Posts for tag: Sinus Surgery
Should I consider sinus surgery?
Before considering whether you could benefit from surgery, it’s important to talk with your ENT if you are dealing with severe or recurring sinus infection issues. Your ENT will be able to provide you with a variety of options based on the cause of your sinus problems; however, if nonsurgical treatment options aren’t helping, then sinus surgery may be recommended.
There are many reasons people get sinus surgery. Surgery can be used to treat chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum. Symptoms include nasal blockages, congestion, stuffy nose, pain, and pressure around the nose and eyes, nasal drainage, and headaches.
What types of sinus surgery are available?
Here are some of the most commonly performed sinus surgeries,
If you are dealing with symptoms related to a deviated septum, your ENT may recommend a septoplasty, which allows us to fix the wall of cartilage that divides the two nasal cavities (known as the septum). If someone is dealing with chronic sinusitis or chronic nasal congestion due to a deviated septum, then septoplasty may provide them with relief.
This minimally invasive procedure can alleviate chronic sinusitis. A balloon is inserted and inflated into the nasal passages to open up the cavity to flush out mucus and bacteria. Most people experience immediate relief, and relief can last to two years or more after this procedure is performed.
Most people assume a rhinoplasty, or “nose job”, is simply a cosmetic treatment; however, sometimes this procedure is performed for functional reasons. A functional rhinoplasty allows our ENT team to correct structural abnormalities and issues with the structure of the nose to improve airflow and nasal breathing.
Endoscopic sinus surgery
This is one of the most common surgical procedures that an ENT performs. Endoscopic surgery involves less invasive surgical techniques, which results in fewer side effects, complications, and downtime. This surgery can help reconstruct the nasal passages and also remove excess or problematic tissue or bone to improve breathing and to alleviate blockages.
If you are dealing with persistent or severe sinus problems that are impacting your quality of life, then it’s time to talk with an ENT doctor to discuss your treatment options and determine whether sinus surgery is right for you.
If your nasal symptoms take longer to recede even with a prescription and over the counter medication, you may have a sinus infection. Chronic sinusitis is characterized by recurrent infection, regardless of allergens. You do not need to have allergies to have chronic sinusitis. To have these symptoms examined, and to determine if you need sinus surgery, come to Arizona Ear, Nose, Throat Physicians. Our practice serves Sun City, AZ, and Sun City West, AZ.
Who would benefit from sinus surgery?
Many people who suffer chronic sinusitis would benefit from sinus surgery. Other reasons why you may need surgery are obstructions of the sinuses and injury.
Some of the signs patients experience with chronic sinusitis are:
- Inflammation of the nasal passages for three months or more
Many irritations of the nose go away on their own, but long-lasting inflammation or recurrent symptoms may need a visit to the doctor.
- Struggles with allergy symptoms that do not end
As stated before, sneezing and blowing your nose even after you’ve treated the symptoms with medications is a sign you may need additional help. You may also experience post-nasal drip or mucus that always drains at the back of the throat.
- Swelling and redness inside of the nasal passages
These symptoms are often confused with allergies, so it is a good idea to have a specialist check and rule out any other conditions. Sinuses can swell up and block airways, making it hard to breathe, sleep, and even speak.
Non-stop nose-blowing interferes with day-to-day activity and leaves you tired. The increased nose blowing may lead to more swelling and irritation of the sinuses, creating a cycle of inflammation.
Sinus surgery may be the procedure you need to find lasting relief if you have recurrent sinus infections. If constant nose blowing and sinus headaches sound like you, it may be time to come into our Sun City or Sun City West, AZ, office. Call us at (623) 975-1660 for our Sun City West, AZ, location. Patients in Sun City, AZ, may reach us at (623) 972-2951 for a consultation.
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.
Find out more
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.
Give Us a Call!
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.