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Your sinuses help you breathe by providing moisture and filtration for your airway. However, these useful air-filled spaces in the skull may, unfortunately, become blocked and diseased, causing repeated infections and discomfort. At Arizona ENT in both Sun City and Sun City West, your team of board-certified otolaryngologists—Drs. Bassett, Hoffman, and Borgesen—listen carefully to sinus symptoms and use modern diagnostic techniques to determine if sinus surgery is warranted. Learn more here!
Symptoms of chronic sinus problems
You'd like to breathe better and have fewer headaches. Sinus infections (sinusitis) happen more frequently now, and you produce a lot of thick, green mucus. Does this sound like you? If so, you may be thinking, "what could help me feel better?"
At Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, your ear, nose, and throat physicians see many patients who ultimately require sinus surgery. Performed via endoscope using traditional techniques, or even handheld lasers, sinus surgeries remove bone, compress thick sinus tissue (nasal turbinates), and eliminate benign polyps.
Signs which tell your physician you need sinus surgery are:
- Endoscopic and CT scan evidence that the sinuses are blocked with excessive tissue or a deviated septum
- Repeated sinus infections
- Recurring headaches
- Changes in vocal quality
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Constant feeling of pressure across the forehead or cheeks
- Copious mucous production (thick and green)
Your treatment plan
The University of Michigan Health Systems maintains that proper evaluation and discussion of symptoms are key to determining candidacy for sinus surgery of any kind. Additionally, your doctor at Arizona ENT will want you to try some less invasive therapies first, before even considering surgery.
So, your customized treatment plan could include:
- Nasal irrigation with a Neti pot and sterile or distilled water
- Steroidal nasal sprays to reduce swelling
- Allergy testing and treatment
Rest assured that your ENT doctor will follow your symptoms meticulously and arrive at the best long term solution to keep those sinus passages as clear as possible.
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Don't suffer with sinus symptoms—trust in the care and expertise at Arizona ENT. We have offices in Sun City and Sun City West, one on West Meeker Boulevard and one on West Thunderbird Boulevard, both reachable at (623) 975-1660.
Do you find yourself dealing with persistent sinus infections? Have nasal congestion and facial pressure become the norm? If so, then it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist who can provide you with the relief that you need! While acute sinusitis is usually nothing to worry about and will go away fully after a few weeks of treatment, chronic sinusitis often needs a more proactive solution. If you have been battling a sinus infection for over 12 weeks and it’s not responding to treatment, then it’s time to consider other treatment options. Read on to learn more!
How to Treat Chronic Sinusitis
One of the ways to treat chronic nasal inflammation and blockages is through a simple endoscopic sinus procedure. Unlike traditional surgery, this procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require major incisions or removal of bone or tissue.
While this procedure isn’t necessary for patients dealing with acute bouts of sinusitis, if you are someone dealing with a true chronic form of sinusitis, then it might be time to consider endoscopic sinus surgery.
When you come in for a consultation, an ENT doctor will perform a physical exam and talk to you about your symptoms. Common symptoms of chronic sinusitis include,
- Nasal drainage
- Nasal obstruction and congestion
- Facial pressure or pain
- Post-nasal drip
- Frequent headaches
- Reduced smell or taste
Along with a physical exam, an otolaryngologist will insert an endoscope (a small tube with a camera) into the nostrils to look for drainage, blockages, or signs of infection or inflammation. Sometimes a CT scan is necessary to diagnose your infection.
When it comes to treating chronic sinusitis, your doctor will first turn to non-surgical treatment options like prescription steroids, antibiotics, nasal sprays, or allergy treatments (e.g. antihistamines).
If these treatments aren’t giving you the symptom relief that you need, then we will talk to you about whether minimally invasive sinus surgery is the right way to treat your chronic sinus symptoms.
How Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery Works
During this procedure, an ENT specialist will insert an endoscope into the blocked or inflamed nostril and guide it gently through the sinuses. There are different methods involved in this type of sinus surgery. Sometimes at the end of the endoscope is a camera, which allows us to carefully remove enlarged tissue to improve breathing. Any pus or signs of infection are also drained out. Once this procedure is performed, certain medications are prescribed for long-term management.
Balloon sinuplasty has become another popular minimally invasive sinus procedure because it does not require any tissue removal. Instead of a camera at the end of the endoscope, there is a deflated balloon that is inflated once it’s placed into the blocked or inflamed nasal cavity. As the balloon is inflated, it opens up the blocked passageway so it can properly drain. Then the doctor will clean out the sinuses with a saline solution to remove any remaining pus or bacteria.
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Minimally invasive sinus surgery is extremely effective at treating chronic sinusitis. If you are dealing with this condition, then it’s time to talk to your otolaryngologist about whether this procedure is right for you.
Find out when it might be time to consider getting sinus surgery.
A sinus infection will happen to many of us at some point during our lifetime, but what if the issues you are experiencing don’t seem to go away? If you have chronic sinusitis then chances are good that you’ve already turned to our Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, otolaryngologists for a proper diagnosis. While chronic sinusitis can often be treated through medication, lifestyle modifications and other more aggressive treatment options, it’s also important to understand when it might be time to consider getting sinus surgery.
It’s important to understand that sinus surgery isn’t the most common way to treat sinus problems. You’ll want to think of surgery as the final resort when other less invasive treatment options aren’t working. Many people are able to manage their chronic sinusitis with at-home care and medications; however, surgery may be the right approach for people dealing with long-term sinusitis.
Things to Consider
If you are someone who deals with recurring or severe sinus infections this can cause some serious blockages within the nasal cavity. This can also lead to other complications and health problems. In this case, surgery may be the best way to remove the blockage and to open up the sinuses to make breathing easier. By draining the sinuses, our Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, ENT doctor can prevent future sinus infections.
Before determining whether or not sinus surgery is right for you, you will first need to go through regular treatment for several weeks (up to 6 weeks) before determining that these at-home measures aren’t working and that you’ll require additional and more aggressive treatment. Some of these at-home treatment options include taking steroid nasal sprays and other prescription medications.
From there, we will run a CT scan of your sinuses to help us determine the cause of your infection. For example, if we discover that nasal polyps are causing your sinus problems we can remove them during surgery. We can also make sure that any infection that’s present doesn’t continue to spread.
Fortunately, endoscopic sinus surgery can remove the blockage without incisions or more invasive techniques, which means milder side effects and no downtime. Most people experience relief right away, with results lasting up to 2 years or more.
Are you dealing with chronic sinusitis in Sun City or Sun City West? Are you having trouble getting your sinus problems under control? If you said “yes” then it’s time to call Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians today.
Let’s help you figure out how to finally get those severe sinus symptoms under control.
At some point, most people will end up dealing with sinus problems. Luckily, they often just go away on their own without needing more than an over-the-counter medication to manage symptoms. Unfortunately, millions of Americans aren’t as lucky. They deal with severe and uncomfortable sinus symptoms that last more than 12 weeks. If you are dealing with chronic sinusitis or other sinus problems, our Sun City West and Sun City, AZ, otolaryngologists are here to tell you the warning signs that it might be time to consider surgery.
Okay, we know that no one wants to undergo surgery and luckily most people dealing with sinus problems won’t ever have to. Our Sun City West and Sun City ENT doctor offers a lot of different ways to help get your symptoms under control. If medication is able to manage your symptoms than no other course of action is necessary; however, if medication (either over-the-counter or prescription) isn’t working for you then it’s time to come in for further testing.
Further testing will often include imaging tests such as a CT scan to look for signs of a sinus blockage or other symptoms that might require surgery in order to alleviate the issue. You may require sinus surgery if:
- You have chronic sinusitis that isn’t responding to treatment
- You have severe sinus polyps
- There is an abnormality within the structure of the nose or sinus that requires repair (e.g. deviated septum)
- An infection has spread to the bone
- Cancer is detected within the sinus cavity
What kinds of sinus surgery are available?
Sinus surgery is often performed endoscopically, meaning that a small flexible scope is placed into the nose to remove, repair or treat the problem you are dealing with. It’s a common way to treat chronic sinusitis. Of course, balloon sinuplasty is a nonsurgical procedure that often provides patients with the relief they need from chronic sinus symptoms without having to undergo traditional surgery. Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and requires far less recovery time.
However, sometimes traditional surgery may be necessary to repair structural deformities, remove diseased tissue and even reconstruct certain areas of the sinuses.
Arizona ENT in Sun City West and Sun City, AZ, wants to help you finally get the relief you need from nagging, miserable sinus symptoms so that you can go out there and enjoy that breath of fresh air. We want you to be able to stop and smell the flowers. Call us today to learn more.
Discover the surgical options for treating your severe or chronic sinus infection.
Anyone who has had to deal with the endless battle of sinus symptoms knows how difficult it can be to find relief. You’ve probably tried every over-the-counter or prescription medication possible and you’ve certainly made changes to your lifestyle and yet you still see no changes. This is where our otolaryngologists serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ, area step in. If you aren’t finding sinus relief then it’s time to consider sinus surgery.
Here are the different sinus surgery options:
With advancements in medical technology endoscopic treatment is often preferred to traditional sinus surgery since it is less invasive, boasts a faster recovery time and is less likely to cause complications. A popular sinus treatment is balloon sinuplasty, in which our Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West ear doctor places a small flexible tube into the nasal passages. At the end of this scope is a deflated balloon.
Once the scope is inside the inflamed or blocked passageways, we will inflate the balloon to remove the blockage and to allow sinuses to properly drain. Once the nasal walls have been widened they will remain like this even once the endoscope has been removed. Most patients will not require additional treatment after this procedure, and patients often return to work within one to two days afterwards.
While endoscopic surgery may seem like the best option it isn’t always ideal for all patients. If we find that you have pus, an infection within the bones of the face or you have developed a brain abscess due to sinus complications then this surgery will be necessary to fully treat these more serious issues.
Who Needs Sinus Surgery
While most people won’t require surgery in order to address sinus problems, you may want to consider getting surgery if:
- You have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis
- You’ve been following our medical treatment plan for up to six weeks with no changes in symptoms
- You have nasal polyps or something that is preventing your sinuses from draining
Don’t let sinus pain, pressure and congestion affect your life. Turn to the ENT sinus specialists at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ, area to give you the treatment you need to breathe a little easier.