Sinus Treatment Overview
ENT Physicians, Inc. is at the forefront in the field of advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, using imaging technology to treat sinus disease.
We offer in-office balloon sinusplasty, a less invasive and less painful treatment option. In the past, sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis were limited to two treatment options - repeated and ongoing management with medication, or aggressive sinus surgery to open sinus drainage pathways. Balloon sinus dilation is a new, in-office option performed under local anesthesia that widens the sinus pathways and restores natural drainage.
- Endoscopic surgery uses scopes going through the natural sinus small incisions or natural body openings in order to diagnose and treat disease. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure which aids in short recovery times. This is a new option that delivers lasting relief from chronic or recurrent sinusitis. Compare available treatment options:
- Balloon Sinus Dilation: A minimally invasive procedure that uses small balloons to restore drainage and deliver instant, lasting relief.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: A more traditional approach to sinus surgery that opens blocked sinuses by removing tissue and bone.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a relatively new procedure designed to increase the amount of air flowing through the sinuses and allow mucus to drain properly out of the nose. The procedure can:
- Relieve nasal blockages and improve breathing
- Relieve facial pain
- Improve breathing sinus drainage decreasing the frequency of sinus infections
- Improve the sense of smell and taste
Endoscopic sinus surgery is an effective procedure to correct:
- Deviated septum, in which the partition separating the left and right sides of the nose is crooked
- Polyps, a non-cancerous water-filled swelling in the sinuses
Procedure Overview: The exact procedure used by your surgeon depends on a number of factors, including your specific anatomy. You should feel free to discuss procedure specifics - including what instruments will be used, which structures may be removed, recovery, risks, and any other questions you may have.
Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
When sinus surgery was first performed, surgeons would have to reach the sinuses by entering through the cheek area. This often caused scarring and possible disfigurement. In another traditional procedure, surgeons enter the sinus through the upper jaw.
Since endoscopic sinus surgery does not involve cutting through the skin – it is performed entirely through the nostrils – most patients can go home the same day.
- Is less painful
- Leaves no visible scars
- Causes less bleeding
- Creates less discomfort after surgery
- Requires less packing in the nose after surgery
- Has a faster recovery period
- Has a higher success rate
About The Sinuses
The sinuses are four hollow spaces filled with air in the skull that surround the eyes. Air passes in and out of these spaces, as well as mucus which drains through them and out of the nose. They also reduce the weight of the skull and give our voices a nicer sound.
The four sinus cavities are listed below:
Maxillary - in the cheekbones
Ethmoid - between the eye sockets
Frontal - in the forehead and above the eyebrows
Sphenoid - deep in the head at the back of the nose
Conditions of the Nose
Sinusitis is actually a swelling of the inner lining of the sinuses. This swelling causes the openings of the nose to be blocked so that the mucus inside can no longer drain out. When the mucus cannot drain, the pressure of the blocked fluid creates pain in the face and impairs breathing.
For most people, sinusitis is a temporary condition that goes away with simple treatment. However, if the symptoms continue for a significant period of time without responding to medication, or if the symptoms are especially severe, surgery may bring about permanent relief.
Symptoms of sinusitis vary from person to person, however the most common symptoms are:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Earache and/or feeling of fullness in the ear
- Thick yellow or green discharge from the nose, sometimes tinged with blood
- Sneezing and/or coughing
- Pain over the bridge of the nose
- Headache that is worse in the morning, when bending forward, or when riding an elevator
- Post-nasal drip from the nose into the throat
- Impaired sense of smell and/or taste
- Pain in the face, eye(s) and/or roof of the mouth or teeth
The partition separating the left and right sides of the nose, called the septum is sometimes crooked. This crooked condition is called a deviated septum. Some people are born with this abnormality, but sometimes it is the result of an injury.
Very few people have a perfectly straight septum, but endoscopic sinus surgery is only recommended for those whose septum is crooked enough to cause significant sinus blockage. The surgery can then straighten the septum and improve breathing.
relieve nasal blockages; relieve facial pain; improve breathing; and improve the sense of smell and taste.
A polyp (also called a cyst) is a benign (noncancerous) water-filled swelling about the size of a grape, which develops in the sinuses and causes blockage. They most frequently occur in people who have asthma.
Polyps can sometimes be reduced in size with medication. However, endoscopic sinus surgery has proven to be an excellent method with which to remove polyps and restore normal breathing.
For more information about the benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery, and to inquire if you are a candidate, please do not hesitate to ask any of one of our physicians.