Living with chronic ear, nose, or throat problems can be incredibly frustrating. For many, seeking the expertise of an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist becomes the ray of hope they desperately need. In this testimonial blog, we dive into the experience of Mike “The Pool Man” Kane- a local New Albany business owner, and a patient who underwent several in-office ENT procedures, highlighting his journey to finding relief and improving his quality of life. Mike kindly gave us permission to share his story.

Meet Mike “The Pool Man” Kane

Mike, with his years of experience and passion for pools, has earned a reputation as a trusted and knowledgeable pool specialist in the Kentuckiana area. His deep understanding of pool systems, combined with his commitment to customer satisfaction, sets him apart from the rest. As you can imagine, Mike’s job has him outside quite often through the warmer months especially when seasonal allergies can often peak.

“Serving Kentuckiana since 1998, Pool Man is a family-owned and operated business that provides quality products and services related to the pool and spa industry. Pool Man offers a variety of services for pools and hot tubs including openings and closings, weekly maintenance, pool equipment repair, liner replacements, inspections, inground installations, and rehab work. In addition to this, the company also has a retail store where they sell above ground pools, hot tubs, chemicals, equipment, parts, accessories, and other recreational items.”

If you are in the market for a pool or pool-related services, we highly recommend The Pool Man! You can learn more at

The Quest for Answers

Mike had sought treatment for his allergies, but was still experiencing recurrent sinus infections and persistent ear issues for as long as he could remember. The constant discomfort and pain took a toll on his daily life. Frustrated and determined to find a solution, he began his search for an experienced ENT specialist.

After thorough research and recommendations from trusted sources, Mike found Dr. Kakarlapudi, here at Advanced ENT and Allergy. Dr. Kakarlapudi is renowned for his expertise and passion for in-office procedures. Advanced ENT and Allergy offers a range of in-office procedures to diagnose and treat various ear, nose, and throat conditions. These minimally invasive treatments offer a less painful, and often cost-effective solution for patients.

Over the years, Mike has had several in-office procedures to improve his quality of life. Here are several of the procedures Mike had at Advanced ENT and Allergy, and the impact they had on his upper airway.

Balloon Sinuplasty – Clearing the Pathways

To address Mike’s chronic sinus issues, Dr. Kakarlapudi recommended a Balloon Sinuplasty. This minimally invasive procedure involves inflating a small balloon in the blocked sinus passage to widen it, facilitating better drainage. Most patients experience immediate relief from sinus pressure.

During the procedure, an ENT physician inserts a small, flexible catheter with a balloon at its tip into the affected sinus cavity. Once the catheter is positioned correctly, the balloon is gently inflated, which expands the narrowed sinus passage, creating a wider opening. This inflation process helps to remodel and reshape the sinus cavity without removing any bone or tissue.

By opening the blocked sinus passages, balloon sinuplasty facilitates improved drainage and ventilation. The widened sinus openings allow mucus to flow freely, reducing congestion, relieving pressure, and promoting healing of the sinus lining.

Balloon sinuplasty provides a breakthrough solution for those living with the debilitating symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Through its minimally invasive approach, the procedure offers a safe and effective way to alleviate nasal congestion, facial pain, and other discomforts associated with chronic sinusitis. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, consult with an ENT specialist to explore whether balloon sinuplasty may be the right treatment option to help restore your sinus health and improve your overall well-being.

VivAer- Minimally-Invasive Nasal Airway Remodeling

Mike also had the Vivaer procedure- a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment for nasal airway obstruction. It is designed to address nasal congestion and improve nasal breathing by targeting and reducing soft tissue obstruction in the nasal passages.

During the Vivaer procedure, a specially designed handheld device is used by an ENT specialist. The device delivers low-temperature radiofrequency energy to the nasal tissues, causing controlled and precise modifications to the soft tissue structures that contribute to nasal obstruction.

Benefits of the Vivaer procedure include:

  1. Non-surgical: As a minimally invasive procedure, the Vivaer technique eliminates the need for incisions or invasive surgery, resulting in minimal discomfort, scarring, and downtime.
  2. Minimally invasive: The procedure is minimally invasive, with most patients experiencing only mild discomfort or pressure during and after the treatment.
  3. Quick recovery: Since there are no incisions or sutures involved, recovery time is generally faster compared to traditional surgical interventions. Most individuals can resume normal activities within a day or two.
  4. Improved nasal airflow: By targeting the soft tissue obstructions within the nasal passages, the Vivaer procedure aims to alleviate nasal congestion and improve nasal breathing, leading to enhanced overall nasal airflow.
  5. Personalized treatment: The Vivaer procedure can be customized to address each patient’s specific anatomical variations and nasal obstruction concerns, allowing for tailored treatment plans.

It’s important to note that the Vivaer procedure is not intended to treat all causes of nasal obstruction. It is typically suitable for individuals with certain soft tissue obstructions within the nasal passages, such as nasal valve collapse or nasal turbinate hypertrophy. A consultation with an ENT specialist is necessary to determine whether the Vivaer procedure is a suitable treatment option based on an individual’s specific condition and needs.

Eustachian Tube Dilation: Finding Relief from Chronic Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Mike also had experienced chronic ear infections and ear pressure and pain for as long as he could remember. Mike had an in-office procedure called Eustachian Tube Dilation for Chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction. This is a frustrating condition, causing symptoms such as ear pressure, muffled hearing, and recurrent ear infections. Fortunately, advancements in medical technology have led to this minimally invasive procedure, known as eustachian tube dilation.

The Eustachian tubes are narrow passages that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat, helping to equalize pressure and drain fluids from the middle ear. Eustachian tube dysfunction occurs when these tubes become blocked or fail to open and close properly, leading to a range of uncomfortable symptoms.

Eustachian tube dilation is a minimally invasive procedure designed to improve the function of the Eustachian tubes. It involves the use of a small, flexible balloon catheter that is inserted into the Eustachian tube opening in the throat. Once in position, the balloon is gently inflated, which helps to dilate and open the blocked or dysfunctional Eustachian tube.

The Journey to Better Health

Mike’s journey through multiple in-office ENT procedures with Dr. Kakarlapudi was transformative to his health and wellness. As you can imagine, it has also improved his comfort and health while working outside around constant allergy triggers. Mike, thank you for being willing to share your story with us! Our goal is always that patients receive life-changing treatment, as Mike did.

Mike "The Pool Man" Kane and Dr. Vasu Kakarlapudi

Mike “The Pool Man” Kane and Dr. Vasu Kakarlapudi

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