Monthly Archives: March 2015

Taking Care of Yourself After Surgery

Taking Care of Yourself After SurgeryWe find it ironic that so many people are afraid of taking the initiative to help themselves because they are scared of the idea of surgery. We find this ironic because not only are many of the procedures we offer non-invasive and virtually painless, but they could potentially save people from much more discomfort than they’d have without doing something about the problem. We invite you to read on in hopes that we can help you understand your options when it comes to several different conditions we treat.

With Balloon Sinus Dilation, you can forget about “going under the knife” because we don’t do any big, frightening incisions. When it comes to Turbinate Reductions, we will be honest about the procedure from start to finish. The surgery is performed same-day, and you may be prescribed drugs afterward to keep the discomfort at a level that is minimal to none. However, many patients will simply return right to work! Even when there are incisions, they are inside the nose where a scar can’t be seen (if it is the cosmetic aspect that makes you most apprehensive). The most common side effect is discharge or slight crusting occurring around the opening to the nostrils for a few days, but that can be eased with the use of a simple humidifier at home.

With our sister branch, CT Sinus Center, you can get more common procedures done if your needs go beyond sinuses. Our ENT services cover such a large portion of the top half of your body that, odds are, you’ll be set after just a visit or two there. We even do tonsillectomies, and as you may have heard already, there shouldn’t be anything to be nervous about when it comes to that… unless you have a fear of ice cream sundaes (as recommended recovery for that includes eating simple, cold, soft foods, and resting… who could complain about that?)

Not EVERYTHING Should Be Green This St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's DayEverywhere you turn lately, you’re seeing green. Both St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring are this week, which means bars and restaurants, shops, and probably even some of your friends have been prepping for the last couple weeks (if not longer). People are excited—they’re eating and drinking green things, wearing green clothes, putting up green decorations in their homes—the works. We know you want to be festive too and join in on the fun, but while you’re trying to out-do each other in “greenness” if you will, just remember this: not everything should be green this holiday.

If you see green or yellow discharge coming out of your nose, it could point to a sinus infection or other issues. Schedule a simple evaluation with us to see what is going on with your nasal passages. We’re finally getting a break from that frigid cold. Very soon there will be no more snow banks causing visibility and traction issues on the roads, and that grimy salt will quit staining your shoes. When there are so many things to be relieved about, you surely don’t want to enter into the coming sunny, spring days feeling down in the dumps. You should be celebrating, as this is the kind of weather that usually lifts spirits and spreads joy—but it is also a time when people tend to have their allergies flare up or sometimes catch colds (which can cause a buildup and progress into a more frustrating sinus condition).

Don’t you want to be able to smell the flowers instead of feeling all clogged up? Wouldn’t you like to be able to celebrate with your friends without the feeling of being in a constant haze (often accompanied by headaches, stuffiness, and facial pain)? We want you to have a nice time this week and this season just as much as you do. When you choose us as your doctors, as much as your impression from other places may be that medical professionals are here to scare you, you will get an expert that actually cares. To us you are patients, not “customers.” We are here to help you and make sure you have the best quality of life that you deserve, without common irritants around you bringing you down.



Meet an ENT: Doctor Martin Spinella

Doctor Martin SpinellaDoctor Martin Spinella is one of the Ear, Nose and Throat doctors here at Westwood ENT. A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Dr. Spinella brings a uniquely personable and local approach to his patients. He personifies our “Patient Centered” atmosphere, as is evident from each patient’s initial consultation. Dr. Spinella sets aside ample time to meet with his patients in order to make sure they are feeling comfortable with everything. All questions are answered; any troubles are eased before anything is done.

A graduate of the University of Vermont, Dr. Spinella was awarded his medical degree from the University of Padova and the University of Bologna in Italy. He served his surgical internship at Waterbury Hospital and his Otolaryngology residency at the University of Vermont. He also holds fellowships with the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and a board certification in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. In addition to his extensive educational background, Dr. Spinella has co-authored several publications that showcases the expertise he brings to each and every patient he sees. A former chairman of the Otolaryngology Head/Neck Surgery Department and the Laser Surgery Committee at Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, Dr. Spinella regularly attends nationwide seminars and conferences on the subject of otolaryngology. Many of these meetings feature Dr. Spinella as a presenting speaker on his knowledge of the field.

Our doctors find it extremely important to ensure that each visit is friendly and positive. Dr. Spinella’s goal at the initial appointment is to make a diagnosis, present options, and work with the patient to establish a proper treatment plan. The explanation often includes graphs, pictorials and handouts, giving the patient a good understanding of the treatment and the goals he or she can expect. Knowing that this expert has nearly four decades of experience further assuages any apprehensions in patients. During this time, he has become known for his caring, conservative approach to patient care. At Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat, we want you to feel excited for your initial meeting with our team as we look to get your life back on track. With Dr. Spinella, you can rest assured that you are not only in good hands, but that your treatment really can be more pleasant than your experiences at other places have lead you to believe!

The Convenient, Easy Way to Book Appointments at an ENT Doctor

The Convenient, Easy Way to Book Appointments at an ENT Doctor


One of the top reasons for people to hesitate when they book appointments is the hassle. Who needs extra stress loaded onto their daily routine? If you already have something ailing you, it’s not fair to go through an additional struggle just to get an appointment to see your doctor. When people become frustrated, they tend to want to put off seeing a doctor. Often, the problem worsens because of it. If you have a condition involving anything ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) related — from hearing loss and speech impediments to the flu and strep—you should come to us not only for our expertise, but because of the convenience of it all. We make the whole process as easy for you as possible. We don’t see you as customers the way other medical offices see their patients… we see you as people.


We understand you and know what we have always found to be annoying when dealing with booking appointments, so we removed those parts. We have offices in several towns across the state so you don’t have to bother driving hours trying to find a specialist. You don’t have to worry about getting lost, because we have easy-to-follow directions on our website. No need to get up extra early just to fill out paperwork, either—our website enables you to print documents at home so you can fill them out in advance. If you’re unable to get to the phone (or just don’t feel like talking), simply schedule an appointment online! When you arrive, you will enter a clean, inviting building with warm, welcoming staff and some of the friendliest doctors that are ready to answer all your questions.


Your days of being afraid to start the process are over. You want to get better, and with all these great amenities provided to you, there is no longer a reason to put off your visit to the doctor. It’s as simple as picking up a phone, getting in your car, or logging onto the nearest computer. Once you sign up with your friends at Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat or CT Sinus Center, you will find the formerly dreaded process of booking appointments has never been easier. Why wait?