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We Welcome Your Visit To Texas Sinus Center

We Diagnose and Treat Causes, Not Just Symptoms

We try hard to treat the causes of and not just the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Years ago it was OK to tell a patient “try this medication and see if it will help”. That was because back then there were not many diagnostic tools to use to help find the causes of chronic sinus problems. As diagnostic techniques have improved, we are much better at determining what is actually causing sinus problems and use treatments tailored to those causes.

Over the years, we have invested in state-of-the-art equipment so we can reach a diagnosis in our office quickly and efficiently. We want to get you on the path to recovery as quickly as possible.

Our in-clinic diagnostic tests include endoscopic exams, allergy testing, and low-dose CT scans. Each of these tests gives us different information about your nose, sinuses and allergies. These tests help us diagnose what may be causing your symptoms. Based on the results, we will recommend allergy treatment, medications, surgery or some combination of all three. Surgery is reserved only for patients for whom medications and allergy treatments have been ineffective. Should surgery become necessary, Dr. Atkins will perform as minimally invasive procedure as possible. As a leading practitioner, researcher, and developer of Balloon Sinus Surgery, Dr. Atkins has extensive experience in these techniques. Although not all patients are a candidate for Balloon Sinus Surgery, it is always Dr. Atkins’ preference to use it whenever possible because it is minimally invasive, saves normal tissue, and allows patients to return to their normal activities faster.

Recognition
Local
  • Honored as one of Scene in S.A. Magazines top Otolaryngologists for the last three years.
National
  • Appointed to the Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 2009. This committee is composed of sinus specialists who help make policy and advise the American Academy of Otolaryngology on sinus related issues.
  • Consultant for Entellus Medical of Minneapolis, MN. a sinus balloon company bringing new sinus technologies to market.
  • Consultant for Stryker medical on sinus technologies.
  • Planning committee of the Foundation for Innovation, Education, and Research in Otolaryngology. This is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting and education doctors on leading edge technology.
  • These connections to industry and thought leaders in his field allows Dr. Atkins to stay “plugged-in” to the latest developments and what they can offer his patients.
Research

Dr. Atkins is actively involved in research on new technologies for treating sinus problems. These research activities give him an opportunity to offer emerging technologies to his patients before they are released to other sinus surgeons. Most of the research is focused on ways to improve balloon sinus surgery.

Recent research and firsts:
  • First use of FinESS, a balloon sinus surgery technique.
  • First use of Xpress, a device for doing balloon sinus surgery.
  • First us of a stapler for closing tissue after septoplasty.
  • First use of MediENT to help prevent scarring after sinus surgery.
  • First clinical use of Propel, a drug eluting stent for use after sinus surgery.
  • Pioneered use of needleless anesthesia for office sinuplasty.
Recent medical publications/posters that Dr. Atkins helped author: