Rhinosinusitis is the preferred term describing inflammation of the nasal passage and one or more of the paranasal sinuses. Acute Sinusitis is swelling and irritation lasting less than 4 weeks, while Chronic Sinusitis symptoms last more than 12 weeks. It is important to realize that every bout of Sinusitis is not an infection. Allergy and environmental irritants play a huge role in causing sinus ailments, so blindly treating every episode with antibiotics is not the correct solution.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you most likely are suffering from sinusitis:
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal discharge
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure or pain
- Decreased sense of smell
Dr. Brodner does not rely merely on symptoms to make a diagnosis; instead, he uses evidence-based medicine to accurately identify the source of your sinus problem.
Endoscopy (a tiny camera gently placed within the nose) allows him to examine the inside of your nose and sinuses to assess for polyps, growths, or a deviated septum. Using cultures to evaluate problem areas allows Dr Brodner to definitively determine the presence of infection identifying not only specific bacteria, but also the antibiotics to which they are susceptible.
How Will Dr. Brodner Treat My Sinusitis?
Medical Therapy Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. Treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays is often successful in reducing mucosal swelling, fighting infection, and relieving obstructions of the sinus opening (ostium). Inhaling steam or use of saline nasal sprays or drops can also help relieve sinus discomfort. However, at least 20% of patients do not respond adequately to medications.
Conventional Sinus Surgery The goals of sinus surgery are to clear blocked sinuses restoring normal sinus drainage and to preserve normal anatomy and mucosal tissue. Conventional sinus surgery is called Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS). With ESS, specialized instruments are placed into the nose along with a small endoscope to help the surgeon see inside the nose and nasal cavities. The procedure works by removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening. The removal of bone and tissue may lead to post-operative pain, scarring, and bleeding. Uncomfortable nasal packing may be required to control the bleeding. Dr. Brodner no longer performs this style of sinus surgery and has evolved to utilizing minimally-invasive techniques.
Balloon Sinus Dilation: A new, minimally-invasive procedure, performed by Dr. Brodner in the office or the operating room, that reopens the sinus pathways and restores drainage to deliver immediate and long-lasting relief to recurrent and chronic sinusitis sufferers. In balloon sinus dilation, Dr. Brodner reshapes anatomy by inflating small balloons in key places in the nose and sinus to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage. The sinus balloon is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining, and restoring normal sinus drainage and function. There is minimal bleeding and most patients return to normal activities within 24 hours. Clinical research has indicated that Balloon Sinus Dilation is a safe and effective tool in treating blocked sinuses.
Balloon Sinus Dilation: Break your sinusitis routine
Poor sinus drainage, which leads to infection and discomfort, is the source of persistent or recurring sinus pain. Antibiotics, decongestants, and steroids can be used to minimize the discomfort of symptoms, but they do not fix the underlying drainage problem.
By restoring sinus drainage, balloon sinus dilation can provide lasting sinus relief to qualified patients, and the sinusitis cycle.
Performed by Dr. Brodner under local anesthesia, balloon sinus dilation offers a new, in-office choice to sinusitis patients. Patients have experienced significant improvement in sinusitis symptoms. For more information visit: http://sinussurgeryoptions.com/sinusitis-treatments/balloon-sinus-dilation.php
If you suffer from sinusitis, call The Center for Sinus, Allergy, & Sleep Wellness today to learn about how balloon sinuplasty from our Boynton Beach, FL otolaryngology specialist Dr. David C. Brodner could help you!