Sinus Treatment and Procedure
There are quite numerous methods to treat or manage sinusitis and nasal polyps, and often requires a combination of treatment options. These methods range from lifestyle changes and over-the-counter remedies, to prescribed medications and surgery. With any method, the goal is to:
- Reduce inflammation (swelling) in the sinuses
- Allow the nasal pathways to circulate air properly
- Enable mucus to drain
- Address symptoms that impact quality of life
Sinus Surgery Overview
Endoscopic sinus surgery can offer the chance for meaningful relief from painful sinusitis symptoms. With minimally invasive sinus surgery, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician treats the source of the problem directly, removing any blockage and widening the sinus opening.
HOME REMEDY OVERVIEW
For many, trying home remedies for chronic sinusitis is an easy place to start. Home remedies include saline nasal irrigation with a squeeze bottle, a Neti pot or saline sprays to moisten the nasal pathways.
MEDICAL THERAPY OVERVIEW
Medical therapy for sinusitis typically involves an antibiotics prescription to treat infection and/or oral or nasal steroids to treat inflammation.
It can sometimes involve over-the-counter remedies, such as decongestants to shrink blood vessels and tissues and decrease mucus production, antihistamines to dry out the lining of the nose and thicken mucus or fast-acting nasal sprays. These methods are not intended for long-term use.
Balloon Sinus Dilation Overview
Balloon sinus dilation is performed by an ENT surgeon using a balloon catheter. The procedure can be performed either in the operating room or in the physician’s office. Balloons cannot remove inflamed tissue or polyps, but they can help expand the sinus outflow tracts (ostia).
Always closely follow your doctor’s guidelines for aftercare and take all medications as prescribed to avoid side-effects. Patients may have to make changes in their lifestyle for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Kanwar Kelley’s office is located in Orinda California and if you need Sinus Surgery, don’t hesitate to make an appointment (925) 254-6710. He is an experienced ENT physician who can guide your health in the right direction.