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Sleep MedicineAllergy and SinusWanda Vila-Carriles
I got used to wake up every morning with a stuffed nose and believed that was the best I was ever going to breath. I always had sinus issues/infections until I met Dr. Ludwick and decided to get an Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Septoplasty and PRITs. I was concerned about having that surgery for years... Read more
Sleep MedicineAllergy and SinusSleep LabAaron Williams
I had been struggling for years with being tired, low energy, and not sleeping well during the night. I had to take naps every day. I felt like I was missing out on life, my wife, and my children due to not having enough energy. About 10 years ago, may primary physician referred me... Read more
Sleep MedicineWally Elarusi
Dr. Ludwick and the rest of the folks at West Houston ENT & Sleep Center were outstanding. Dr. Ludwick is very easy to talk to which makes it so easy to ask questions. I went in with issues of sleep quality and after a few consultations and a poor performance with a CPAP machine... Read more
Sleep MedicineAllergy and SinusTerry Adamson
Dr. Ludwick and staff provided excellent service from the time of the initial visit through a sleep study and corrective applications for mild sleep apnea. The corrective applications involved Septoplasty including a turbinate reduction with sleep endoscopic surgery. Dr. Ludwick’s sleep study facilities were excellent and employed all of the latest technology lending to... Read more
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Sleep MedicineHead and neck surgeryJill Ziegler

I am a patient of Dr. Ludwick’s and have been since October of 2007. He is a very talented diagnostician, extremely knowledgeable, incredibly caring about the being of his patients, and has a grand personality.

I sought out Dr. Ludwick in the fall of 2007. My physical complaint was sinus drainage and a possible ear... Read more

Sleep MedicineJeff Seale

Dr Ludwick changed my life!

My sleep apnea was so bad that I would stop breathing so often and my oxygen level would get so low that many doctors said I would not live past 30 years old if I did not get something done. Enter Dr. Ludwick. Other doctors wanted to take a radical... Read more

Brenda
Sleep MedicineAllergy and SinusSleep LabBrenda Griggs

I became a patient of Dr. Ludwick a while ago, when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was first tested in the hospital facility. It was scary, with all the wires hooked to me, but the staff there was very nice, and I actually was able to sleep. I really didn’t... Read more

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Sleep MedicineSleep Lab Zennetter Durley

If you’re looking for an ENT doctor with a caring nature, patience and a sense of humor, you’ve found him. I was a very impatient (grumpy) person after my surgery (Tonsillectomy, Septoplasty & UPPP). I was very hard to deal with and not a pleasure to be around. I found myself phoning the Dr’s… Read more

Michael Thomas
Sleep MedicineMichael Thomas

After much encouragement from both my wife and finally my family practice physician, I agreed to see an ENT specialist to review options on how to possibly reduce / stop my snoring. I was not getting the rest each night I needed and most days were becoming a challenge to keep my eyes open…Read more

George Olsen
Sleep MedicineSleep Lab George Olsen

Being new to the Houston area, I was very pleased to have found the West Houston ENT & Sleep Center. Dr. Ludwick and his staff provided me with excellent diagnostic services and treatment for my sleep apnea. The sleep lab facility rivals most 5-star hotels and is equipped with start-of-the-art equipment and staff. It… Read more

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Aaron Schaefer

I snored very loudly and I had many interruptions in my sleep because I was not breathing at night. I was exhausted every morning and I always felt like I needed a nap. The staff was friendly, professional, and helpful. The sleep study went ... More

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Charles Eggers

Dr. Ludwick and the entire staff has been outstanding, in every regard! I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone, that is in need of their services! I had sinus issues for many years, with infections becoming worse, and coming often! More

Jeff Seale
Sleep Medicine

Dr Ludwick changed my life!

My sleep apnea was so bad that I would stop breathing so often and my oxygen level would get so low that many doctors said I would not live past 30 years old if I did not get something done. Enter Dr. Ludwick. Other doctors wanted to take a radical approach to my situation by combining several surgeries into one and even breaking my jaw and moving it forward!

Dr Ludwick took a much more conservative 1-2-3 “step” approach to the situation and decided to go one surgery at a time on an as needed basis. I could not have been more thankful for this!

Other doctors wanted to permanently disfigure me just to fix the problem. Dr. Ludwick did not view me as a problem that needed to be fixed, he understood I am a person and always kept my best interest and recovery in mind.

When my insurance company rejected post-surgery overnight ICU observation Dr. Ludwick personally called them and explained why it was necessary. Sure enough, as per Doc’s request, I was able to stay in observation. After being released from the hospital Dr. Ludwick even gave me his personal cell number to call 24/7 if there was any change in my recovery. He takes a great interest in his patients and makes every visit as personable as he can, sometimes even personally answering his office phones without the aid of his secretary.

Before Dr. Ludwick I was always tired, grumpy, and a mediocre student due to my condition. He vastly improved my life! I am no longer sluggish or grumpy and even went on to Sam Houston State University where I graduation with academic recognition.

My quality of life has never been better and I owe all to Dr. Ludwick!

Jeff Seale

Wally Elarusi
Sleep Medicine

Dr. Ludwick and the rest of the folks at West Houston ENT & Sleep Center were outstanding. Dr. Ludwick is very easy to talk to which makes it so easy to ask questions. I went in with issues of sleep quality and after a few consultations and a poor performance with a CPAP machine, he performed uvulopalatopharyngoplasty on me. The recovery was horrible but his assistance made it as good as it could be, but after about 3 or 4 weeks, I felt incredible. No issues sleeping, well, at least compared to before. Just breathing normally during the day become much less difficult which makes life so much easier. Highly recommend going in to see him if you are having any upper respiratory or allergy issues.

Terry Adamson
Sleep MedicineAllergy and Sinus

Dr. Ludwick and staff provided excellent service from the time of the initial visit through a sleep study and corrective applications for mild sleep apnea. The corrective applications involved Septoplasty including a turbinate reduction with sleep endoscopic surgery. Dr. Ludwick’s sleep study facilities were excellent and employed all of the latest technology lending to state of the art analysis for properly diagnosing my problem. Dr. Ludwick did a great job of following up after the surgery and monitoring my recovery. Additional measures were also employed with the use of CPAP and staff supported me to find the right fit of equipment. Overall, Dr. Ludwick has provided excellent quality of care and is always up to speed on the latest technology to offer his patients.

Jill Ziegler
Sleep Medicine Head and neck surgery

I am a patient of Dr. Ludwick’s and have been since October of 2007. He is a very talented diagnostician, extremely knowledgeable, incredibly caring about the being of his patients, and has a grand personality.

I sought out Dr. Ludwick in the fall of 2007. My physical complaint was sinus drainage and a possible ear infection as well as my husband insisting that I be checked for sleep apnea (he said he could hardly sleep because of my snoring).

I was greeted warmly by the office staff and filled out the initial paperwork for a new patient. After a very brief wait I was weighed (Ouch) and ushered into a waiting room. Within minutes I was joined by Dr. Ludwick. He was efficient and asked questions and actually listened to what I was describing. He was not impatient. He seemed to have all the time I needed to vice y concerns and ask my questions. Never once has he made me feel stupid or that I was wasting his time.

The outcome of the exam was that I needed to have a sonogram of my thyroid, a sleep apnea study; he prescribed a sinus rinse and a product called Flonase for my nasal congestion, indicated that I might have acid reflux and started me on Prevacid.

While my sinus and acid reflux were getting better, the news from the first sleep study was that, I did indeed have sleep apnea. It took a second sleep study to ascertain whether I needed a C-Pap or Bi-Pap machine. A Bi-pap was decided upon and I have had almost three years of peaceful, restful sleep. For me, who was not making in into REM sleep, and just thought I was an insomniac; this was a wake up call (pun intended). To sleep six to eight hours every night, to dream again, to wake up rested every morning is an amazing experience. I find that most days I wake up cheerful and look forward to the day. As opposed to dragging my self out of bed and knowing that the day is going to be a pain in the posterior.

As far as my thyroid goes…it’s gone. Dr. Ludwick was right and on January 11, 2008 at West Houston Hospital, he removed it. His stitching (I call it embroidery work) was so remarkable you can’t even see the scar.

In summation:

Would I recommend Dr. Ludwick to my friends? YES, unequivocally.
How high is my level of trust in Dr. Ludwick? VERY HIGH
Do I believe him to be knowledgeable? YES, extremely.
Does Dr. Ludwick treat his patients with respect? Yes, most definitely.
Does Dr. Ludwick take the time to listen and to answer my question fully? YES, always.
Is his office staff friendly, courteous, and efficient? Yes, with out exception.

Jill Ziegler

Aaron Williams
Sleep MedicineAllergy and SinusSleep Lab

I had been struggling for years with being tired, low energy, and not sleeping well during the night. I had to take naps every day. I felt like I was missing out on life, my wife, and my children due to not having enough energy. About 10 years ago, my primary physician referred me for a sleep study. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed a CPAP. After a couple of years on the CPAP, the problems had not improved. I was still tired, had low energy, and still not sleeping well during the night. I had now developed anxiety.

My primary physician referred me to another surgeon and that surgeon recommended an operation to correct my deviated septum. Unfortunately, the surgery didn’t correct my problem. I still could not breathe freely through my nose. I struggled for another 5 years with this problem. Out of desperation, I discussed my problem with my primary physician again and he referred me to Dr. Ludwick. Due to the lack of success with my last surgeon, I was ambivalent about visiting with Dr. Ludwick. Nevertheless, the lack of quality life with myself, my wife, and my children motivated me to make an appointment.

I was totally impressed during with my first visit because he asked me questions about my condition that I should have known the answers because I had a previous surgery, but I didn’t know the answers. I was not as informed about my condition and my last surgery as I should have been. When Dr. Ludwick discovered that, he PATIENTLY educated me verbally and visually. He explained concepts where I could understand them. He even showed me on the computer where I could actually see the problem. I finally felt empowered. Then, Dr. Ludwick shared my options and gave me totally responsibility for the decision. I chose to have the surgery to correct my deviated septum and it was SUCCESSFUL. I am breathing freely. I have energy. I spend time with my wife and children on weekends instead of sleeping my life away. I truly thankful to Dr. Ludwick and strongly recommend him.

Wanda Vila-Carriles
Sleep MedicineAllergy and Sinus

I got used to wake up every morning with a stuffed nose and believed that was the best I was ever going to breath. I always had sinus issues/infections until I met Dr. Ludwick and decided to get an Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Septoplasty and PRITs. I was concerned about having that surgery for years but it was time to get a better quality of life and I now realized that was one of the best decisions I have made. The surgery and recovery went very well. I was breathing normally the next day, painless and had almost no bleeding. I was up and functioning normal after couple of days.

I have not had a stuffed nose ever since and learned that there is a better way to breath. I'm so glad I had that surgery done with Dr. Ludwick. I would refer my family and friends to Dr. Ludwick without hesitation. He also treats my husband for his sleep apnea. My husband is very happy now that he can really rest at night and has more energy during the day.

The staff at Dr. Ludwick’s office is always professional and personable. Thank you!!!

Brenda
Brenda Griggs
Sleep MedicineAllergy and SinusSleep Lab

I became a patient of Dr. Ludwick a while ago, when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was first tested in the hospital facility. It was scary, with all the wires hooked to me, but the staff there was very nice, and I actually was able to sleep. I really didn’t know much about sleep apnea at that time.

I had my first visit in the office after the test results were in. The office is a very welcoming atmosphere, not like most medical offices a very cold, warm feeling. The staff immediately put me at ease. They were all very friendly and efficient. Dr. Ludwick explained what sleep apnea was and how it affected me. He answered all my questions in a way I understood. He took all the time with me I needed, and I never felt rushed.

I was then introduced to Marisol, who takes care of my CPAP machine, and answers any of my questions. I am still amazed at how much better I feel since I started using it. I needed a new sleep study a few months ago, and to my pleasant surprise the clinic for sleep study had been added to the office. It is fixed up as comfortable as your own home, (only you don’t have to make the bed). Every thing for your comfort is provided for. The technicians for the study are very nice, and again, explain everything to you and answer your questions.

I have allergy induced asthma for almost 20 years, and the Dr recommended allergy testing, which I had done in the office. I had a choice between the shots and drops, and I am just finishing up with my initial four month treatment, and will be starting on maintenance next week. I am already able to away with my allergy medicine most of the time now. I was dependent on it every day before I started. Claudia is the very nice person who administered my allergy testing, and keeps track of my drops for me.

I would like to thank all of you in the office for making me feel so comfortable there and welcome. It is like I am visiting friends, not “going to a Dr’s office. ” Thanks guys!

Zennetter
Zennetter Durley
Sleep MedicineSleep Lab

If you’re looking for an ENT doctor with a caring nature, patience and a sense of humor, you’ve found him. I was a very impatient (grumpy) person after my surgery (Tonsillectomy, Septoplasty & UPPP). I was very hard to deal with and not a pleasure to be around. I found myself phoning the Dr’s office quite a few times in between my scheduled visits with questions and sometimes complaints. Dr. Ludwick and his staff (Marisol and Samantha) were always helpful and warm. They put me right at ease during my recovery. Just knowing they were a phone call away meant a lot to me. The overall outcome was a huge success. I no longer snore and there’s no need for a CPAP.

Zennetter Durley

George
George Olsen
Sleep MedicineSleep Lab

Being new to the Houston area, I was very pleased to have found the West Houston ENT & Sleep Center. Dr. Ludwick and his staff provided me with excellent diagnostic services and treatment for my sleep apnea. The sleep lab facility rivals most 5-star hotels and is equipped with start-of-the-art equipment and staff. It is nice to find such professional service in today’s medical community.

Michael
Michael Thomas
Sleep Medicine

After much encouragement from both my wife and finally my family practice physician, I agreed to see an ENT specialist to review options on how to possibly reduce / stop my snoring. I was not getting the rest each night I needed and most days were becoming a challenge to keep my eyes open. I spoke with a physician friend and he suggested West Houston ENT & Sleep Center. My wife set up an appointment for me with Dr. James Ludwick, so everything was in motion. The office, next to West Houston Medical Center, was very easy to find and in a very nice, modern setting.

After my initial assessment by Dr. Ludwick, it was recommended that I have a sleep study. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about this .. Dr. Ludwick said that they had just opened a lab adjacent to the office and offered to tour me through the facility. Wow, what a set up! The lab consists of two, five star quality bed rooms, each having its’ own attached bathroom and shower. There was a nice, large flat screen TV, desk and reading lamp, a very relaxed atmosphere.

Between the bedrooms is a centralized control area for the technician to control the sleep environment, monitor and view the patients. After seeing this, it somewhat soothed my apprehension about having the test done and went ahead and had it scheduled.

The evening of the test I presented myself around 7:00pm and was taken right into “my bedroom”. The tech was very pleasant and explained the procedure and expectations. She hooked up all the wires and devices for monitoring & breathing and I was allowed to watch TV and relax prior to calling it a night. Before I knew it .. I was being awakened by the tech. I was able to shower and dress, there was a hot cup of coffee waiting for me as I came out. The whole process was very efficient and not intimidating at all. One nice thing about having this done in this setting, it was just a co‐pay for my insurance! At no time did I feel unsafe or threatened. From the time I arrived and parked in the connected parking garage, to walking into the lab, everything was efficient and well planned. I have been in the medical field for 30 years and it is all about customer service. From the office and technical staff to the physician, this is a nice, comfortable, high quality lab that I would recommend to family & friends without hesitation.

After much encouragement from both my wife and finally my family practice physician, I agreed to see an ENT specialist to review options on how to possibly reduce / stop my snoring. I was not getting the rest each night I needed and most days were becoming a challenge to keep my eyes open. I spoke with a physician friend and he suggested West Houston ENT & Sleep Center. My wife set up an appointment for me with Dr. James Ludwick, so everything was in motion. The office, next to West Houston Medical Center, was very easy to find and in a very nice, modern setting.

After my initial assessment by Dr. Ludwick, it was recommended that I have a sleep study. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about this .. Dr. Ludwick said that they had just opened a lab adjacent to the office and offered to tour me through the facility. Wow, what a set up! The lab consists of two, five star quality bed rooms, each having its’ own attached bathroom and shower. There was a nice, large flat screen TV, desk and reading lamp, a very relaxed atmosphere.

Between the bedrooms is a centralized control area for the technician to control the sleep environment, monitor and view the patients. After seeing this, it somewhat soothed my apprehension about having the test done and went ahead and had it scheduled.

The evening of the test I presented myself around 7:00pm and was taken right into “my bedroom”. The tech was very pleasant and explained the procedure and expectations. She hooked up all the wires and devices for monitoring & breathing and I was allowed to watch TV and relax prior to calling it a night. Before I knew it .. I was being awakened by the tech. I was able to shower and dress, there was a hot cup of coffee waiting for me as I came out. The whole process was very efficient and not intimidating at all. One nice thing about having this done in this setting, it was just a co‐pay for my insurance! At no time did I feel unsafe or threatened. From the time I arrived and parked in the connected parking garage, to walking into the lab, everything was efficient and well planned. I have been in the medical field for 30 years and it is all about customer service. From the office and technical staff to the physician, this is a nice, comfortable, high quality lab that I would recommend to family & friends without hesitation.

Aaron Schaefer
Allergy and SinusSleep Medicine

I recently had surgery performed by Dr. James Ludwick at the West Houston Medical center. I have had a feeling of my nose being "stopped up", and the feeling that I wasn't getting enough air through it. Most of the air tended to come in through one nostril. Dr. Ludwick examined my nose, and took some pictures via scope. It was very helpful to be able to see the pictures and get an idea of what was going on to disrupt the airflow, etc. I had a deformity of the septum on one side which blocked most of the air on one side, and large turbinates reducing the available volume for airflow.

Dr. Ludwick offered the bilateral turbinate reduction and septum repair to help me breathe through my nose. I have also been seeing the Dr. to get some help with sleep issues, so he offered to perform a sleep endoscopy to pinpoint the location of a sleep apnea I had been diagnosed with as a result of a previous sleep study.

The specifics of the procedures I had performed were as follows:

Sleep Endoscopy
Endoscopic Assisted Septoplasty
Submucous Resection of Inferior Nasal Turbinate

Office Visits

The Dr. was very thorough explaining the details of the procedure and what to expect after the procedure. I felt comfortable going in that I knew what to expect.

Procedure The procedure itself was uneventful. I arrived in the morning, and I think I was on my way home by lunchtime. Surgery was performed under IV sedation, with the sleep endoscopy being performed first, followed by the septoplasty and turbinate reduction. I got to take home some of those funky hospital socks with the little rubber grooves on them, so that was nice.

Recovery

After the procedure, a bit of gauze was placed over my nostrils. The Dr. prescribed Vicodin for post operative pain, and an antibiotic. The nose was not packed. The first day or two it tends to bleed some, and the gauze needs to be changed periodically. Immediately after the procedure felt a little woozy from the anesthesia, but not bad, and experienced a mild sore throat from the intubation.

After a day or two (I think), I was able to get rid of the gauze. From then on, it's just a feeling of having a persistent nose bleed. There was some pain the first day or so (not severe), the Vicodin worked fine for this. After the first day or two, I didn't need anything for it. There is a feeling of congestion, pressure in the ears due to the extra blood. It feels sort of like having a cold.

Post op care included rinsing out the sinuses with a saline rinse 3X per day.

Follow Up

First follow up visit with the Dr. occurred weeks after the procedure. During this visit, sutures were removed, and some "housekeeping" performed.

Second follow up was 6 weeks after the procedure. A second set of pictures was taken via scope for comparison with the first. It was satisfying to be able to see the difference in the nasal passage before/after.

Results

I am happy with the results. I feel like I am able to breathe normally again. I would recommend the procedure to anyone with a similar symptoms.

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Charles Eggers
Allergy and Sinus

Dr. Ludwick and the entire staff has been outstanding, in every regard! I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone, that is in need of their services! I had sinus issues for many years, with infections becoming worse, and coming often! My family doctor recommended Dr. Ludwick to me, since he also was a highly satisfied patient of Dr. Ludwick.

The procedure's I had performed this year in February and March were:

1. Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery with Left Frontal Sinusotomy with Removal
2. Left Total Ethmoidectomy !
3. Left Maxillary Antrostomy
4. Left Sphenoidotomy

with Removal of Tissue Today, my sinus condition is sooooo much better! Extremely happy in all regards

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