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If you’ve been having trouble breathing due to sinus issues find out if surgery might help.
Most people will deal with a sinus infection at some point during their lifetime. While a stuffy nose, nasal congestion, and facial pressure may be uncomfortable these symptoms will usually go away within a week or two. Unfortunately, there are some people who suffer from chronic or recurring sinus infections. When this happens it’s a good time to turn to our Chicago otolaryngologist Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest ENT to find out what he can do to help.
The Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
In order for a sinus infection to be chronic, symptoms have to last for more than 12 weeks. The common symptoms of sinusitis include,
- Nasal inflammation
- Thick nasal discharge
- Postnasal drip
- Nasal congestion
- Trouble breathing through the nose
- Coughing that’s worse at night
- Pain the ears
- Facial pain and pressure
- Bad breath
When to Consider Sinus Surgery
While many people won’t require surgery in order to effectively treat their sinusitis, surgery may be the best option for someone who has been dealing with chronic sinusitis that isn’t responding to nonsurgical treatments.
Only once a patient has exhausted all other treatment options will our Chicago otolaryngologist doctor recommend getting sinus surgery. Surgery is effective for removing blockages in the nasal cavity to drain the sinuses and restore breathing.
Before undergoing surgery, your otolaryngologist will run a CT scan of the sinuses about 4-6 weeks after starting sinusitis medication to see if it's working. This CT scan will also help us determine what might be causing your sinus infection.
We know that your goal is to find the best physicians in the Chicagoland area. That’s why Midwest ENT is proud to be part of Northwestern Private Practice, which provides patients with independent physicians who are working at the esteemed Northwestern Memorial Hospital and other Northwestern-affiliated clinics. Learn more about us on our website: www.northwesternprivatepractice.com.
We believe that getting medical care, from a simple ENT consultation to undergoing sinus surgery, should be quick and easy. We are often able to get patients in to see a doctor within a week. If you’re looking for an ENT doctor in Chicago to treat your sinus problems then turn to Dr. Siegel of Midwest ENT.
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.
Oh, no, it's happening again. You recognize the symptoms of another sinus infection: the congestion, the inability to smell, the fever. You've had sinusitis so often this year that the condition basically is chronic. You wonder if sinus surgery from Midwest Ear Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL is the answer. Dr. Gordon Siegel can evaluate you so you both understand your condition and choose the appropriate treatment.
There are four of these cavities in the skull. All are lined with soft tissue, or mucosa. They are called:
- The frontal sinuses, located above the eyebrows
- The ethmoid sinuses, located at either side of the bridge of the nose
- The maxillary sinuses, in the cheekbones
- The sphenoid sinuses, behind the nose
Through chronic inflammation from allergies, deviation of the septum (divider) in the nose, polyps (small benign growths) or sinusitis, a bacterial or viral infection, these sinuses may swell and malfunction. Hence, patients experience pain, stuffiness, runny nose and general malaise.
Pinpointing the causes and treatments in Chicago
To determine treatment for persistent sinus problems, Dr. Siegel listens carefully to his patient's symptoms. Additionally, he may order X-ray imaging and three-dimensional CT scans to view the interior of the sinuses and what abnormalities (such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps) may be present.
Then, based on these findings, he devises an individualized care plan. Typically, otolaryngologists attempt to control active sinus issues with conservative treatments first. Sinus surgery is typically a last resort. Conservative treatments may include:
- Antihistamines and/or antibiotics
- Nasal decongestant sprays
- Nasal corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
Fortunately, most modern sinus surgeries are less invasive and lead to less downtime than older style procedures. Surgery allows the sinuses to drain and removes obstructions such as polyps.
One of the most frequent, effective and easiest to accomplish surgeries is sinus balloon dilation. During this quick, in-office treatment, Dr. Siegel inserts a small instrument through the nostril into the sinus. There, he inflates a small balloon which creates more room within the sinus, allowing for better drainage. Patients typically feel relief right away.
Other surgeries are Image-guided by CT scan, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, and Caldwell Luc Surgery. Each uses tiny instruments to relieve pressure, remove obstructions and promote proper drainage as needed.
Get some relief from those problematic sinuses. Contact Midwest Ear Nose and Throat today for a consultation with Dr. Siegel in Chicago. Call (312) 988-7777.
Are your sinus problems so severe that they impact your life? If you've tried home remedies and prescription medications and still suffer, sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty may offer the best way to ease your symptoms. Dr. Gordon Siegel, your Chicago, IL otolaryngologist at Midwest Ear Nose and Throat, shares some information about these procedures.
When is surgery recommended?
Surgery is generally not the first treatment option offered and is only recommended if nothing you've tried helps your sinus issues. When sinus infections, pain and congestion become chronic and recurrent and don't respond well to medications or home treatments, Dr. Siegel may suggest sinus surgery. This procedure is usually performed to eliminate blockages or address other problems that can cause breathing difficulties or make it difficult for your sinuses to drain properly.
Is sinus surgery a major procedure?
Thanks to technological advances, sinus surgery can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Surgery is conducted using an endoscope, a thin flexible probe that's inserted into your sinuses through your nostrils. The probe contains a camera on the end that sends images to a computer monitor. After inserting tiny surgical instruments into your sinuses, Dr. Siegel consults the images to remove blockages, polyps and scar tissues, and correct structural problems, such as a deviated septum. The same-day surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and usually only takes a few hours.
How will surgery help me?
After surgery, as the swelling gradually decreases over the next several weeks, you'll begin to notice an improvement in your ability to breathe. After surgery, most people experience fewer infections. If you do happen to get an occasional infection, it will probably be less severe than in the past. Although you may not have realized it, your sinus problems may have affected your sense of smell. After surgery, you'll be able to smell normally once again.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to clear blockage and inflammation in your sinuses. You might benefit from this procedure if you suffer from sinus problems or have difficulty breathing through your nose and other treatments have not offered relief. A small balloon is placed in your nostril and expanded to widen the sinus drainage pathways.
The benefits of this procedure are that it is minimally invasive and provides long lasting relief. It is a short outpatient procedure done right in our office and can be done in as little as an hour. It also offers a quick recovery period. It may be an alternative to sinus surgery allowing you to breathe normally again.
Do you suffer from breathing problems or frequent sinus infections? Call Dr. Siegel, your Chicago, IL otolaryngologist at Midwest Ear Nose and Throat, at (312) 988-7777 to schedule an appointment to learn if sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty are a good option for you.