Dr. Alen Cohen

ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
West Hills, CA
16 years experience male

Locations

Southern California Sinus Institute

West Hills, CA

Address

7345 Medical Center Drive, Suite 510, West Hills, CA, US
Directions

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Insurances accepted

Health Net

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About

Bio

Alen N. Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified Head & Neck Surgeon, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is founder and director of the Southern California Sinus Institute. He is among a select group of surgeons in the country who focus on the medical and surgical management of nasal and sinus disorders and has special expertise in minimally invasive surgical options to treat patients with these problems. Dr. Cohen’s passion for minimally invasive surgery has not only deemed him an expert in Minimally Invasive Image Guided Sinus Surgery (MIGSS)™ and Balloon Sinuplasty™ but also has named him Director of the Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Program at West Hills Medical Center, the only program of its kind in the San Fernando Valley and Thousand Oaks regions.

Specialties
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ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Internal Medicine - Allergy

Doctor Q&A

117 Answers
46 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Not usually: Usually the only way to know is by biopsying a thyroid nodule, usually with an ultrasound guided fna (fine needle aspiration).
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Not always : However we do worry about nodules with calcification more than other nodules as a significantly higher rate of being malignant.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Find out the cause: Sinus headaches can often have triggers so it's important to seek an ENT specialist who has experience treating nasal and sinus disorders to help you ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Surgery: A surgery named total thyroidectomy is the mainstay of therapy for thyroid cancer. This may be done with or without a central neck dissection dependi... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Lots on net: The balloon sinuplasty is an excellent procedure for patients with recurrent acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis. However if you have a significant ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: Robitussin dm or Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm are both good for productive coughs. If really severe and unresponsive may consider Codeine based elixirs.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Not usually: Thyroid function does not usually lead to thyroid cancer. Often in most cases of thyroid cancer patients have normal thyroid function.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: Yes the treatment of chronic sinusitis which lasts for more than 12 weeks and is not responding to medical management is often surgery. The surgical ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Migraines: Migraine headaches can cause pain in various parts of the head as well as temporary double vision, light sensitivity, dizziness, ringing in ears, char... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Often none: Thyroid cancer rarely has symptoms, it is usually identified incidentally as a lump in the center of your neck, either discovered by the patient or ph... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
No: Your blood tests can all be completely normal with thyroid cancer. There is absolutely no correlation between your blood tests and thyroid cancer. T... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Options available: I would recommend a combination of a nasal steroid spray, like Flonase or nasonex, (mometasone) and an antihistamine like Claritin or zyrtec. This co... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: Often the only symptoms are sinus pain and pressure esp. With bending over without any concomitant nasal congestion. Should see an ENT for a formal e... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Of course!: Parotid surgery is commonly performed by head & neck surgeons / ents for tumors. There are risks associated with the surgery, but less than 1% of the... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Minimal: Usually there are no symptoms and blood work discovers the condition with elevated calcium and PTH levels. This is a benign condition in over 99% of ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Sinus surgery: Basically it's sinus surgery done with an endoscope through the nostrils to treat recurrent sinus infections or nasal polyps. More details with pictu... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Allergies: So there is a good consensus at this time that chronic sinusitis is caused by inflammation of the lining of the nose and sinuses that often leads to s... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Www.socalsinus.com: I think the surgeon you pick is most important, as they should have extensive experience doing advanced nasal and sinus surgery endoscopically under c... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Slightly higher risk: So if you have a first degree relative with thyroid cancer, you do have a slightly higher risk than the general population. In general it is recommen... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Usually with scopes: During endoscopic sinus surgery your surgeon will use an endoscope an identify the blocked or diseased sinus openings and then will widen those openin... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
5 to 7 days: As a minimally invasive thyroid/parathyroid surgeon, my patients routinely leave 4 to 6 hours after surgery talking, walking and eating without a drai... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Neilmed sinus rinse : The neilmed sinus irrigation kit is the best rinse regimen for chronic sinusitis patients. It is isotonic so your nose and sinuses don't dry out too... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Balloon sinuplasty : In a patient like yourself who is not a good candidate for outpatient surgery, an in-office balloon sinuplasty procedure under local anesthesia would ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
1 week: Usually 1 week to be back at work, but 2-3 weeks to feel 100% and all the swelling to resolve. This can vary depending on the surgeon and his techniq... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
No: It is impossible for chronic sinusitis to cause cancer.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Likely the flu: Sounds like a viral process, most likely the flu. Could also be mono. Need lots of rest and hydration. If lasts more than 10 days should see a doct... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes sometimes: There are some new insights into sinus headaches and their relationship to migraines. The cause of both is different but there is a definite associa... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Consultation needed: You should consult with an ENT who focuses on nose and sinus surgery. He will examine you in the office, possibly scope inside your nose and also may... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Surgery: It's a surgery where a parathyroid adenoma or enlarged parathyroid gland is removed in cases of hyperparathyroidism. In some patients there may be m... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
A procedure: It is a procedure where a camera is used to unblock your sinus openings and remove infection, polyps or mucous that is stuck within your nose and sinu... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
See a doctor: Need to be seen by a doctor as may be bronchitis, walking pneumonia, allergies, sinusitis, asthma etc.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Antihistamines: In general i recommend antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec for most environmental allergies. Very little side effects.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
No way: Sinus infections are caused by bacteria or fungus usually after a prolonged viral upper respiratory infection. No foods can cause a sinus infection. H... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
2-3 weeks: I usually tell my patients to avoid flying for 3 weeks but if out of town patients i allow them to fly as early as 2 weeks after surgery. However i re... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Sudafed : Both will help but sudafed 60 mg every 6 hours helps significantly. If you sinus problems are recurrent and frequent then should see an ENT who speci... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Sinus rinses: Although the best management of chronic postnasal drip is antihistamine pills or sprays as well as nasal steroid sprays, sinus rinses can help too. I ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes definitely : This is a very old thinking by ents who are not very good at nose/sinus surgery. About 30% of polyps are recurrent but not all with good sinus surgery... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Ignore: The best way to deal with a deviated septum is via outpatient surgical repair in under an hour!
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Allergies or viral: This sounds like either an environmental allergy exacerbation or a viral upper respiratory infection. Depends if it developed over a week or two or a ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Few things: Can add sinus rinses and over the counter claritin-d or zyrtec-d to your regimen which will help all the mucus come out and dry you up as well.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Mildly : There is mild discomfort during and after balloon sinuplasty no more than a tooth cleaning or cavity filling at a dentist office. Usually mile sorenes... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: This is an excellent option for patients with chronic sinusitis with little discomfort and can be done in the office user local anesthesia as I perfor... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes it's possible : Any thyroid nodule over 4 cm needs to be removed surgically to make sure not cancerous per ata guidelines. I would still get a fna first before going... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Definitely: Yes a sinus infection can definitely cause a bad smell in the nose. Some will describe it as a sweaty sock smell.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
No: Would be impossible if they did a total thyroidectomy.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Cyst: Like a thyroglossal duct cyst! However could be other growths like cystic papillary thyroid cancer or sebaceous cyst or other things. Need an ultras... Read More
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A 76-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Neilmed Sinus Rinse: Many times people call it sinusitis, but it's simply an allergic exacerbation that is causing one's sinuses to get inflamed and cause pressure and con... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Very short-lived : It should not last very long after removal, unless you've developed a sinus infection from it. Try a neti-pot or sinus rinses twice a day for 3 days, ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Small difference : In balloon sinuplasty we just dilate the natural sinus openings with a balloon. There is no cutting or removal of tissue. In endoscopic sinus surgery... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Not recommended: I don't recommend laser sinus surgery for anyone. Significant risk of scar tissue and problems with lasers in the nose. Balloon sinuplasty is recom... Read More
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Aug 9, 2014
Great answers. Thank you!
Dr. Mo Li
Aug 30, 2017
jjjljo
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
I can't begin to say enough about Dr. Cohen and his expertise in the management of my chronic nose and sinus problems. I went to him after a friend of mine who is a pediatrician went to him for her o...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you! My endo is 2 hrs away so hard to get answers. I was hoping maybe I wouldn't need surgery. But, I'd rather be mentally prepared.
HealthTap member
Thanks so much. Am using avil tablets when ever I suffer dust allergy (nose irritation, running nose, frequent szeeze). Please advice.
HealthTap member
Thank you, I'm still worried. Could calcification of the thyroid be due to hormonal changes. My wife is 40 years old

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Graduated 2001MD

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Awards

America's Top Physicians, Consumers Research Council of America
Patients' Choice Award, Vitals
America's Top Physicians, 2009-2013, Consumer Research Council of America

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Board of Otolaryngology
American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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