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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.