Which sinus treatment is right for me?
Infections and minor nasal and sinus conditions can be treated with prescription or over the counter medicine. However, when persistent problems are caused by structural issues, a minimally-invasive procedure—such as balloon sinuplasty—may be the best option.
What to expect at your sinus consult
At the appointment, we’ll examine your nose and sinuses to identify any problems that may be making your symptoms worse. The provider will give you options for treating these issues and then help you decide which is the best option for you. The appointment can include a CT scan if the provider feels it will help provide more information. The total appointment time is less than an hour.
The treatments we offer:
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Turbinate reduction
- Nasal valve repair / Spirox Latera
- Chronic rhinorrhea / ClariFix™
- A surgical procedure to treat a deviated septum, which can cause a persistent stuffy nose
- Performed internally, requiring no external incisions
- No nasal packing or splinting
- No external nasal swelling or bruising
- 10-15 minute in-office procedure with intravenous sedation
- Back to work/school within 1-2 days
Turbinate reduction surgery
What is turbinate hypertrophy?
Turbinates are humidifiers inside the nose that can become enlarged, severely narrowing the airspace. Turbinate hypertrophy is one of the most common causes of a stuffy nose, or nasal obstruction. There are a number of potential causes of turbinate hypertrophy, including allergies and chronic sinus infections.
What is turbinate reduction surgery?
The most common way of treating this condition is through nasal steroids and antihistamine sprays. If medications aren't effective, several methods of reducing the turbinates are designed to provide permanent and dramatic improvement in nasal breathing.
- Simple 5-minute in-office procedure with or without intravenous sedation
- Patients can go back to work the next day
Nasal valve repair / Spirox Latera
Symptoms of a nasal valve collapse
- Persistent nasal congestion/stuffiness, often worse at night or during exercise
- Weakness in the sidewalls of the nose, allowing inward collapse during breathing
- May involve one or both sides of the nose
- Can result from trauma or previous surgery
- Often improves with Breathe Right® strips
Nasal Valve Surgery
- 5-minute in-office procedure
- Can be performed with or without intravenous sedation
- Back to work the next day
- Patients experience over a 50% reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms with no negative cosmetic effects
What are nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps are grape-like growths in the lining of the nasal and sinus cavity, causing congestion, loss of smell, and sinus pressure.
In order to achieve long-term resolution, treatment often requires removal of the polyps and treatment of underlying allergies. This procedure is performed in-office with intravenous sedation usually providing an immediate and dramatic improvement in breathing and sense of smell.
Chronic Rhinorrhea / ClariFix™
Chronic rhinorrhea, often caused by vasomotor rhinitis, produces a persistent, clear runny nose for no supposed reason. This condition can be unresponsive to medications. If that's the case, there are simple office procedures, like ClariFix™, that can provide relief from runny nose, congestion, and reduces the need to use sinus and allergy medication. Patients are back to their normal activities the next day.