Chronic Sinusitis Treatment Options
Chronic sinusitis symptoms can make you miserable and impact your quality of life. In order to get relief you need to make the right treatment decision with your doctor.
Over the last 2 years the Balloon Sinuplasty technology has emerged as a new complement to existing approaches. The information below summarizes the primary approaches for treating chronic sinusitis.
Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. Treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays is often successful in reducing mucosal swelling fighting infection and relieving obstructions of the sinus opening (ostium). Inhaling steam or use of saline nasal sprays or drops can also help relieve sinus discomfort. However at least 20% of patients do not respond adequately to medications.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS)
The goals of sinus surgery are to clear blocked sinuses restoring normal sinus drainage and to preserve normal anatomy and mucosal tissue. Specialized instruments are placed into the nose along with a small endoscope to help the surgeon see inside the nose and nasal cavities.
Sinus surgery with traditional instrumentation removes bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening. The removal of bone and tissue may lead to post-operative pain scarring and bleeding. Uncomfortable nasal packing may be required to control the bleeding.