  

If the doctor diagnosed you with chronic sinusitis and medication doesn’t work, you need to read this. 

Our ear, nose and throat doctors have the solution for you…balloon sinuplasty.

We invite you to learn more…

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens up the sinus passages. A small, flexible balloon catheter is guided through the nostril into the blocked sinuses. When inflated, the balloon will gently restructure and open the sinus passages. This process restores normal sinus drainage and function.

The procedure is similar in concept to a heart surgeon opening up blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty procedure.

Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

A good candidate for balloon sinuplasty is someone who has sinusitis that has not yet been resolved, or someone who has recurring sinusitis when using traditional medical treatment. The procedure will relieve the pressure and pain that most often accompanies chronic sinusitis.

Does the balloon sinuplasty procedure hurt?

No need to worry...The procedure can be performed safely in office with little to no pain. Our ENT doctors are expertly trained to perform the procedure and they have ample experience. 

What about the recovery time after the balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Recovery time is typically 1 to 2 days after the procedure appointment. For instance, if we perform the procedure on a Friday, you can go back to work on Monday.

Is the balloon sinuplasty procedure covered by insurance?

Yes, many insurance companies cover the procedure. In fact, prior to the procedure our team will do a benefits check to make sure it is covered under your particular health plan. We’ll also talk to you about your financial responsibility, if any, after insurance covers their part.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us during your appointment or when scheduling.

And now the big question...

Does balloon sinuplasty work?

Yes it works! Over 500,000 patients have successfully undergone the balloon sinuplasty procedure to treat chronic sinusitis and acute recurrent sinusitis.

Why choose Northeast Atlanta ENT for your balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Our doctors are experienced. We have safely and successfully done hundreds of these procedures in our office.

Our doctors actually teach the balloon sinuplasty procedure to other doctors! You’re in excellent hands at our office.

We use a team approach for all balloon sinuplasty procedures to ensure the safest, most successful procedure appointment.

We have cutting-edge equipment to ensure the best possible results, such as navigation systems and a high definition endoscopic camera/scope (typically only found in hospital operating rooms).

The result?

You’ll experience:

  • a safer procedure

  • a shorter appointment

  • a pain-free appointment

Hard to say no to all of that, right?

What’s next? Call your doctor for an appointment.

Wondering if balloon sinuplasty is right for you? Do you want to speak with one of our doctors to learn even more about balloon sinuplasty?

Call us!

Northeast Atlanta ENT has 2 locations in the Atlanta area— Lawrenceville, GA and Johns Creek, GA. Call the office closest to you to schedule an appointment. Or you can schedule an appointment by clicking the following link:

At your appointment one of our doctors will complete an assessment to determine if you can benefit from balloon sinuplasty. If it is the best procedure to fix your health problems, you will schedule another appointment at your convenience.

So give us a call today...we look forward to meeting you.

In the meantime, check out some of our patient reviews: 


“Dr. Chaudhry is a fantastic doctor and a  great person. He has taken care of me and my family with the utmost care and kindness.  He was my second opinion for sinus surgery and I am so glad. Because of his help I am able to breath better than I ever have and have been infection free for almost a year.  Thank you!”  

—Ronald Smith—


“Very professional and friendly office staff and there was no wait for my appointment. The doctor (Dr. Zweig) was excellent and asked detailed questions and was focused on me and my concerns. She was a great listener, did not rush, answered my questions in ways I could understand and made me feel very comfortable.” 

—Kim Kapple—


“Dr. Gorav is a very knowledgeable and friendly doctor. He helped diagnose and treat my problem quickly. He did a surgical procedure on me and it went smoothly with no complications. I had a quick recovery and he answered all of my questions. I recommend Doctor Gorav. He has also seen some of my family members.” 



“Dr. Roth was very thorough and informative. I did not feel rushed during my appointment and he was very helpful in offering various options for treating my breathing issues.” 

—Barbara L.—


“Dr. Carmichael will always take the time to listen to his patients and family members. He has an exceptional beside manner. He is friendly and approachable while also being a brilliant MD. I would highly recommend him for any ear, nose, or throat need.” 

—Mary K.—

A Personal Welcome from Our Office

First and foremost, we want to thank you for visiting our website. Here we provide information on a variety of ENT services we offer, as well as discuss the array of options you face when choosing an ENT doctor in the Johns Creek and Lawrenceville areas.

Whether you are in need of a hearing aid, need to see a pediatric ENT for your child, or are tired of your chronic sinus symptoms we can help you.

Simply fill out the contact form on this page, or give us a call in order to schedule your appointment with Northeast Atlanta ENT today!

Sinusitis Treatment: What Options are Best for You?

We all know how allergies, or simply the common cold can really set us back. However at Northeast Atlanta ENT, we’ve heard many people say something along the lines of, “I’ve had this cold for a month; when is it going to go away?”

If you’ve had signs and symptoms of a cold or allergies for this long, then most likely something else is going on in your body; sinusitis. Luckily, at Northeast Atlanta ENT in Johns Creek and Lawrenceville, Ga., we are very experienced with treating sinusitis, and offer different treatment options depending on your unique situation, and what is best for you.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a bacterial infection of the sinus cavities lasting 10 days or more. Sinusitis is typically preceded by the common cold or an allergy outbreak, but when symptoms persist for 10 days, 2 weeks, or sometimes much longer it means a bacterial infection is the likely culprit. While not a serious medical condition in the short-term, it can put a significant damper on your quality of life; interfering with work, school, sleeping patterns and more.

How is Sinusitis Diagnosed?

Normally, our experienced physicians at Northeast Atlanta ENT can diagnose sinusitis with a routine exam at one of our offices (Lawrenceville & Johns Creek). However, in the event that your case is particularly difficult to diagnose, a CT scan could be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.

In addition, other tests (such as a blood test to rule out any immune disorders) may be ordered by one of our ENT physicians. Our goal is to treat your sinusitis effectively and help you feel better, and in order to do that sometimes, on occasion, these other tests must be conducted to rule out any other possibilities.

Treating Sinusitis with Antibiotics

Sinusitis (whether one-time or chronic) is typically treated with aggressive antibiotic therapy. However, some patients become resistant to antibiotics, making sinusitis difficult to treat in certain situations. It is recommend that you give your body a chance to try and fight off the infection naturally, boosting your immune system in the process.

If you feel it has been 7 days or more, and you are not getting better without antibiotic treatment, then it is definitely time to contact one of our offices and schedule your appointment.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: Balloon Sinuplasty

One of the more popular treatments at our Lawrenceville & Johns Creek locations for patients experiencing recurring or chronic sinusitis involves a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure called a Balloon Sinuplasty.

Basically, a Balloon Sinuplasty involves a small, flexible balloon catheter that is carefully guided through the nostrils and into the sinus cavity by our highly-trained ENT physicians. When the balloon is inflated, it gently reopens the cavities, restoring normal functioning.

Many patients prefer this procedure to other, more complex sinus surgeries because it is an outpatient procedure, can be done in our office (no hospital room needed), and typically involves a swift recovery.

So What’s Next?

If you’ve been dealing with chronic sinus problems, and traditional, over-the-counter medicine has not seemed to alleviate your symptoms, then treatment with antibiotics or Balloon Sinuplasty may be the best option for you.

To learn more, or to book your appointment, contact our Lawrenceville office here, or our Johns Creek office here to schedule your appointment today, and take the most important step on the road to recovery!

Sleep Apnea Surgery in Lawrenceville & Johns Creek, GA.

Does your spouse or partner hit you with a pillow during the night for snoring too loud? Do you ever find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, breathing heavily for seemingly no reason? When you get up in the morning are you refreshed, or do you feel as if you are never getting enough sleep?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then it may be time to visit Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat in Johns Creek or Lawrenceville, GA. in order to be evaluated for a potentially serious health condition: obstructive sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is characterized clinically as a condition where a person experiences recurring episodes of breathing pauses that last a minimum of 10 seconds, which is due to a narrowing of the upper airways, or in some cases a collapse of the airway.

Why is it so dangerous?

There are a variety of reasons why sleep apnea is a dangerous condition. Here are a few of them:

  • It causes the heart to work harder, putting undue stress on a vital organ.

  • Due to restless sleep, a person can become hazardous when operating a vehicle or heavy machinery.

  • Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even diabetes.

  • Chronic headaches. Sleep apnea sufferers often experience recurring, chronic headaches and neck pain.

  • Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the occurrence and frequency of asthmatic episodes, and even interfere with certain asthma treatments and medications.

  • Pulmonary hypertension, which is high blood pressure in the arteries within the lungs.

  • Psychological problems. Studies have shown that individuals suffering from sleep apnea are also at an increased risk to experience depression, which seems to worsen as sleep apnea becomes more severe.

Are there any non-surgical treatments for sleep apnea?

There are a variety of non-surgical treatments available for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. First and foremost, weight loss can help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms, as sleep apnea is often seen in obese or overweight individuals.

Secondly (and most commonly), a CPAP machine can be used in order to alleviate symptoms, and provide treatment for patients. a CPAP machine uses positive airway pressure, which blows compressed air into the lungs and keeps the airway from closing. We oftentimes recommend a CPAP machine to our Lawrenceville and Johns Creek patients who are looking for non-surgical treatment options.

Another non-surgical treatment involves using a dental appliance that moves the lower jaw and tongue forward in order to keep the airway open and unblocked. However, this treatment is generally only worthwhile to patients experiencing mild sleep apnea. If you suffer moderate to severe sleep apnea, surgery may be your best option.

Is surgery the best alternative for patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea?

Each case is different, which is why it is important to schedule your appointment at one of our two office locations (Johns Creek & Lawrenceville, GA.).

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This is a surgery often used to treat patients suffering with sleep apnea. This surgery works by eliminating excess soft palate tissue, thus opening the airway for easier breathing. In addition, the air passage may be further enlarged using a procedure known as a tonsillectomy (more commonly referred to as “getting your tonsils taken out”).

Genioglossus and hyoid advancement. This is another surgical alternative for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. This process works by preventing the collapse of the lower throat and pulls the tongue muscles forward, the result is an unobstructed airway, and easier breathing.

We also offer other surgical alternatives, which we can share with you during your appointment if you are a candidate for those particular procedures.

What’s my next step?

If you are tired of the restless nights of sleep, the loud snoring that doesn’t allow you or your significant other to get a peaceful night’s sleep, and want to take the logical next step and get relief permanently from this dangerous health condition, then please contact our Lawrenceville ENT office, or our Johns Creek ENT clinic today and schedule your appointment. By contacting us you can get on the road to better health, better rest, and a happier life!

Tinnitus Treatment for Lawrenceville and Johns Creek, GA. Residents

Maybe it’s a rushing river, a bee buzzing, or a high-pitched ringing that you just can’t seem to shake. Regardless of how you would describe the ringing or buzzing in your ears, it is frustrating, annoying, and shouldn’t be there.

If you have experienced any of the above sensations over an extended period of time, then you may be suffering from a condition known as chronic tinnitus, which is present in roughly 5-10% of the adult population in the United States according to the Healthy Hearing Foundation page on tinnitus.

At Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat, PC (locations in Lawrenceville and Johns Creek, GA.) we offer tinnitus treatment for patients who suffer from chronic ringing in the ears.

Why Does Tinnitus Occur?

Anyone can be diagnosed with chronic tinnitus, with the most common suffers being older men (as there is a strong correlation between chronic tinnitus and some level of hearing loss). However, individuals male or female, young or old can experience sporadic episodes of tinnitus that over a period of time can turn into an ongoing problem.

In addition to the age and gender factors, the next most common cause of tinnitus is the level of noise a person is exposed to over a long period of time. Some common reasons people suffer from tinnitus are due to work conditions (construction jobs, factory workers, etc.) and lifestyle choices (attending loud concerts and events, or shooting guns) which can lead to damaged hearing, and an increased risk for tinnitus symptoms to manifest themselves.

How Can Tinnitus Interrupt my Daily Life?

If you are a tinnitus sufferer, then you have probably experienced some of the following:

  • Being annoyed at the ringing in your ears, and unable to settle down or relax as a result.

  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

  • Having a difficult time concentrating or focusing on specific tasks because of the distractions caused by tinnitus.

  • Experiencing anxiety or depression, wondering if your condition will ever get better.

These are classic signs of a tinnitus sufferer, and if you are experiencing any of these issues then we encourage you to contact one of our offices (contact our Lawrenceville office here, or our Johns Creek office here).

What Treatment Options are Available?

Non-invasive tests may be performed in order to determine the underlying cause of your tinnitus, which is not always apparent with a standard physical examination.

Our ENT physicians may recommend balance testing, a hearing loss test, or an imaging procedure (such as a CT scan or x-ray) in order to get a more thorough understanding of what is going on in your body.

What Should I Do?

If your tinnitus is severe to the point that it is interrupting your daily life and having a significant impact on your quality of life, then we encourage you to contact us today in order to schedule your appointment.

Our doctors work with patients suffering from tinnitus each and every day, and may be able to help you find relief. Give us a call today at one of our convenient locations to schedule your tinnitus appointment!

How to Prevent Fall Allergies: Stop Them Before They Start

It’s that time of year again. The mornings are noticeably cooler, and fall is just around the corner. Before long the leaves will turn into a beautiful color palate of orange, red and yellow.

While this is a beautiful time of year, millions of allergy sufferers around the United States dread what is to come: fall allergy season. At Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat, we want to help you stop your allergies before they start, and in this article, we are going to show you exactly how to do that.

Here are 4 things you can do to prevent fall allergies, or mitigate the effects your allergies have on your overall health and well-being.

Keep your filters clean

Keeping your air conditioning, furnace, and ducts clean is essential to reducing allergies. Over time, allergens can build up on filters, wreaking havoc on your sinuses. In addition, using a home air filtration system may help reduce the amount of allergens you are exposed to within your home.

Don’t let leaves sit in your yard too long

Wet leaves are a breeding ground for mold, and many fall allergy sufferers are allergic to mold spores. Therefore, have someone who is not allergic to mold to clean the leaves out of your yard, or if you must do it yourself, wear a mask to prevent inhaling excess allergens.

Keep pets out of the bedroom, even if you are not allergic to them

While your dog or cat may be like a child to you, if they are causing you problems and disrupting your quality of life, consider making the bedroom a no pets zone. Almost all pets spend some time outdoors, even if it is only for a few minutes a day. Pets can easily pickup pollen in their fur, and cause an allergic outbreak even if you are not allergic to your pet.

Find out the root cause of your allergies

The best way to avoid fall allergies this season is to undergo allergy testing. At Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat, we provide allergy testing services for patients of all ages.

We frequently test patients for mold and ragweed allergies, as well as a wide variety of other grass, tree, and weed allergens. You don’t have to dread the coming autumn months…get tested.

What should you do now?

When you visit one of our office locations in Lawrenceville or Johns Creek our team will test you for a wide variety of allergens that could be causing you problems in the fall or year round.

After your test results come back, our ENT doctors will sit down with you to discuss treatment options and give you their medical expertise on how to minimize or nullify the effect these allergies have on you.

So don’t wait–give one of our offices a call and schedule your allergy testing appointment. It’s time to have an allergy-free fall. Contact us today!

Problems Smelling? If You Can’t Smell Anymore Read This

Does it feel as if you’ve lost your sense of smell? Has your spouse, child, family member or friend asked, “Do you smell that?”

If your answer is oftentimes, “No I can’t,” then it may be time to visit one of our otolaryngologists at Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat in order to determine what is causing your smelling problems.

A smelling disorder is typically caused by an underlying problem, which is why it is important to visit one of our ENT locations in Lawrenceville or Johns Creek, GA in order to be evaluated by one of our doctors. Once we understand what is causing your problems, we can help you smell again.

What are smell disorders?

When talking with someone who has lost their sense of smell, it is important to make the distinction between individuals who have lost their sense of smell partially (hyposmia), and those who have completely lost their ability to smell anything (anosmia).

Hyposmia is a more common condition than anosmia, but we see and treat the underlying causes for both conditions at Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat.

What causes a person to lose their sense of smell?

Most of the time a root cause can be determined, but this is not always the case. In some circumstances, the reason for the loss of smell is a mystery, even after a variety of medical conditions known to cause hyposmia and anosmia are ruled out.

Here are a few of the most common reasons that lead people to say, “I can’t smell anymore.”

  • Recent head injury such as a concussion

  • Upper respiratory system infection or sickness

  • Sinus infections (long term, chronic sinus infections are often the culprit)

  • Tumors or polyps in the nasal cavities

  • Changes in hormone levels

  • Exposure to chemicals (are you exposed to chemicals consistently at work?)

  • Some medicines have been linked to a loss of a person’s sense of smell

  • Head and neck cancer radiation treatment can cause a decreased sense of smell

If you have experienced a loss in your sense of smell, it could be due to one of the conditions above. This is why it is important to schedule an appointment with an ENT as soon as possible (we have locations in Johns Creek, and Lawrenceville, GA).

Is losing my sense of smell a serious health concern?

It depends on the underlying root cause. In some cases losing your sense of smell is due to a recent infection of the upper respiratory system or sinus cavities, which is easily treated. Once your infections subside, your sense of smell should return.

However, it would be dangerous and irresponsible to assume that losing your sense of smell is nothing serious. It can be a sign of a tumor or polyps, and thus any loss of smell should be evaluated and serious conditions ruled out.

Also, losing your sense of smell can be an early warning signal for a variety of conditions that you may not think are related. In fact, conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, and more could be linked to problems with your sense of smell.

How are these problems diagnosed and treated?

Regardless of what is causing your difficulty smelling things, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Just as with any medical issue, early detection is key.

If you have experienced a reduction in your ability to detect certain odors, or cannot seem to smell anything at all, then we encourage you to contact one of our Northeast Atlanta ENT offices today to schedule an appointment.

You can reach us in Johns Creek at 770-623-1608, or in Lawrenceville at 770-237-3000. Or you can contact us online here to setup your appointment.

Don’t wait to seek treatment for a potentially serious issue that is not going to resolve itself. Contact us today!

Deviated Septum Surgery in the Atlanta, GA Area

Do you experience recurring nosebleeds? Or how about nasal congestion that includes difficulty breathing (usually worse on one side), or recurring sinus infections? If you or someone you know have experienced any of these symptoms, then there is a possibility it could be due to a deviated septum.

At Northeast Atlanta Ear Nose & Throat, we have two convenient locations in the Atlanta area (Lawrenceville & Johns Creek, GA) where we perform deviated septum surgeries for patients if surgery is the best treatment for their case.

I can’t possibly have a deviated septum, can I?

Many people think a deviated septum only occurs after some form of a major trauma (such as a car accident). However, this is not always the case. In fact, not everyone with a deviated septum experiences the above symptoms. Surgery to fix a deviated septum (known as a septoplasty) is typically not performed unless the condition worsens over time and surgical correction is the most viable alternative.

How does a deviated septum occur?

A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum dividing the nostrils evenly shifts away from the center, thus causing one side of the nasal cavity to become obstructed. Difficulty breathing through the nose is one of the most common reasons people seek treatment for a deviated septum, and oftentimes the deviation from the center will cause drainage issues that result in recurring sinus infections.

If you are experiencing difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils, and experience chronic sinus infections, then making an appointment with one of our ENT offices in the Atlanta area would be a great first step to get on the road to recovery and to experience clear breathing. Even if you are not suffering from a deviated septum, we can help diagnose what is causing your sinus problems.

What to expect at your appointment

If you decide to contact us and schedule an appointment, we want you to be prepared for your visit with us! Here are a few things that one of our doctors will go over with you during your evaluation:

  • Discussion of symptoms

  • Questions regarding any past trauma you may have experienced in the nasal region

  • An examination of the nasal septum, including positioning of the septum and thorough examination of both nostrils.

Are there any non-surgical treatments for a deviated septum?

Certain medication may be prescribed to try and clear up your symptoms, but these are often just a temporary fix. A septoplasty is the preferred surgery for a deviated septum, as it is a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure that typically can be completed in just 1-2 hours. The procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving minimal signs of surgery.

Depending on the severity of your case and the exact cause of your symptoms, a septoplasty may be combined with other surgeries (each case is different, and thus an appointment is needed to determine exact treatment).

What should I do now?

Whether you have a deviated septum or another condition causing your symptoms, it is important to seek medical treatment, as these issues typically do not resolve themselves.

If you do not have a deviated septum, but are experiencing many of the issues associated with it, then our doctors will work with you to get to the root of your problem, and provide appropriate treatment so you can get relief from your symptoms.

You can contact our Lawrenceville office here, or our Johns Creek location here to schedule your appointment.

We want to help you, so give one of our offices a call today. We look forward to seeing you, treating you, and helping you get your life back. Contact us today!