"A detailed and engrossing primer for anyone interested in ENS."--James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art


"Chris is addressing a tremendously important issue in otolaryngology. Empty nose syndrome is a real entity that requires further investigation. Although Chris' book is written for the general public, I truly hope my colleagues in ENT will read this book and take it to heart."--Steven M. Houser, MD, ENT specialist, MetroHealth Medical Center, Professor, Case Western Reserve University, and wrote the foreword for this book.


What if you went into surgery expecting great improvement to your breathing, only to come out breathless - for life?


It can happen. But you can also avoid empty nose syndrome (ENS) should you choose surgery - and you can even treat it.  Having Nasal Surgery? will show you how.


  1. Are you considering nasal surgery, but would like to avoid becoming an ENS patient?
  2. Would you like to make sure you have explored all the alternatives before undergoing nasal surgery?
  3. Have you already rolled the dice with nasal surgery, but lost?


If you answered yes to any of the above, read on.  An award-winning book endorsed by top doctors familiar with ENS, Having Nasal Surgery? will show you how to: 


  • Avoid becoming an ENS patient.

  • Lower your risk of ENS if you do choose nasal surgery.

  • Exhaust non-surgical remedies to treat your condition whether you suffer from sleep apnea, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, postnasal drip, GERD, or asthma.

  • Effectively manage ENS.

  • Be inspired by a personal tale.


“This slim but potent book is tremendously important and informative not only for those considering nasal surgeries, but for the specialists who perform them.”--Kirkus Indie


"An ideal book on ENS...All nasal doctors should have on their shelves and be ready to pass onto patients."--Les Chappell of BookReview.com


"I just spoke to an Australian ENT, returned from training with the ex-president of the US Facial and Cosmetic Surgery Association who now agrees with the basic principles behind this book and "would not perform a partial inferior turbinate resection on a member of my family." And I was about to let my regular ENT perform an 80% resection!...until I saw this book."--Bard on Amazon.com



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  • In 2007, I authored Having Nasal Surgery! Don't You Become An Empty Nose Victim! which was written at a time when very little was known or published on this condition.  As a non-medical professional, I sought assistance and received endorsements from well-known medical professionals:  Steven Houser, MDWellington Tichenor, MD, and Murray Grossan, MD.  This was a personal tale, a companion to those suffering, and an attempt to medically explain ENS. I have sold around 1,500 books since its publication, which is not bad considering the primary target audience for this book (otolaryngologists) are slow to embrace, if not oppose, drawing attention to a disorder "they created."  Of course, the real benefit in writing for me is not in the number of books sold, but in knowing that these efforts have made a difference in the lives of those who read them.       


  • In 2008, this book won an Independent Publisher Book Award, Bronze Medalist, in Health/Medicine/Nutrition.   Since I wrote Having Nasal Surgery? Don't You Become An Empty Nose Victim! I have been pleased to see greatly increased research and interest in the otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) field on empty nose syndrome, including 3 meta-analyses in 2015 as well as various mainstream news articles.  I find the current efforts of scientists (e.g., Kai Zhao, PhD)  and ear, nose and throat specialists (e.g., Subinoy Das, MD, FACS, FARS Jayakar Nayak, MD, PhD) to study and treat empty nose syndrome to be particularly heartening.  And there continues to be a significant increase in ENS articles since 2018, which is fantastic.


  • In 2015, A. Guzmán offered to and translated Having Nasal Surgery? Don't You Become An Empty Nose Victim! into Spanish under the title, ¿Cirugía nasal? ¡No caiga en las garras del síndrome de la nariz vacía! This Spanish translation is largely an exact translation of Having Nasal Surgery? with a few minor updates.  I have been asked if my book will be translated into French.  At this point, I have received unsolicited offers to translate Having Nasal Surgery? into German and French, but these offers did not come to fruition.   


  • In 2016, I appeared in an October Men's Health article titled, When Your Doctor Thinks You're Nuts.  The article offered tips on how to navigate the medical field when doctors are dismissive.


  • In 2020, New York Times Bestselling author James Nestor discussed ENS in his Bestselling book, Breath.  Mr. Nestor cited Having Nasal Surgery? Don't You Become An Empty Nose Victim! as the first reference for "select empty nose syndrome research" in chapter 7 of his website bibliography.


  • Interesting fact:  A traditionally-published book sells an average of 2,000 copies in a lifetime.  An average self-published book sells about 250 copies in its lifetime.  Having Nasal Surgery?  was originally published in 2007 through Cold Tree Press, a small, reportedly selective, hybrid publisher from Tennessee.  In 2009, Cold Tree Press went out of business and, as a result, I became the publisher and retained all the rights.  At present, Having Nasal Surgery? is approaching 1,400 copies sold and it continues to sell at a slow, but remarkably steady pace.   I anticipate it will surpass the 2,000 mark in the coming years.  In terms of sales, I consider this a success.  (On a personal level, it was also a success for a number of reasons, including it led me to receive healthcare through an awesome doctor who helped me tremendously in my journey.)