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Dr. Dennis Diaz

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Eugene, OR
39 years experience

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Eugene, OR

Address

1200 Hilyard Street, Suite S-620, Eugene, OR
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

124 Answers
15 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: We all have "fungus"in our mouths and tongue but when the oral cavity is healthy it is kept under control. Most cancer treatments of the mouth and th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Tubes are helpful in managing middle ear fluid that does not resolve on its own following barotrauma.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Yes, a person with a tracheostomy can drive a car.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Headache and neck pain are not common symptoms for an acoustic neuroma. Most common symptoms of an acoustic neuroma include asymmetrical hearing loss... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: An injury to the infraorbital nerve can occur with an injury and fracture of the anterior wall of maxillary bone. This would lead to numbness along t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: I am not aware of any good data on the use of hypnotherapy for spasmodic dysphonia. The most effective treatment is the use of botulinum toxin.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: An MRI of the posterior fossa and internal auditory canals with and without contrast (gadolinium) can easily detect the majority of worrisome acoustic... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Intermittent, brief episodes of tinnitus are normal. If it is constant, persists beyond 10-14 days, is associated with a drop in hearing or is unilat... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Labyrinthitis which is an inflammation of the inner ear, by itself does not cause headache.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
4-12 weeks: If can take about 4-8 weeks for the voice to fully recover after laryngitis. If you are a smoker, it can take much longer.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Often the word "nodule" is used to describe various types of growths on the vocal folds. Classic bilateral screamer's or singer's noduels do not turn... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Saliva: Radiation therapy of the head and neck affects salivary flow and the saliva glands. It is this reduction and change in saliva that affects taste.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: I am sure that is possible. I would add that if the tinnitus is present for more than 48 hours or is associated with a concommitent hearing loss or c... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Parathyroid tumors are small and usually don't present as a neck mass. Most parathyroid tumors are discovered following routine lab screening and a e... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Be cautious: I think the safest thing would be to protect that middle ear from water exposure and this can easily be done with an ear plug.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: This is the original technique first described by charles blakley in 1873. Its disadvantages include false-postives, more painful than the prick test... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Not helpful: I am not aware of fluid tablets being helpful for labyrinthitis which is an infection or inflammation of the balance portion of the inner ear. Vast m... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Can be: Prescription neomycin drops can be helpful with external ear infections but there are newer topical ear medicines that have less issues (allergic reac... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Treatments for hoarseness would depend on the cause. The first step would be getting an evaluation of your voice box. This can easily be done by an ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Often does: Ear wax (cerumen) can be trapped and accumulate in the ear canal of some folks who use hearing aids. If the cerumen occludes the ear canal, it will r... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: I wish i could answer yes to this question. There are an assortment of medicines in tradtional and non-traditional medicine that have been tried but ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: You should consider getting a general ear, nose and throat exam with an audiogram to make sure there is no inner ear dysfunction going on, especially ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Challenge: The treatment of head and neck cancer often involves surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotheapy either alone or most often in combination. Most are... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Depends on much tongue has to be removed and what type of reconstruction is performed. Acutely, patients can be fed using feeding tubes. As they rec... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: The parathyroid glands secrete parathyroid hormone which helps to maintain calcium levels. Majority of primary hyperparathyroidism is detected in asy... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: In a small number of people, the inability to adapt to tinnitus can drive them "crazy." tinnitus retraining therapy can be helpful in those situation... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Most acute orbital fractures will develop a black eye.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Helpful: Labyrinthitis is a rare disorder characterized by severe, sustained vertigo lasting more than 7 days associated with hearing loss and always accompani... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: If you don't smoke, use smokeless tobacco or drink alcohol excessively, then chances are those bumps are not cancers. Oral cavity cancers are usually... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
?: I am not aware of any "latest treatment" for tinnitus. It is a very difficult disorder to deal with because we don't have any definitive treatments. ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Vomit center: There are several neural connections present to help maintiain our balance. Unfortunately one of those balance connections goes through the "vomit ce... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Hearing loss: Quiet room, one on one, majority of people with mild noise induced hearing loss will do fine and not notice any difficulty. What you may start to not... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: You can have laryngitis without a sore throat. An evaluation of the larynx (voice box) should be done if laryngitis lasts longer than 4 weeks.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Not necessarily. A lymph node that rapidly enlarges can be painful.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Various surgeries: There are an assortment of surgeries that are available. They can be classified as destructive, conservative or preservative and this is based on pre... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Can be helpful: Keeping the ear free of water and tincture of time is what heals an acute tympanic membrane perforation. A ear plug designed to week water out of the... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Most likely not. Numbness is most likely due to involvement of the infraorbital nerve, which provides sensation to the front part of your cheek. Dep... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Significant head trauma can result in a concussion to the inner ear. Most patients will have complete resolution of balance symptoms but recovery is ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Keep trachs clean: The two most common issues with tracheostomies are infection around the stoma site and obstruction of the tracheostomy tube. Both of these can be min... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Tinnitus: Tinnitus or noises in the ear can be common. They are usually due to ear picking up flow noises and electrical noises that occur in our head every da... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Some balance disturbance or dizziness can be normal following a head injury. Most patients will have complete resolution of symptoms with tincture of... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Labyrinthitis has become a "grab-bag" word for dizziness. A true labyrinthitis usually begins with sudden onset of whirling vertigo. This acute incap... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: You can certainly continue playing sports after an orbital fracture heals or if needed, repaired. Some orbital fractures can lead to blurred or doubl... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Backflow: Backflow of stomach contents (stomach acid and pepsin) into the throat and larynx can lead to inflammation and irritation. This chronic exposure can ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Tinnitus is present in all of us, all of the time but when we have normal hearing and normal ear function it is masked and we aren't bothered by it. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: Sinus disease is the result of the impairment of normal drainage and airflow through the sinuses. The drainage openings can get obstructed by viral i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Each person is different. I have seen some post operative tonsil patients eating the following day and others still having difficulty at 3 weeks. Th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Each surgeon have their own rules about swimming after ear surgery. It also depends on what type of cholesteatoma surgery you had. If it was a canal... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
No: An ear drum perforation opens the middle ear to exposure and it will be the water that can be the irritant and cause problems rather than exposure to ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Diaz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Diaz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for mentioning ear problems as well, I have encountered pain
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This made me feel good. Thanks! you explained it properly, not just a to the point sort of answer
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Happy to hear I can eat ice cream after my tonsillectomy on Thursday!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Florida College of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1983MD

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