Sinusitis / Chronic Sinusitis
Sinusitis means your sinuses are infected or inflamed. Your sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones surrounding the nose. They produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If your nose is swollen, this can block the sinuses and cause pain and infection. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting much longer. Acute sinusitis often starts as a cold, which then turns into a bacterial infection. Allergies, pollutants, nasal problems and certain diseases can also cause sinusitis.
Common Symptoms of Sinusitis
Non-Surgical Treatment Options For Chronic Sinusitis
Initial treatment options include antibiotics, decongestants and pain relievers. Using heat pads on the inflamed area, saline nasal sprays and vaporizers can also help.
Surgical Options For Chronic Sinusitis
When non-surgical treatment options and medication fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. The goal of surgery is to improve sinus drainage and reduce blockage of the nasal passages.
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits
Balloon Sinuplasty devices represent a new technology in the opening of blocked sinuses and chronic sinusitis, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal. the FDA- cleared Balloon Sinuplasty products are used by qualified Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians.
Balloon Sinuplasty technology is an endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. The FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
For patients with symptoms of chronic sinusitis, nasal/sinus polyps, facial pain and pressure, bad breath, or decreased sense of smell – endoscopic sinus surgery may be recommended. Your doctor may prescribe antihistamines or antibiotics for acute bouts of sinusitis, but your doctor may recommend sinus surgery if other treatment options fail to effectively treat your sinusitis.
Endoscopic sinus surgery widens the sinus openings and allows the removal of mucus or diseased tissue for patients who suffer frequent sinus infections.
The procedure can be performed endoscopically, using a thin fiberoptic tube (an endoscope) inserted through the nostrils. This minimally invasive technique lets patients enjoy a shorter recovery time and less post-operative pain. In addition, real-time video imaging guides the surgeon inside the nose and sinuses.