David Volpi, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S.
Address: 262 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Dr. David O. Volpi is a skilled otolaryngologist (also referred to as an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor) with more than twenty-five years of experience in the field. He is based in New York City and operates two private practices in the Upper West Side and Upper East Side of the city. Dr. Volpi is also the founder of eos sleep and eos sinus in New York which specializes in all nasal related issues – from snoring and sleep apnea to sinuplasty and sinusitis.
He is also a Fellow at several nationally recognized medical associations as well as the co-author of the book Wake Up! You’re Snoring…. The extensive knowledge and expertise of Dr. Volpi makes him one of the leading surgeons in his field.
Q: Tell us a bit about your achievements.
Dr. Volpi: I am board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. I have received numerous awards over the years, such as the Patient’s Choice Award. In addition, I have been recognized several times by Castle Connolly in their Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and have been honored with the Compassionate Doctor recognition thrice by Vitals.
My passion is helping people improve their lives. I treat a wide range of sleep disorders including snoring and sleep apnea. Unfortunately, I feel many people are unaware of the potential threats these disorders can pose to an individual and it was with this in mind that I started the eos sleep center. At the center, we strive to serve our patients in an all-inclusive way to deal with their sleeping disorders.
Q: What are some of the treatments that you offer at the eos sleep center?
Dr. Volpi: We have many options available at the eos sleep center. They range from non-invasive treatments such as the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask for patients suffering with sleep apnea to the minimally invasive treatments like palate coblation which uses radio frequency energy in order to make the upper palate stiffer and provides relief from snoring and sleep apnea.
Q: We hear a lot in the news nowadays about the pillar procedure. Can you explain it to us?
Dr. Volpi: Pillar procedure is indeed a treatment that is on the rise. It works like this – small woven implants, which resemble pillars, are placed into the soft palate. Over time, these implants not only stiffen the palate, but they also provide structural support preventing tissue collapse which is a cause of sleep apnea.
It is a quick and minimally invasive procedure. And, the good news is that it is performed in-office under local anesthesia and takes less than thirty minutes to complete.
Q: Interesting. What about treatments for sinus related issues?
Dr. Volpi: Well, for sinus conditions, we offer various treatments including sinusitis surgery, balloon sinuplasty, and turbinate reduction.
Q: Can you give us a brief breakdown of each of these treatments?
Dr. Volpi: Sure! Let’s start with turbinate reduction. Turbinate reduction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which is performed on the nasal turbinates in order to reduce its obstructive size. As a result, the procedure greatly helps in getting relief from nasal congestion and allergies as well as assists with sinus related snoring and sleep apnea.
This process takes less than thirty minutes and is completed under local anesthesia. The improvements can be noticed within the first few days after the procedure, but the full effects are normally achieved after a few weeks.
The next procedure is balloon sinuplasty. This procedure utilizes a wire catheter that has a small flexible balloon attached to it which is inserted into the blocked sinus cavity. The balloon is then slowly inflated which gently stretches the sinus cavity. The opening is then restored back to its original size. Finally, the cavity is sprayed with saline in order to clean out any mucus and pus that is trapped inside.
This procedure, unlike traditional sinus surgeries, does not involve the removal of any tissue or bone. Instead, it is a natural, gentle, and minimally invasive method to open the blocked sinus cavities that cause sinusitis, snoring, and sleep apnea.
Moving on, the next procedure is the sinusitis surgery. This surgery is performed directly through the nostrils where an endoscope is inserted to look into the sinus passages. This helps me locate the blocked areas which are likely obstructed by tissues such as nasal polyps or small amounts of bones. I use special tools to remove the blockages and clear the passageway to allow continuous airflow and normal sinus drainage.
Of the three abovementioned treatments, sinusitis surgery is the most advanced one as it requires more time for recovery and a longer period for the final results to take effect.
The recovery time is generally about seven to ten days and the effects are fully felt a few weeks after the surgery. The procedure itself is safe, has minimal discomfort, and the outcomes are long-lasting.
As you can see, there are many different treatments available for sinus conditions. However, it is crucial to point out that one might not be a candidate for every available surgery or procedure. Therefore, it is important for patients to thoroughly consult with their doctors and explain their specific problems to them.