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Could you benefit from sinus surgery? Here’s how to tell.
Nasal blockages, facial pain and pressure, tension headaches…these are all symptoms that manifest when you are dealing with sinus problems. Most people will deal with sinus issues at some point during their lifetime, but what if symptoms are severe or persistent for months? How do you know that it’s time to turn to our Orland Park, IL, otolaryngologist Dr. Brian Farrell for surgery?
You have recurring sinus infections
If you are dealing with chronic sinusitis, symptoms that last more than 12 weeks, or recurring infections (at least three infections in one year) it may be time to consider sinus surgery. Our Orland Park, IL, ENT doctor will first provide you with a variety of non-surgical treatment options; however, if these treatments do not provide relief then you will need to discuss whether surgery is the next step.
You are dealing with nasal polyps
Nasal polyps are little swollen watery sacs that develop and hang off the lining of the nasal cavity. The problem with polyps is that they can sometimes grow so large that they block the nasal passages. This can lead to mucus buildup and severe allergy symptoms. In this case, your ENT doctor may recommend sinus surgery to remove the polyp.
You are dealing with fungal sinusitis
Since most sinus infections are bacterial you may be surprised to discover that your sinus infection is actually due to a fungus. Fungal sinus infections cause the exact same symptoms as a bacterial or viral sinus infection; however, your symptoms may be more severe. If you are dealing with severe sinus infection symptoms it’s a good idea to see your ENT doctor to confirm whether it’s bacterial, viral or fungal. Invasive or chronic fungal sinusitis will typically require surgery.
Your deviated septum causes serious breathing problems
A deviated septum is a rather common structural abnormality in the nose that results when the thin wall that separates the two nostrils leans more to one side or is slightly off-kilter. In some cases, a deviated septum may completely block one of even both of the nostrils, making it difficult to breathe through your nose. If a deviated septum is affecting your breathing, then surgery may be recommended.
Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery provides everything from allergy treatments to sinus surgery to those living in Orland Park, Evergreen Park and New Lenox, IL. If you are dealing with persistent sinus problems schedule an appointment with us by calling (708) 460-0007.
Acute sinusitis can be a miserable condition for many. Characterized by inflammation in the lining of your nose and sinuses, the condition can make it hard to drain the mucus from your nose, causing difficulty and pain while sleeping and breathing.
If you and your doctor have tried antibiotics, antihistamines, nasal sprays, or flushing treatments to treat your acute sinusitis to no avail, it may be time to ask Dr. Brian Farrell of Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Orland Park, IL, about sinus surgery options.
Before recommending any sort of surgery, we will go over your medical history at our Orland Park office and diagnose the source of your sinusitis, using scans or tests to ensure any procedure will be safe and effective at addressing the cause. Here are some of the nasal surgery options that we offer at our Orland Park office:
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
This procedure uses an endoscope, a slim fiber-optic tube, to examine the sinus openings and remove any tissues that are causing blockage. This sinus surgery is done entirely through the nostrils, which allows for quicker healing and less discomfort. Nasal packing or nasal irrigation may be recommended follow-ups to FESS.
Caldwell Luc operation
Named for an American physician and a French laryngologist, this sinus surgery is commonly used when there is a tumor in the sinus cavity. A more invasive surgery, your doctor at our Orland Park office will reach your maxillary sinus, under the eye, by entering through your upper jaw above one of your molar teeth. An opening will be created to allow for better sinus drainage.
This high-tech method is best for severe cases of acute sinusitis. Using CT scanning and infrared signals, we can very precisely navigate the sinus passage to remove or fix the tissue causing your sinus problems.
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If you are suffering from acute sinusitis and find that previous treatments and remedies are providing you no relief, call Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Orland Park at 708-460-0007 to schedule a consultation. We are committed to helping you breathe easy.
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.