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Jeff Matherson
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I wanted to take a couple of minutes and express my appreciation for the different experience I’ve had since choosing your practice for help with my health needs. For about the last 5 years I had been going to another sleep study center in west Houston after a referral from my primary physician for… Read more

Harold C. Rud
Sleep MedicineSleep LabAllergy and SinusHarold C. Rud

Over the past year Dr. Ludwick has helped me with the following procedures: 1.2.3.4.

I first went to Dr.Ludwick after telling my primary care physician that I was experiencing a sluggishness in the mornings. After my first examination with Dr. Ludwick I signed up for a sleep apnea test. This proved to be a rather… Read more

Anita E.
Sleep MedicineSleep LabAllergy and SinusAnita E.

I have had issues with my sinuses for as far back as I can remember. Most of my life was spent with me breathing through my mouth due to my inability to breathe through my nose. I finally came to the realization that this was not normal and decided to see a specialist. My… Read more

P. Callahan
Sleep MedicineSleep LabP. Callahan

Dr Ludwick and his team are incredible! The office and sleep lab are gorgeous, I felt so pampered.

From scheduling-to-insurance-to the sleep study-to-follow up-to-my last visit today each staff member, technician and physician have been professional, knowledgeable and clearly an expert in their field or position. One visit with Dr Ludwick and you will agree… Read more

Randy James
Sleep MedicineSleep LabRandy James

I have had sleep apnea for about 3 years before seeing Dr. Ludwick. I would fall asleep in meetings, had no motivation at work, and always felt fatigued. I use to drink 12 cups of coffee a day just to function at work. Now I drink a max of 3 cups a day and… Read more

E. O’Donnell
Sleep MedicineE. O’Donnell

For years family and friends told me I snored heavily and stopped breathing in my sleep but it never woke me up. Eventually though it caught up with me. The lack of restful sleep eventually made me feel exhausted within an hour of waking up and feeling tired all the time. I suddenly found… Read more

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Katie Thompson

I originally went to a different ENT for my sinus issue and after he recommended fixing my septum without doing a CT scan ... More

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Shane Yelverton

I had surgery and in the recovery room was told that I had sleep apnea. I went through a sleep study with Dr. Ludwig and found that I was hardly even getting into REM sleep ... More

Jeff Matherson
Jeff Matherson
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I wanted to take a couple of minutes and express my appreciation for the different experience I’ve had since choosing your practice for help with my health needs. For about the last 5 years I had been going to another sleep study center in west Houston after a referral from my primary physician for investigating sleep apnea. They scheduled a sleep study and I came in for test. The whole process of attaching the leads was pretty overwhelming and it seemed like I couldn’t get comfortable and didn’t really get much sleep that night. They adjusted things through the night and according to them, I actually did get a few hours of sleep. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and slated to begin using a CPAP machine.

From the beginning, I had issues with mask they had me start using. The first mask I had was some sort of nasal pillow and it hurt the inside of my nose so bad during the day it was raw and painful. I was given some samples of RoEzit and even though it helped, I was still experiencing a lot of pain. I had to buy my own supply of the ointment and was still having problems. I eventually insisted that they do something about the problem and to make a long story short, I tried just about every mask out there and still had problems.

Part of the issue was that they had the titration level set so high the I really had to cinch the mask on to get a seal. It was so bad that wearing the masks every night ultimately ended up actually moving my teeth. My dentist referred me back to an orthodontist and keep in mind, I had my teeth straightened as a kid with braces and hadn’t had any problems for years. I continued to complain and nothing really was done. I also want to mention that I only met the primary doctor of that sleep center a couple of times in those 5 years, as he was always busy, and I was given his associate and sometimes even a nurse type assistant instead of him.

I realized they were more interested in dumping the data from my CPAP machine for their published study than dealing with any of the long term issues I was having. My office visits went from quarterly the first year to about once a year and I started thinking about how this was going to work out for me, longer term. Just the issue of getting these masks and CPAP supplies was a difficulty in itself. They had a supplier there within the same strip center their office was in, but unfortunately, they didn’t accept my insurance (which is one of the major carriers?- never did understand that). On several occasions, I had to drive to the other side of Houston to pick supplies on my own and at one point I had to have my malfunctioning CPAP machine replaced on my own, which was basically haggling with the supplier, even though all this was covered under my insurance. The supplier now uses an automated phone system that calls my house periodically, with a pre-recorded message and a 1-800 number. Did I mention that this “sleep centers” office is right next door to a kids video game arcade and you can actually hear this through the wall? Made for some interesting office visits.

Another problem I was having was that my sinuses were often so congested that it made it extremely difficult to put on a CPAP mask and breath through my nose all night. The result was that I would end up breathing through my mouth (which completely defeats the purpose of the CPAP machine) and I’d wake up with my mouth and sinuses completely dehyrdated and feeling lousy because I didn’t sleep well. I had a chinstrap that helped with the issue, but I lost it somewhere on a business trip. Their solution was to prescribe me a nasal spray (which didn’t help) and give me a referral to an allergist, again on the other side of town. The told me they didn’t recommend the chinstrap as it didn’t work well – I disagreed as it had helped some. It never got replaced. I also complained about chronic pressure behind my right eye that I suspected was related to all this and no recommendation was made.

Anyway, fast forward a few years. I got rid of my old primary care physician (for other reasons) and we went through the usual first time annual physical stuff with my new doctor. I explained about my sleep apnea issues and he immediately recommended ” a great ENT guy – Dr. Ludwick”. I learned more information about sleep apnea and nose and throat anatomy issues in one visit, than I had learned in years of going through it elsewhere. Being able to see full color live video of your scope inside my nasal cavities and throat showed me exactly what we were dealing with and you clearly laid out the game plan and possible options. I think you actually spent more time with me one on that first day than all my other visits with the other guy combined.

We scheduled an overnight stay in your sleep center to recalibrate my titration level and it was a completely different experience. The flatscreen high-def TV was a hit right off the bat as I didn’t even miss one of my favorite shows that evening. And the staff was awesome. The technician did a great job of explaining the system and the electrodes that needed to be hooked up for the night and then we basically just carried on a casual conversation about other stuff and the time passed quickly. When I first got there I was worried I was going to be bored out of my head because it seemed like an early start time and I’m sort of a late night owl. The time went quickly and I think I feel to sleep pretty quickly. I really only remember being gently awakened a couple of times when I pulled a lead lose, but then I sort of expected that as I toss and turn a lot. I should also mention that the private bathroom was really nice – I think it was a common bath/shower area with my previous doctor. I had asked if it was possible to wrap things up early in the morning and he obliged. I was able to make it back home and didn’t miss any part of work that next day.

The follow-up office visit was also great. We went through the results on your PC, in your personal office space, and everything was explained in detail. I was fitted with a new type of full-faced mask, which completely eliminated all the issues I had before. I was also given a new BiPAP machine (right there in your office) which also allowed you to reduce the titration (pressure) level. This alone has made me much more comfortable.

And finally, you also addressed my chronic allergy issues and sinus pressure. I’ve always had what I called seasonal allergies, but never did anything about it. I had been to other ENT’s in the past who did the usual antibiotic thing and then never followed up on the “chronic” issue. I literally lived on Sudafed almost every day and always felt congested, sometimes resorting to nasal sprays which caused even more problems. I was tested for allergies in your office and pretty much found I’m allergic to almost everything. I began the under-tongue drop regimen (which is really easy) and I haven’t taken a Sudafed (or any allergy medicine) since then and I feel great. That nagging sinus pressure is gone and I breathe much better now through my nose. I plan to stay on the allergy drops until we complete the full course.

I know this is long winded, but I thought it was important to share. I’m a really busy guy with a demanding high stress job and anything like this that can improve my health and make it easier to get through my daily life is worth sharing with others. One more note; I had one of those “annual” visits with my old doctor roll around here recently. I didn’t show up for the appointment and they sent me a $50 “No Show” fee. I guess they didn’t put two and two together about me having my medical records transferred. I straightened it out with a single phone call recanting some of the experience I shared above and they decided to eliminate the fee.

Thanks Dr. Ludwick!
Sincerely,
Jeff Matherson

Harold
Harold C. Rud
Sleep MedicineSleep LabAllergy and Sinus

Over the past year Dr. Ludwick has helped me with the following procedures: 1.2.3.4.

I first went to Dr.Ludwick after telling my primary care physician that I was experiencing a sluggishness in the mornings. After my first examination with Dr. Ludwick I signed up for a sleep apnea test. This proved to be a rather pleasant experience and not as intrusive as I had thought. The accommodations were more than adequate and the comfort level could be equated to staying in an upscale hotel. Once the initial recordings were made at my first stay, Dr. Ludwick went over the findings with me and explained to me, in terms I could relate to, just how my body functions in terms of breathing. My second stay in the sleep clinic I was fitted with a C-Pak (sp). This is a machine that provided a positive pressure to my airway and enables me to have a restful sleep. This has made an enormous difference to the way I feel in the morning.

During my examinations Dr. Ludwick also pointed out to me some things that I had more or less just had learned to live with. One was a rhinophyma and the other was a deviated septum.

The rhinophyma was in my way of thinking a result of rosecea and over the years it had disfigured the skin on the surface of my nose, giving it a bumpy and often infected appearance. I had gone to several dermatologists and had resigned myself to be taking tetracycline for the rest of my life to keep it under control.

The deviated septum was a development that started in my early childhood and probably worsen thru the years during competitive sports activities. Dr. Ludwick pointed out that he could help me with both. At the age of fifty eight, I decided that it would be worth the effort to have repairs done on my nose as I approached my retirement years.

The first procedure involved the planning of the skin on my nose to remove the phyma. This was done through a day surgery with weekly follow ups until the skin rebuilt itself.

This was a very successful procedure for me. To my surprise I started getting complements on a physical feature I had accepted as being part of an ugly aging process.

Next came the rebuilding of my nasal structure. Dr. Ludwick had pointed out that my nose structure was bad. Something I had recognized as practically nonexistent for years. Dr. Ludwick again performed a day surgery and has told me since that the structure was completely destroyed and how challenging this restructuring was for him. I agree that this was a major undertaking, but I am glad it was done. My nose has a structure that I do not remember in my life time as having. I had always thought that people’s noses were pliable to the point they could readily be pushed flat to their faces.

The final procedure that Dr. Ludwick performed on me was Coblation Turbinate Reduction. Although I had my nose structure rebuilt, I still had problems with breathing due to alergins and suffered through stuffy noses which would lead to colds. This procedure reduced the size of my nasal tissue, allowing me a better opportunity to breath freely with less irritation.

All throughout these procedures and office visits, I have been impressed with Dr. Ludwick’s ability to explain medical terminology in detail in lay mans terms, his confidence and honesty in expressing his diagnosis. I find this refreshing in today’s market. It has been my experience that the medical field offers very few opportunities for a client to actually connect with a doctor. Dr. Ludwick, although could be classified as a no nonsense doctor, certainly shows some latitude when comparing a medical procedure to repairing a car. His confidence has built my trust in him and his honest appraisals are often right on the mark.

Dr. Ludwick’s professionalism is also very apparent and this has extended to his staff, who are courteous and flexible in helping to meet technical needs as well as answering questions.

Overall I rank Dr. Ludwick, his staff and his facilities very high when I compare them to other medical service providers I have encountered. Rarely have I received medical attention that has impacted my life in such away as I have received in the past year under Dr. Ludwick’s care.

Anita
Anita E
Sleep MedicineSleep LabAllergy and Sinus

I have had issues with my sinuses for as far back as I can remember. Most of my life was spent with me breathing through my mouth due to my inability to breathe through my nose. I finally came to the realization that this was not normal and decided to see a specialist. My first visit to Dr. Ludwick was in January 2009. Because I also have asthma and allergies I also visited the clinic next door to Dr. Ludwick. I thought my sinus issues were caused by my allergies and thought I could kill two birds with one stone by just getting treated by my asthma/allergy doctor. I was wrong.

After months of continued sinus infections and a visit to my primary care physician, I was referred back to Dr. Ludwick. At that time I had an added symptom of not being able to sleep through the night. Dr. Ludwig had me undergo a sleep study and ordered a CT scan on my sinuses. It was determined that I did have mild sleep apnea and that I would benefit from sinus surgery. I had my sinus surgery in June 2010.

Since undergoing the sinus surgery, my breathing has significantly improved. I no longer have to sit with my mouth open in order to breathe. I had not realized until after the surgery that my sinus issues had impacted my hearing. My improved hearing was an added bonus I had not anticipated. Recovery after the surgery was relatively painless. I was up and functioning as normal after one week.

The staff at Dr. Ludwick’s office is always professional and personable. I always feel cared for and am confident that my needs will always be taken care of. I never once felt anxiety about the surgery because I knew I was in good hands with Dr. Ludwick and his staff. I would refer my family and friends to Dr. Ludwick without any hesitation.

P. Callahan
P. Callahan
Sleep MedicineSleep Lab

Dr Ludwick and his team are incredible! The office and sleep lab are gorgeous, I felt so pampered.

From scheduling-to-insurance-to the sleep study-to-follow up-to-my last visit today each staff member, technician and physician have been professional, knowledgeable and clearly an expert in their field or position. One visit with Dr Ludwick and you will agree with me.

I am pleased to “brag” about this West Houston Medical Center physician and feel very comfortable referring my family and friends to him!!!

Randy James
Randy James
Sleep MedicineSleep Lab

I have had sleep apnea for about 3 years before seeing Dr. Ludwick. I would fall asleep in meetings, had no motivation at work, and always felt fatigued. I use to drink 12 cups of coffee a day just to function at work. Now I drink a max of 3 cups a day and I feel like a new person. In the past I have had my pallet trimmed incorrectly by another physician and it made my sleep apnea worse.

Dr. Ludwick corrected the procedure as well as performing a base of tongue and hyoid suspension. Since then I am able to sleep on my side with no obstruction. I do use a bipap because I often cannot stay on my side and end up sleeping on my back where I still get some slight obstruction due to being born with a small airway. Before my surgeries and the use of my bipap I would have over 100 episodes if interrupted sleep where I would wake subconsciously to breathe.

After my surgeries my last sleep study showed that I only had 8 episodes and I now reach REM. I feel like a new person. I wake up now and hit the ground running where before I was like a big slug dreading the sound of the alarm clock. The sleep study facility is very relaxing and the technicians are very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Ludwick explained my sleep study results to me in a way that made it easy to understand. He is very good at putting things in layman’s terms. He actually showed me the video of my sleep study session and explained to me what I was going through and why. I never knew that I kicked my legs and was so restless at night.

My wife is very happy now since my restlessness used to wake her often. Dr. Ludwick’s bedside manner after each of my surgeries was fantastic. He is a very caring physician and he has changed my life. His entire staff is great. From scheduling appointments, checking insurance benefits, and billing the entire staff is excellent and very friendly.

In addition to helping my sleep apnea Dr. Ludwick has helped me tremendously with my Houston allergies. I move here from Georgia in 2004 and Dr. Ludwick is the first doctor to give me relief from my allergies and for the first time in my life I look forward to Spring and Fall.

If you are experiencing sleep apnea I suggest that you schedule a consult with Dr. Ludwick. He identified my issues and developed a plan to resolve them and I am a better person today. I sleep, I dream, and I function through the day better than I have in the past 5 years.

E. O’Donnell
E. O’Donnell
Sleep Medicine

For years family and friends told me I snored heavily and stopped breathing in my sleep but it never woke me up. Eventually though it caught up with me. The lack of restful sleep eventually made me feel exhausted within an hour of waking up and feeling tired all the time. I suddenly found myself falling asleep throughout the day, that’s when I knew I needed to get help. Dr Ludwick and his staff at West Houston ENT were the one’s that gave me back my life. After my sleep study was completed and I received my Bi-PAP machine I was able to get the good sleep my so desperately needed and the best…you star feeling better immediately, A LOT BETTER. I have already told my family and friends about the great work they do and would recommend Dr Ludwick and his friendly staff to anyone you know that may be suffering from sleep apnea. They really did save my life.

Zennetter Durley

Katie Thompson
Allergy and Sinus

I originally went to a different ENT for my sinus issue and after he recommended fixing my septum without doing a CT scan first and told me the recovery would involve splints and packing, I went to Dr Ludwick by suggestion of a friend. Boy am I glad I did! After he ordered and reviewed my CT scan he told me I had something called silent sinus syndrome where the sinus cavity on one side was considerably smaller than the other and not in the right position. Dr Ludwick went in and fixed my deviated septum, opened up my right sinus cavity, shaved down my turbinates and expanded my sinus cavities with little balloons. Immediately after waking up I noticed the constant pressure in my right ear was gone. I had no packing and no splints and went home shortly after waking up. Recovery was simple and pretty much painless, just uncomfortable because you can't breath through your nose for a few days. I had the procedure in June and have since not had one sinus infection, stuff actually drains now and I can breath better!

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Shane Yelverton
Sleep MedicineSleep Lab

I had surgery and in the recovery room was told that I had sleep apnea. I went through a sleep study with Dr. Ludwig and found that I was hardly even getting into REM sleep where you get your rest. I attempted the CPAP machine unsuccessfully. Dr. Ludwig performed a surgery to open the passageways in my nose and studied what exactly was happening in my throat.

I put off the surgery even though I could not go to sleep at night without drugs and was sleeping 14 hours on the weekend at a time and waking up tired. I finally called and wanted to get in before the end of the year before deductible started again. Dr. Ludwig was already booked, but he managed to find the time any way. The recovery was difficult because I contracted bronchitis, but the outcome is fantastic. I go to sleep without drugs and wake after 7 hours rested. His staff calls me by name and are always friendly and helpful. I highly recommend his office for the entire experience.

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