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Dr. Rodney Diaz

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sacramento, CA
23 years experience

Locations

Office

Sacramento, CA

Address

2521 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 7200, Dept of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
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About

Bio

- College - Cal Astrophysics 1995 - Med School - UC Davis School of Medicine 1999 - Internship - UC Davis Medical Center Dept of General Surgery 1999-2000 - Residency - UC Davis Medical Center Dept of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2000-2004 - Fellowship - Michigan Ear Institute, Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery, 2004-2006 - Faculty at UC Davis Medical Center since 2006

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

44 Answers
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Acoustic neuroma: The longer you wait, the more risk you place the facial nerve when you finally need to remove the tumor. If hearing is gone, why operate? It will no... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Gk can be a great treatment option for an. Many times it is not. It depends on the size and location of tumor, how quickly it's growing, risks of su... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Usually not: Recurrence usually means some tumor was left behind and not removed from the first surgery. This can occur if a lot was left behind (macroscopic resi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Not usually: Not from nose itself. But if you had adenoidectomy with tonsillectomy, some risk for nose bleeds. If you are actively bleeding from nose or mouth af... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Lots of stuff on the market, but none that I have seen work.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Generally not as good as if all the cancer were removed. This one is highly variable based on the exact type of head and neck cancer, its stage, wher... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Often does: Not always but often. Depends on the ear, wide ear canals, less of a problem. Narrow ear canals - definitely a problem. Make sure to keep routine f... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Bad idea, can cause significant irritation and even infection from skin breakdown.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery: If obvious external deformity, surgery is probably best option. If newly broken and still swollen and no obvious external deformity, you could chance... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Many: There are many different surgeries (and non-surgical procedures) for menieres. Some are destructive, some are non-destructive. They all have their p... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Make sure that it's just motion sickness you have and not another problem with balance or vertigo. Some causes of vertigo can be cured or treated ver... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Vestibular system: Some people have more sensitive vestibular system than others, amplifying perception of movement. Others have extremely weak vestibular system, makin... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Hearing loss only: Acoustic neuromas usually cause only hearing loss on the side they are growing and dysequilibrium / imbalance. If they are very big, they can sometim... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery or radiation: All can be treated by surgical resection or removal. Small and medium ones can be treated with radiation, typically "stereotactic radiosurgery" or ga... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Many things: Many potential causes for this constellation of symptoms. See an otologist/neurotologist. Also consider seeing a neurologist.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, but your hearing loss could be either conductive or neurosensory. If neurosensory, can't be fixed surgically and hearing aid is your only option... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Tinnitus: Chronic tinnitus has many causes, but commonly is associated with damage to the inner ear and/or associated hearing loss, and the brain's method of co... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Chronic - no: Most people will develop intermittent tinnitus, and many notice it even as teenagers. Chronic persistent tinnitus at this age is uncommon.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Tracheostomy?: Different kinds of "trachea tube", but i'm assuming you mean tracheostomy. For this, general anesthesia (usually), small incision in front of neck, j... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Semantics: Both are operations to fix the ear drum. Myringoplasty is typically used to describe minor procedures to patch a small hole in the tm (say from a tub... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Technically no. Not in the brain, and not cancer. But it often has to be removed through a craniotomy, like some types of brain cancer, and it grows... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Every ear different: Ears are all different, some produce more wax than others or are narrower or wider than others. Both ears produce wax, as is normal, you are just not... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Depends on "minor": How minor is "minor"? If no symptoms whatsoever, no change in appearance of the eye or eye socket, no vision changes, no double vision, and the only ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe TMJ: Tmj is one of most common causes of ear pain. This is "referred pain": feels like ear pain, but generated from something else.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe ETD: Maybe eustachian tube dysfunction - not being able to clear ears ("pop" them open) when diving. Divers need to clear your ears every 5-10 feet of div... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Not typically, but the two can be related, particularly with congenital malformations of the inner ear.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Chronic or OSA: Recurrent or chronic tonsillitis / throat infections, especially if affecting school / work attendance or performance, or (in young children) for obst... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Bad idea, loud music will make worse and may cause permanent hearing loss. Listen at a reasonable level, loud enough that the music masks or covers t... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Soft foods for 3-4 weeks post tonsillectomy is safest.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Infection: Shower or pool water - probably nothing, maybe infection. River, lake, ocean - definitely infection.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Not from the air conditioning itself, but maybe allergens that are being blown around by your a/c in the ductwork or in the house.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Needs surgery: Fracture of the bones of the orbit (eye socket), usually downward into the maxillary sinus (cheek). Usually needs to be fixed surgically.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Severe vertigo: Severe vertigo is very noxious stimulation, often causes significant nausea and vomiting, also can cause vasovagal type responses in some people.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Potential badness: Potentially serious complications, including meningitis, brain abscess, permanent hearing loss, death. Caveat: "mastoiditis" diagnoses radiographica... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Don't: For vast majority of adults and children, wax will come out on its own and you just need to wipe away wax that you see on the outside of the ear, no n... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Different for each: No single best treatment for md, there are many treatments available because not every treatment is right for every person. Most would agree that if ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Not really: All meds for motion sickness do, including bonine / meclizine. If you know ahead of time, ask your pmd for scopolamine patch, this helps some people ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Side effect: Very common side effect of all motion sickness pills.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
1-4 weeks: Anywhere from 1-4 weeks. Sometimes residual dysequilibrium for several months. Neurosensory hearing loss is almost always permanent.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Bonine: Bonine / Meclizine helps. Try ginger. Fresh ginger (chewed, don't have to swallow pulp!) or extract helps many people.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: This should get better with time. By 3-4 weeks postop, you should be feeling better.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Pain!: If you do this too often or too deep without clearing, you can rupture your ear drum or seriously injure your ears. Clearing ears is a must for diver... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: The majority cause unilateral or asymmetric hearing loss as the first and sometimes only symptom. This hearing loss is always permanent.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Almost never causes pain; if very large, can cause numbness over the face though.

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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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Was hospitalized too any too large both kidneys involved one not funct
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Can't wait to enjoy ice cream after my tonsillectomy on Thursday!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Davis School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1999MD

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