Nose & Sinuses

There are many patients who suffer from sinus problems, including headaches and drainage. Sinus problems can be made worse by allergies.

Our patients often have the following conditions:

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  • Acute Sinusitis causes the cavities around your nasal passages to become inflamed and swollen and is treated with a course of antibiotics. Patients will find it difficult to breathe through the nose.
  • Chronic Sinusitis is an inflammatory process that involves the paranasal sinuses and typically lasts for twelve weeks or longer. Symptoms persist when patients are off antibiotics.

Our sinuses are bony cavities which lie between and below the eyes. They have small openings which connect them to the inside of the nose. Usually air can easily pass from the nose into the sinuses. Occasionally, the nasal membranes swell up because of a cold, allergies, or turbulent airflow. The tiny holes which drain the sinuses into the nose are then closed by the swollen membranes. When this happens, the sinuses become filled with fluid, which can then become infected.

Patients may also experience difficulties in clearing the ears which can sometimes lead to fluid behind the eardrum. Occasionally the fluid may even become infected. This can often be helped by straightening the septum and restoring normal airflow patterns within the nose.

Our physicians offer patients several options to help reduce sinus episodes, reduce ear fluid, and breathe easier.

Sinus surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, which means that you will be able to return home on the same day as the surgery. We offer three types of sinus surgery:

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery is surgery performed using small telescopes, which are called endoscopes. It involves enlarging the natural drainage openings of the sinuses into the nose so that a little bit of swelling will not lead to the sinus becoming blocked off and then filling with fluid.
  • Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure in which a small balloon is introduced into the sinus drainage ports and inflated in order to enlarge the port.
  • Septoplasty is a procedure to straighten the wall which divides the left from the right side of the nose. If crooked, the wall blocks drainage holes as well. If this is the case, the wall is straightened through surgery. Swollen internal nasal membranes are often reduced at the same time which improves breathing dramatically.

Performed under local or general anesthesia, all surgery is done through the nose and there are no external incisions. No packing is used. Occasionally, thin soft plastic splints are inserted and removed on the first postoperative visit. Surgery takes about an hour and patients return home, resuming full schedules after a week.