What is Sinusitis

Sinusitis Overview & Treatments

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Healthy (Left) Sinus vs. Inflamed (Right) Sinus

Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S.  Is defined as an inflammation of the sinus lining, and is commonly caused by structural issues such as ostial blockage, bacterial infections, viral infections or a combination of these.

Symptoms include: drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat; nasal obstruction or congestion; tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead; and/or a reduced sense of smell and taste.

For many patients, symptoms vary and may include nasal congestion, facial discomfort, nasal discharge, headache and fatigue. Sinusitis is considered acute when symptoms last 4 weeks or less and chronic when it lasts 12 weeks or longer.

Treatment Options

The most common treatments for sinusitis aim to reduce mucosal swelling and relieve obstructions within the sinus ostium and ostio-meatal region, and include:

  • Medical therapy with antibiotics
  • Topical nasal steroid spray
  • Natural remedies, including cool and hot mist vaporizers, steam, Neti Pot and sinus rinsing.

However, It is estimated that at least 20% of chronic sinusitis patients are not successfully treated with medical therapy.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, breakthrough technology used by a qualified ENT doctor to treat recurrent acute sinusitis patients, or chronic sinusitis patients, who have sinusitis symptoms that have not responded to sinus medications and therapies.

In some areas, Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed right in the ENT doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The doctor begins by inserting a small, flexible balloon catheter into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus. The sinus balloon is slowly inflated to restructure the blocked nasal passage.

Unlike conventional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty preserves the normal anatomy of the sinuses and mucosal tissue, and does not require the removal of bone and tissue.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Previously, the only surgical option for clearing blocked sinuses was known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), which removes bone and tissue from the nose to enlarge the sinus opening. This removal of bone and tissue can require uncomfortable nasal packing after surgery and lead to post-surgery pain and scarring.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right For You?

Sinusitis symptoms are painful and they can slow you down. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our ENT experts.

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