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Dr. Alen Cohen

ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
West Hills, CA
15 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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Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

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Blue Shield of California

MultiPlan, Inc

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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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Likely: Wow its very rare to have both together. Yes ultimately will likely need surgery, but should discuss with endocrinologist first.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Yes and no: 2 options at this point depending on your exam and ct sinus scan results. One is in-office balloon sinuplasty and the other is minimally invasive imag... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: We recommend biopsying any thyroid nodule over 1cm to make sure not cancerous. So i would not worry about your 5mm nodule but just have an ultrasound ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Should be fine: I usually say its ok to wear glasses after 3 days.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Rarely : Those types of thyroid cancer are well-differentiated types and rarely spread out of the thyroid gland and usually carry an excellent prognosis with o... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
No: Sudafed is mainly a nasal decongestant to help dry your nose up and help out breathe better. Albuterol helps open up you bronchioles in the lung so y... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Consultation needed: It appears that you have a blockage on one side of the nose compared to the other. This can be caused by a deviated septum, nasal polyp, nasal mass or... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Allergies or reflux : Most likely postnasal drop from environmental allergies or reflux in throat. An ENT would be able to diagnose and treat you appropriately.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Chronic inflammation: It is a chronic inflammation of the nasal and sinus cavities that results in recurrent sinus infections, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, sinus pain/... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Likely allergies: Your at notions except for the frequent urination sound like environmental nasal allergies. I would take over the counter Claritin or zyrtec for 2 wee... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: Some nodules are observed, some are recommended to be removed via a hemithyroidectomy or total thyroidectomy. All nodules over 1 cm need to be evalua... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Avoid certain meds: Only way to prepare is to avoid blood thinners like aspirin, motrin, advil, fish oil, vitamin E and various herbal products for one week before surger... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Labs and FNA: Any thyroid nodule over 1 centimeter deserves the attention of a thyroid specialist, either an endocrinologist or thyroid surgeon. They will recommen... Read More
A 76-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
1 week: Depends who does your surgery and how it's done and how much work is required. For example with balloon sunuplasty, my patients are back at work the n... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Not normal: You should see your surgeon as may have a postoperative infection.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Benign: This is a fluid filled thyroid nodule that is degenerating or in other words deteriorating on its own. It's completely benign and not worrisome in mos... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Not really: May have some blood clots for a few days after sinus surgery, it's all normal.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Actually very helpful to clear crusts and help with dryness.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
It's a consideration: This is a decision between you, your thyroid surgeon and endocrinologist. There are pros and cons either way. As a thyroid surgeon, i discuss all of... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
2 weeks: I usually recommend my patients to avoid exercising and heavy lifting for two weeks following thyroid surgery.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: Recovery can vary depending on your surgeon and technique used. It can be very simple without packing and minimal pain with an in office balloon sinu... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
For a short time: Usually after a pararhyroidectomy the blood levels of calcium of a patient are low until the other glands remaining wake up and produce sufficient lev... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Variable: Usually the days you are packed are rough because only breathing by mouth. I only pack one night so i try to minimize discomfort for my patients. On... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Sudafed: Sudafed 30 mg tablets is what i recommend to my patients. Usually tell them to take 2 every 6-8 hours to get the most relief.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
None: There is no added radiation during the surgery. Your images from the last ct scan are loaded onto the stealth system and used to keep the surgeon away... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Children's Claritin (loratadine): I would take over the counter children's Claritin (loratadine) for a week and see if the symptoms go away. If not discuss with your pediatrician.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Not that harmful: We just recommend that patients avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting because of the risk of bleeding for 10 days after surgery. Sex falls into t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Most likely yes. : Nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, itchy throat and postnatal drip are common symptoms of allergies. This is one of the worst aller... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Yes a very good and strong antibiotic for sinus infections. Usually a second line antibiotic for resistant cases.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Need to see ENT: It is not normal to get recurrent infections after sinus surgery. Need to be scoped in the office and cultured and see what's going on. May even need ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Ignore: The best way to deal with a deviated septum is via outpatient surgical repair in under an hour!
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 15 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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Aug 9, 2014
Great answers. Thank you!
Dr. Mo Li
Aug 30, 2017
jjjljo
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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
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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.
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Thanks so much. Am using avil tablets when ever I suffer dust allergy (nose irritation, running nose, frequent szeeze). Please advice.
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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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