Sinus issues encompass a large spectrum of symptoms that can affect the patient’s quality of life and lead to significant financial burden. At Sonoran Ear Nose and Throat, we are able to appropriately diagnose distinct sinus and nasal issues for specific and appropriate therapies. Therapies are broken down into medical and surgical.
- Medical Therapy – Though there are a multitude of over the counter medications available today, the selection and combinations are not so obvious. There are appropriate situations for over the counter medications, though prescription medications can still come into play. Consultation with the Otolaryngologists at Sonoran Ear Nose and Throat will demystify sinus therapy, and appropriate prescription therapy if indicated, including decongestants, antihistamines, nasal steroid/anthistamine sprays, antibiotics, steroids, etc.
- Surgical Therapy – Surgery has the goal of opening and draining the sinuses and opening the nasal airway for improved nasal and sinus ventilation. There are multiple surgeries performed by the Otolaryngologists at Sonoran Ear Nose and Throat that are available
- Septoplasty – This is the straightening of the septum (wall between the nostrils) to improve nasal airflow and ventilation to the sinuses
- Turbinate Reduction – Turbinates are folds of tissues on the inside side walls of the nose that may cause obstruction mechanically. Turbinate reduction is performed multiple ways to the get the same goal of reducted turbinate size and therefore improved nasal airflow.
- Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) – Sinus surgery goals encompass opening and draining the sinuses (air filled cavities in the head) that may be the source of sinus infections chronically.
- Traditional FESS – This technique is utilized en face of chronic sinusitis that does not respond to medical therapy. This may include a small removal of tissue that is obstructive to the sinus cavity drainage sites, which may include polyps, swollen mucosa/tissue, or bone. Microdebriders are used to resect small amounts of tissue to open the sinuses.
- Balloon SinuplastyTM – A novel technique for select sinus patients, that utilizes small balloons in the operating room or in the office, to dilate the sinus cavity openings in a nontraumatic fashion. A very safe procedure, often used with traditional FESS, called a hybrid procedure. (https://www.acclarent.com/solutions/sinusitis-overview/balloon-sinuplasty-technology)
- Stereotactic CT Guidance – This is a tool used in the operating room, that utilizes a CT scan (x-ray of the sinuses) and creates a map of the sinuses in 3D form for the surgeon to effectively have a “GPS” to follow for the intricacies of sinus surgery. This is used to avoid complications of damage to the brain, eyes, and blood vessels, and allows for a more complete sinus surgery.
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