Sinusitis Treatment Options

Sinus infections and pressure headaches can be so painful, it may be difficult to breathe and function during every day activities. If you suffer from chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis, your primary care doctor is likely to refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT doctor). An ENT doctor will determine the best sinusitis treatment plan for you.

Typical sinusitis treatment begins with medication, which may include homeopathic, over-the-counter and prescription medications, which may include:

  • Decongestants
  • Nasal steroids – Antibiotics – Mucus thinning drugs – decongestants
  • Oral steroids

Natural remedies, including cool and hot mist vaporizers, steam, Neti Pot and sinus rinsing.

Healthcare professionals often find it difficult to treat the majority of chronic sinusitis sufferers with medication. It is estimated that at least 20% of chronic sinusitis patients are not successfully treated with medical therapy.(1)

Sinus Surgery

Safe and effective(2,3), Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, breakthrough technology used by a qualified ENT doctor to treat recurrent acute sinusitis patients, or chronic sinusitis patients, who have sinusitis symptoms that have not responded to sinus medications and therapies. (2) Studies following chronic sinusitis patients report durable results lasting up to two years after the procedure.(3)

In some areas, Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed right in the ENT doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The doctor begins by inserting a small, flexible balloon catheter into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus. The sinus balloon is slowly inflated to restructure the blocked nasal passage.

Unlike conventional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty preserves the normal anatomy of the sinuses and mucosal tissue, and does not require the removal of bone and tissue.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Previously, the only surgical option for clearing blocked sinuses was known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), which removes bone and tissue from the nose to enlarge the sinus opening. This removal of bone and tissue can require uncomfortable nasal packing after surgery and lead to post-surgery pain and scarring.

Since 2005, more than 330,000 patients have been treated safely by physicians using Balloon Sinuplasty technology.

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Sources

  1. Hamilos, D. Chronic sinusitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2000; 106: 213-227; Stankiewicz, J., et al,. Cost Analysis in the Diagnosis of Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol 2003;17(3): 139-142; Subramanian, H., et al. A Retrospective Analysis of Treatment Outcomes and Time to Relapse after Intensive Medical Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis. Am J Rhinol 2002; 16(6): 303-312; Hessler, J., et al. Clinical outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis in response to medical therapy: Results of a prospective study. Am J Rhinol 2007; 21(1): 10-18; Lal, D., et al. Efficacy of targeted medical therapy in chronic rhinosinusitis, and predictors of failure. Am J Rhinol Allergy 23, 396-400, 2009.
  2. Cutler J, Bikhazi N, Light J, Truitt T, Schwartz M. Standalone balloon dilation versus sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis: A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial. Am J Rhinol Allergy
  3. Levine, et al.  Multicenter Registry of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy Outcomes for 1,036 Patients, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 2008, Vol. 117, pp. 263-270.

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