What is Sinusitis?

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Sinusitis is inflammation or swelling of the sinus lining. Blocked sinuses cause painful symptoms or recurrent sinus infections.

Symptoms of acute and chronic sinusitis include:

  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Facial pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Bad breath
  • Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
  • Fever
  • Cough that produces mucus
  • Sinus pressure or congestion<
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Reduced or complete loss of sense of smell and taste
  • Yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or throat

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Treatments for Sinusitis

Medical therapy

Sinusitis is commonly treated with medication. Inhaling steam, applying saline or steroid nasal sprays, and taking antibiotics are typically used to temporarily relieve symptoms. Clinical studies show that about 60% of sinus sufferers do not get relief.

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.

  • Operated in hospital
  • Nasal bone and tissue removed
  • General Anesthesia
  • Nasal Packing
  • Post surgery pain and scarring

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Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough sinus procedure performed by trained and qualified ENT doctors for chronic sinusitis. A small flexible balloon catheter is used to open blocked sinus passages and drain mucus buildup. Once all the mucus and pus is flushed out with saline, the balloon is removed and sinuses are open for you to breathe freely.</>

  • Performed in doctor’s office
  • No cutting or removal of nasal bone and tissue
  • Mild sedation
  • Nasal Packing
  • No heavy pain medication
  • Fast recovery and return to work next day

For more information on Balloon Sinuplasty, visit our Balloon Sinuplasty FAQ’s page.

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