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Sinus Treatment Options

Medical Treatment

Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. Treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays is often successful in reducing swelling, fighting infection, and relieving obstructions of the sinus opening. Inhaling steam or using nasal saline sprays or drops may also help relieve sinus discomfort. However, not all patients respond adequately to medications.

Conventional Sinus Surgery

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is a surgical approach toward finding sinusitis relief. 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 and may lead to post-operative pain and bleeding that requires uncomfortable nasal packing to control.

Minimally Invasive Sinus Procedures

Some Otolaryngologists or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physicians use minimally invasive tools and approaches for sinus surgery as well. The Relieva Ballon SinuplastyTM is a solution in endoscopic sinus surgery that uses minimally invasive sinus balloon catheters to position a balloon into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function often without tissue or bone removal. The Relieva Stratus™ Microflow Spacer is the newest device in this family and the only to release medication directly into the sinuses.

Click here for a list of Otolaryngologists on staff at Community Hospital who offer the Balloon Sinuplasty alternative to sinus surgery or call the free physician referral line at 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.

What are the benefits of using
Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices?

  • Minimally invasive - The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices introduced entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinuses.
  • Safe and effective - While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, studies demonstrate that the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is safe and effective in relieving sinusitis symptoms.
  • Reduced bleeding - No tissue or bone is removed during surgery using this technology, leading to reduced bleeding.
  • Fast recovery time - While recovery time varies with each patient, some patients have been known to return to normal activities within 24-48 hours.

Physicians who offer these services at Community Hospital

Otolaryngologists or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) are physicians specially trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck - including sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat).  These physicians offer comprehensive management of:

  • Disease and trauma of the ear including ear infections, swimmer’s ear, hearing loss, dizziness and ringing in the ear (tinnitus).
  • Pediatric ENT conditions such as ear infections, tonsil and adenoid infections and allergy/sinus disease.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the head and neck including the thyroid and voice box.
  • Disorders of the nose and sinuses such as stuffy nose, nosebleeds, loss of smell and nasal congestion.
  • Throat Disorders such as voice and swallowing problems, sore throat, hoarseness and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Click here to view physicians who specialize in Otolaryngology or call the free physician referral line for an ENT physician at 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.