St. Mary Medical Center

Sinus Treatment

Sinus Treatment Options

Nasal and sinus conditions afflict more than 37 million people a year in the United States. These conditions range from nasal congestion to headaches to recurrent infections. If you are one of these people, you know how painful and life changing a sinus condition can be.  At St. Mary Medical Center, we offer various treatment options for sinus disorders.

Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections; as well as structural issues like blockages of the sinus opening. If the sinus opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic. Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a "runny nose," and fever, run their course in a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop. If sinusitis occurs frequently or lasts three months or longer, it may be chronic sinusitis.

Common symptoms include:

  • Facial pain, pressure
  • Nasal congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

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 often the next step 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.

Endoscopic Surgery with the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ System

This alternative solution in endoscopic sinus surgery 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.

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 St. Mary Medical Center

Otolaryngologists 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.