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Dr. Armstrong featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch Article: ‘Simple procedure to treat sinusitis now covered by major insurers in Richmond’


Twelve years after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a procedure that can help patients with sinusitis is finally accepted by all the major insurance carriers in Richmond. Anthem was the last insurer to begin considering balloon sinus dilation medically necessary earlier this month, said Dr. Michael Armstrong with Richmond’s Ear, […]

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Ask the Doctor: Using CPAP with a Stuffy Nose


Q: I have sleep apnea. How can I use CPAP with a stuffy nose? A: Nasal congestion is one of the most common reasons that patients with obstructive sleep apnea fail to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. Positive airway pressure is prescribed to hold the airway open by preventing collapse of the soft […]

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Ask the Doctor: Thyroid Ultrasound


Q: Should I have a thyroid ultrasound? A: Not unless you notice a mass, swelling or discomfort in your lower neck. Otolaryngologists, dentists, and primary care physicians routinely examine the neck for evidence of head and neck cancer.  In the absence of obvious tumors, there is no evidence that specifically screening the thyroid for cancer […]

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Ask the Doctor: Anesthesia Safety for Young Children


Q: Is it safe to give anesthesia to my young child? A: I have often heard anesthesiologists compare the safety of general anesthesia to that of driving an automobile. Driving or riding in an automobile could result in an unexpected, life-threatening accident through no fault of our own. Nevertheless, the chance of such an accident […]

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Ask the Doctor: Robotic Surgery


Q: Will you take it out with the Robot? A: Robotic surgery was introduced in 2009 and has recently become popular for removing certain types of head and neck malignancies, including cancers in the base of the tongue, cancers in the tonsil and oropharynx, and cancers in the thyroid. Robotic surgery is most useful in […]

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — Dr. Armstrong is a Volunteer Physician with AAFPRS FACE TO FACE Program


In honor of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and FACE TO FACE have teamed up to share the following infographic to spotlight the important issue of Domenstic Violence. Dr. Armstrong is a volunteer for the FACE TO FACE program , which provides free […]

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Participate in our Swimmer’s Ear Clinical Research Study


Are you or your child currently experiencing symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear? Richmond Ear, Nose and Throat is seeking volunteers for a clinical research study to evaluate investigational medication for infants, children, and adults with Swimmer’s Ear. Participants may qualify for this study if they are: Are 6 months of age or older Have been diagnosed […]

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When should I stop my anti-coagulation before surgery?


Anticoagulants are commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots in the heart, leg veins and lungs, especially in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation, artificial heart valves, deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.  Anticoagulants will increase the risk of bleeding with any surgical procedure.  The need for anticoagulation should be balanced against the risk of […]

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Dr. Michael Armstrong Receives the 2016 Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award


Based on Dr. Michael Armstrong’s patient ratings and reviews, he has received the 2016 Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award. This award recognizes a doctor who always goes above and beyond to treat their patients with the utmost of kindness. Visit Dr. Armstrong’s profile on Vitals.com  to see patient ratings and reviews.  While you are there, please […]

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Richmond: Sneeziest and Wheeziest City in America


Do you suffer from allergies?  If you live in the Richmond area, you’re certainly not alone!  The Natural Resources Defense Council recently named Richmond the “sneeziest and wheeziest” city in the United States, based on its combination of ragweed pollen and ozone smog.  Also named in the top 5 were Memphis, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and […]

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