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Dr. Kridel Receives Multiple 2012 Top Doctor Honors

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Dr. Kridel & Dr. Sturm Receive 2013 Top Doctor Honors

Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, MD, continues to be recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons for his exceptional facial plastic surgery skills and quality patient care. Already one of the most highly honored surgeons in Houston and in his specialty of facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kridel has been named by peers and patients to numerous prestigious 2013 Top Doctor lists.

Dr. Kridel has been named a 2013 Castle Connolly Top Doctor and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor: Southeastern Texas for the third year in a row. Each year, Castle Connolly surveys thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals and asks them to identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation. They follow an extensive screening process to identify the top doctors and to provide consumers with detailed information in the Castle Connolly Top Doctors printed guides, online directories and published features. Check out more about the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award process.

From 2005-2013, Dr. Kridel has also been designated a Super Doctor in Texas Monthly’s annual Super Doctors list. Candidates are selected based upon surveys of physicians, a medical panel review and additional research analysis. Key Professional Media performs the process, with the goal of finding doctors who have acquired both a “high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” Super Doctors explains the process here used to nominate Dr. Kridel.

Through an additional peer-review process, Dr. Kridel has been selected as a “Best Doctor”, a prestigious roster that represents the top five percent of experts across more than 400 specialties and subspecialties of medicine across the nation. It is the fourth year in a row that Dr. Kridel has received the distinguished award. Best Doctors was founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School affiliated physicians with the purpose to provide patients with access to the best minds in medicine. More information about Best Doctors is available here.

In addition to these recent 2012 accolades, Dr. Kridel has received numerous prestigious honors and awards throughout his years in practice, including the two highest honors from the “Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ” – The F. Mark Rafaty Award for surgical excellence and the William K. Wright Award. You may also want to read about Dr. Kridel’s additional awards and publications posted here on the site

H-Texas Magazine voted Dr. Kridel as a Houston’s Top Doc for 2013 – an honor he has received annually since 2006. H-Texas Magazine also named FPSA Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm, as a 2013 Houston Top Doc. It is the first year Dr. Sturm has been eligible for this honor- a significant achievement as a new associate to FPSA. Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the “Top Doc” honor based upon votes from both physicians and patients. Check out the Top Doc listing for Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm in the Spring issue of H-Texas Magazine.

Dr. Sturm has also received the 2013 H-Texas Magazine Top Women in Business award and was featured as a Top Health & Beauty Expert in the July, 2013 Issue of Modern Luxury.

“We are so touched by the kind words and accolades we receive from patients and other surgeons,” reflected Dr. Kridel.

“All of us in the practice are so passionate about providing our patients with the best possible care. We really love what we do”, said Dr. Sturm.

For more information about Dr. Kridel or for more information about Dr. Sturm.

To make an appointment with Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm call 713/526-5665.

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Congrats to Dr. Kridel

Dr. Russell Kridel has been installed as the President of the Harris County Medical Society for 2013. The Harris County Medical Society is the largest county medical society in the United States, representing more than 11,000 Houston area physicians.

He was recently quoted on Page 9 in the January 11th issue of the Houston Business Journal regarding rising health care costs.

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Dr. Kridel’s commitment to the highest standards in medical care continues to inspire us all. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kridel.

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Septal Perforation: A Complex Problem

By Dr. Russell Kridel

What is a septal perforation? It is a hole known as a ‘perforation’ in the nasal septum — the tissue that separates the nostrils in your nose. Many patients are not familiar with this insidious, yet complex problem. It can occur as a result of previous nasal surgery, or as a result of a nasal fracture or other trauma, steroid nasal sprays, drug use and many other causes.

This drawing is an example of a perforation of the nasal septum.

When a septal perforation is present, a patient can have any number of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms that make their daily life much more challenging. Symptoms of a perforation include:

  • Frequent crusting
  • Bleeding
  • Whistling while breathing
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • Some perforations can actually cause collapse of the external nose.

Repairing a septal perforation is also very complex. A perforation in the nasal septum is not just a one-layered hole. It is a hole in the cartilaginous and/or bony portion of the septum that separates your nose into two distinct sides, as well as a hole in both membranes that cover the septum. Unfortunately, I cannot just insert a cartilage graft, because the hole also extends into the covering membranes both on the right and the left sides of the septal cartilage. Therefore, when I repair the hole, I must repair three layers of hole: one membrane on one side, the cartilage in between and then the membrane on the other side.

The surgery to repair the perforation takes approximately three hours under general anesthesia. However, often there are other problems associated with the underlying causes for the perforation. For example, in many cases where a septoplasty was done previously, I find that the septum is still crooked and I must not only go through the scar tissue and repair the perforation, but we must go further back and remove further cartilage or bone to make the airway open. This is another procedure. Or there may be additional structural issues which need to be addressed that will require additional time in surgery.

I always reiterate to patients that this is a very difficult surgery that requires a skilled and experienced surgeon in this particular procedure. I have written more than 20 peer reviewed medical journal articles on this subject and given talks all around the world to help other surgeons recognize and treat this problem.

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, they should seek a consultation as soon as possible. Left untreated, a septal perforation can get larger. And the larger the hole, the more difficult it is to close.

For more information about Septal Perforation:


Functional Nasal Surgery (AKA: Septoplasty)

By: Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien

Do you have trouble breathing? And, you are not sure why? Did you have an injury to your nose? Or maybe you had some sort of traumatic impact when you were a young child, but don’t remember the event.

Nasal obstruction or difficulty breathing is one of the most common complaints I see as a surgeon specializing in the head and neck area. And, septal deviation is the most frequent structural cause. As a result, surgical correction of septal deviation is the third most common head and neck procedure in the United States

Certainly, if you injure your nose in an accident, you will quickly notice any difficulty breathing. However, patients often don’t realize they have a septal deviation because they had a nasal injury or traumatic impact when they were very young. Childhood trauma can cause severe nasal obstructive problems in adult life because any degree of septal deviation usually becomes much more pronounced over time.

In rare cases, the septal deviation may be congenital, or simply the way it developed. Trauma to the nose during birth may result in a deviation, as well. Often a patient will have had several incidences of minor trauma that they may or may not remember that cause “microfractures” and result in bending of the septum over time.

Depending on the direction and force of the nasal injury, septal cartilage can fracture horizontally or vertically, with single or multiple fracture lines. Usually, the junction of the bony and cartilaginous septum is the area of greatest deviation due to trauma.

The primary goal of functional nasal surgery is to create open and even passageways on both sides of the nose so that you can breathe in a normal fashion and improve your quality of life. This is a corrective surgical procedure, known as Septoplasty, done to straighten the nasal septum, which is the partition between the two nasal cavities.

Ideally, the septum should run down the center of the nose. When it deviates into one of the cavities, it impedes airflow by narrowing that cavity, and often the inferior turbinate on the opposite side enlarges, which is termed compensatory hypertrophy. Not only can a deviated septum be extremely uncomfortable, but it can lead to nasal obstruction and certainly difficulty breathing.

During a septoplasty, the entire procedure is done on an out-patient basis under general anesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours, not including recovery time. There is very little to no bruising from Septoplasty and patients can resume activity within a week or ten days if turbinates are also repaired. Functional nasal surgery is traditionally covered by all of the multiple insurance carriers that I accept.

Many patients want to improve the external appearance of their nose at the same time as the internal structural repair of the septum. This is known as a Rhinoplasty and is considered a cosmetic, rather than functional, procedure. Insurance does not cover cosmetic nasal surgery, but may cover some functional aspects, like repairing nasal valves which can also improve breathing. If you are considering rhinoplasty, there is the advantage of undergoing anesthesia and recovery just one time and some surgical efficiencies.

There are several factors which need to be taken into consideration when deciding which surgical approach is ideal for your nasal surgery, so it is extremely important to have a thorough examination of your nose. During your consultation, I also perform a special test, called Rhinometry, to measure the degree of the obstruction.

No two noses are alike. The way the septum is crooked is unique to each person. I am passionate about making sure that I tailor a treatment plan specific to each patient so that they can achieve the most successful outcome.

Dr. Kridel Receives Multiple 2012 Top Doctor Honors

In 2012, Dr. Russell Kridel continues to receive the highest levels of recognition for his exceptional facial plastic surgical skills and quality patient care. Already one of the most highly honored surgeons in Houston and in his specialty, Dr. Kridel has been named by peers and patients to several prestigious 2012 Top Doctor lists.

“I am always so humbled by the kind words and accolades from patients and other surgeons. I love what I do. All of us in the practice are so passionate about providing our patients with the best possible care,” said Dr. Kridel.

H-Texas Magazine voted Dr. Kridel as a Houston’s Top Doc for 2012.  He has received this honor annually since 2006. Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the “Top Doc” honor based upon votes from both physicians and patients.

Dr. Kridel has been named a 2012 Castle Connolly Top Doctor and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor: Southeastern Texas. Each year, Castle Connolly surveys thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals and asks them to identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation. They follow an extensive screening process to identify the top doctors and to provide consumers with detailed information in the Castle Connolly Top Doctors printed guides, online directories and published features. Check out more about the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award process

Through an additional peer-review process, Dr. Kridel has been selected as a “Best Doctor” – a prestigious roster that represents the top five percent of experts across more than 400 specialties and subspecialties of medicine across the nation.  It is the third year in a row that Dr. Kridel has received the distinguished award.  Best Doctors® was founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School affiliated physicians with the purpose to provide patients with access to the best minds in medicine. More information about Best Doctors is available here 

From 2005-2012, Dr. Kridel has also been designated a Super Doctor in Texas Monthly’s annual Super Doctors list. Candidates are selected based upon surveys of physicians, a medical panel review and additional research analysis. Key Professional Media performs the process, with the goal of finding doctors who have acquired both a “high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” Super Doctors explains the process here used to nominate Dr. Kridel

In addition to these recent 2012 accolades, Dr. Kridel has received numerous prestigious honors and awards throughout his years in practice, including the two highest honors from the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – The F. Mark Rafaty Award for surgical excellence and the William K. Wright Award.  You may also want to read about Dr. Kridels’ additional awards and publication posted here on the site 

 

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Laser hair removal, is it safe?

December 24th, 2010

Unwanted hairs cramping your style? Shaving, waxing, and hair removal gels of course do the trick, but laser hair removal claims to zap away unwanted fuzz forever. On December 22, health and medical news website MyHealthNews offered a few health-minded pointers before trying it for the first time.

Laser hair removal works by destroying hair follicles when pigment molecules within absorb the energy of a laser beam. But the treatment works best on people with a combination of light skin and dark hair. Until recently, the treatment didn’t work on people with darker skin, states the report, because the pigment absorbed the laser’s energy and resulted in burns. Now new equipment makes treating darker-skinned people possible, but still there is a risk of burns.

Other hair types that don’t hold up well to laser treatments include blonde and gray. But Dr. Russell Kridel, US-based plastic surgeon and laser expert, suggests trying electrolysis, which kills hair follicles by zapping them with a needle that delivers mild electric current.

Pain level for laser hair removal is compared to that of a snap of a rubber band against the skin, but for some, results are mixed. Hair sometimes grows back, but usually thinner and wispier than before.

Want to try something gentler? Threading is most popular for grooming eyebrows, considered the healthiest option because no chemicals are applied, plus it can be done very fast and can damage hair follicles preventing hair growth. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBhboBYxHPA

You can read the entire article here

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/laser-hair-removal-is-it-safe-2168815.html

The Undisclosed Truth on Laser Hair Removal

April 28th, 2010

Dr. Russell Kridel was consulted by Amanda Koehler for Healthy Aging and AdvancedWeb.com this week on his expertise with laser hair removal:

To clear the body of unwanted hair, women have used just about everything: razors, hot wax and even chemical depilatories.

All of these solutions, while successful, need to be repeated to get results. Now, many medical spas and physicians offices are promising more permanent hair reduction with laser treatment. Providing a more long-standing solution, laser hair removal comes with some caveats, nonetheless.

Amanda Koehler spoke with Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kridel to learn more about laser hair removal, including costs and what to expect from a procedure that promises to rid the body of unsightly hair.

You can read the entire article here

http://healthy-aging.advanceweb.com/Patient-Resource-Center/Skin-care-and-Aesthetics/The-Undisclosed-Truth-on-Laser-Hair-Removal.aspx?RPID=51

Rodeo Rhinoplasty Houston Texas 2010Rodeo Rhinoplasty Houston Texas 2010

Surgeons explore new ideal of beauty“Lemme get a gander at that there schnozzle under your Stetson, partner” might be overheard this week in Houston during Rodeo Rhinoplasty, four days of physician training on every aspect of the nose job.

Houston’s racial and ethnic diversity – providing an international range of noses – makes the city an ideal location for a seminar exploring surgical techniques and modern beauty standards, said Dr. Russell Kridel, a Houston plastic surgeon who founded the annual conference last year.

“What we think is beautiful is changing,” he said. “We have to know that so we can achieve what that beauty is. You can’t think that everyone wants to have a long, thin nose.

Read the story here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6909552.html

By CINDY GEORGE
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
March 11, 2010, 10:13PM

 

 

Russ' Renegade Rodeo Rhinoplasty

Rodeo Rhinoplasty Houston Texas 2010

Same-sex couples face higher health costs

By Anya Martin DECATUR, Ga. (MarketWatch) — Each year as the April 15 tax deadline nears, Shane Snowden is reminded how much more she pays for health coverage for her same-sex partner than her heterosexual colleagues pay for their spouses’ benefits.

While exchanging vows doesn’t guarantee access to health insurance, marriage makes having it both more likely and less expensive — if your spouse is of the opposite sex.

Even in states where same-sex marriages are legal, employers may exclude partners from coverage. When they do provide benefits, federal tax laws mean that workers spend more to insure their same-sex domestic partner and children than their heterosexual counterparts do.

Dr. Russell Kridel was mentioned in marketwatch.com for his opinion on health disparities in same-sex partnerships. Dr. Kridel is a member of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health which issues reports on important health topics.

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Dr. Kridel congratulated for a landmark study in the November- December issue of AMA Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery

From the 10th anniversary issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, editor Wayne Larrabee Jr, MD: “Long-term Use and Follow-up of Irradiated Cartilage Grafts in the Nose epitomizes the meticulous clinical observation that we all should strive to achieve in our practices. Russell W. H. Kridel, MD and colleagues performed a meticulous study of 357 patients with a 24-year follow up.  This study by Kridel et al is important not only for the standard it sets in careful clinical evaluation, but also for the importance of the subject.  Their results will cause many to reevaluate the role of irradiated cartilage in their practices.”

Dr. Kridel was recently interviewed by Houston Chronicle’s Ken Hoffman on AM 1560 THE GAME

You may listen to an MP3 of the radio interview here by clicking on the link below:

Interview with Dr. Russell Kridel [mp3]

Ken asks:  “Dr. Russ Kridel, are you there?…  You are just the guy I want to talk to.  I am just fascinated by the whole steroids thing and I understand what steroids do, that they are synthetic and artificial, I understand all that stuff.  Everything I read about human growth hormone, I read about it and I am thinking why is this not sold at CVS over-the-counter right next to the lip balm?  This seems to be a fantastic thing to keep people alive and functioning and vital well into their 70′s and 80′s.  What is wrong with HGH?”

Dr. Russell W. H. Kridel, member of the Council of the American Medical Association Council of Science and Public Health answers these questions and discusses the pros and cons of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Testosterone, steroids, and other anti- aging medicines; possible benefits and risks, and what you can do to stay looking and feeling young.

Nation’s first Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Dr. Kridel has been invited to serve as a participating physician at Methodist’s new Center for the Performing Arts Medicine. This is the first group of its kind to serve the medical needs of performing artists. Dr. Kridel has been involved with caring for the Alley Theatre’s actors for years and is delighted to be a part of this exciting new program.
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or call (713) 394-6088.

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Thanks for making our open house a success! On Saturday, February 26, many of you were able to join us for the 4th in our series of seminars on enhancing your image and self-esteem; “Looking as Young as You Feel” – featuring ideas from the experts on updating your look & your life with new ways to get the improvement you want. For some, cosmetic surgery serves as a way to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. Others seek simple, non-invasive measures which help to slow the hands of time. You can feel better and look younger by incorporating exercise and better eating habits into your daily routine. Topics of discussion included how to maximize results and keep yourself thinner and younger with exercise and diet, – featuring Special Guest DINAH ANDERSON, FITNESS EXPERT.

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