Sinusitis

Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis, one of the most common health problems in the US, affects over 37 million people each year.  

Sinusitis may last 12 weeks or more, interferes with nasal mucus drainage, and causes difficulty in breathing through your nose, as well as painful swelling around the eyes and face.

Causes

Chronic sinusitis may be caused by an infection or by nasal growths (or polyps) in the sinuses.  In some cases, the anatomy of the nasal septum may also be a contributing factor.

Treatment options

Your physician may recommend nasal sprays, allergy shots or sinus rinses to provide temporary relief; however, if you experience this condition several times per year you may want to talk with an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) about surgical options for permanent relief.

Minimally invasive surgical options

Balloon sinuplasty is a newer treatment that is safe and effective.  This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis by an ENT.  Using a small, flexible balloon catheter, your surgeon will gently open your blocked sinus pathway.  A microdevice will then be positioned in the passageway, which will release medication directly into the sinuses.  Patients do not feel this device, and it is removed 14 to 21 days after the procedure.  There is no cutting away of bone as in traditional sinus surgery, and most patients experience very minimal bleeding following the procedure. Recovery times may vary, but most patients return to normal activity after a day or two. 

When you’re ready for more than temporary relief, talk to us. We can help you find a doctor near you who can help with your chronic sinus problems.