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Sinus Surgery (ENT)

Approximately 37 million people suffer from Sinusits. Sinusits is an inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections: as well as structural issues like blockages of the sinus opening (ostium). If the sinus opening (ostium) is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur- this condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic. Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a “runny nose”, and a fever, run their course in a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop. If sinusitis occurs frequently or lasts three months or longer, it may be chronic sinusitis.

The most common treatment options for sinusitis are medical therapies and/or conventional sinus surgery. Medical therapy consists of treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays. However, 20 % of patients do not respond to these treatments. The next step to finding sinusits relief is functional endoscoic sinus surgery. This is where specialized instruments are placed into the nose along with a small endoscope to help with the surgeon see inside the nose and nasal cavities. The procedure works by removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening. There is now a new option called Balloon septoplasty.

First Street Hospital Sinus Surgery Program offers relief to those suffering from chronic sinusitis through its minimally invasive Balloon Septoplasty Procedure. This alternative procedure uses a minimally invasive sinus balloon catheters to position a balloon into the blocked sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function often without tissue or bone removal.

 

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Ron Moses, MD

Ron Moses, MD

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Richard Hung, MD

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