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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 29, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

How sinus surgery from your ENT specialists in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, can help you

You need to be able to breathe easily, but if you suffer from sinus problems, breathing can be difficult. There are effective ways to treat sinus issues, and one of them is sinus surgery. If you are considering sinus surgery, you need to know the facts.

The ENT specialists at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery offer a wide range of ENT services including sinus surgery. They have several convenient office locations in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, to help you feel better.

These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions about sinus surgery:

What conditions can sinus surgery treat?

Sinus surgery can help you feel better if you have:

  • Chronic sinus headaches or sinusitis
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Abnormal sinus growths
  • Nasal or sinus polyps
  • Fungal sinus disease
  • Structural problems in your sinuses
  • Obstructions in your sinuses

What are some of the benefits of sinus surgery?

Sinus surgery:

  • Is quick
  • Is more comfortable
  • Is less invasive
  • Requires minimal downtime
  • Is often performed on an outpatient basis

What types of sinus surgery are there?

Sinus surgery uses the latest tools and technology to help you breathe easier. These are just a few of the many sinus surgery procedures available:

Balloon sinuplasty, which uses a catheter with a balloon on the end; the catheter is inserted into your nostril and guided up into your sinus. When an obstruction is found, the balloon is inflated, which opens the blocked area. After treatment, the balloon is deflated, and the catheter is removed.

Endoscopic surgery, which uses a thin tube known as an endoscope; the endoscope is moved through your nasal passages and up into your sinus. The endoscope can remove sinus polyps, nasal polyps, and abnormal growths.

Open sinus surgery, which may be necessary for more serious sinus conditions like cancer of the sinuses, to correct structural issues, or to remove diseased tissue.

To find out more about the benefits of sinus surgery, talk with the experts. Call the ENT specialists at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery. You can reach them in their offices in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL, by calling (708) 460-0007, so call today!

By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 10, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Nosebleeds  
NosebleedsWith the dry winter weather approaching, it’s normal for people to experience more nosebleeds; however, it’s also important to recognize what is causing your nosebleeds so you can take the appropriate measures to prevent them. While most nosebleeds aren’t a cause for concern, sometimes they may require turning to an ENT doctor for more specialized care.

Why do nosebleeds happen?

The two most common reasons for nosebleeds are picking at the skin, which leads to injury of the soft tissue in the nose and drying out of nasal tissue, which causes the tissue to crack and bleed. While these issues are unpleasant they are not typically something to worry about. Particularly dry environments can often dry out the nasal cavity and lead to nosebleeds, so you may notice them more often during the winter months.
Why do nosebleeds keep happening to me?

What if you are dealing with nosebleeds four or more times a week? If this is what you’re currently experiencing, then you’re dealing with recurring or chronic nosebleeds. This is typically a symptom of an underlying problem that warrants seeing an ENT doctor for an evaluation.

There are several reasons you may be dealing with chronic or persistent nosebleeds and it’s your otolaryngologist’s job to figure out what’s causing them. Through a physical examination of the nose and sinuses, your doctor may be able to figure out what’s going on. In some instances, imaging tests may be necessary to rule out or diagnose a condition or problem. Allergies are a common cause of recurring nosebleeds.

Nasal polyps or tumors in the sinuses can also cause nosebleeds. If you have a blood clotting disorder or you’re on blood thinners this is information that you will need to include in your medical history so that your doctor can determine the best way to reduce your risk for nosebleeds.

Don’t let recurring or severe nosebleeds impact your daily routine. An ENT doctor will be able to figure out what’s causing your nosebleeds and what you can do to prevent them from happening in the first place.