Sinus Infection Treatment Options
Some sinus infections can get better on their own without antibiotics, but it is often a good idea to have them evaluated by a doctor. Treatment is required for those with chronic sinus infections, which last for 12 weeks or longer. Some of the treatment options we offer include:
The balloon sinuplasty procedure can help open blocked sinus passages and relieve symptoms. The procedure can be performed in-office with the use of topical and local anesthesia, and does not require incisions or removal of tissue. After numbing, a low-profile balloon dilation device is placed into the nose and guided towards the sinus openings using a small endoscope and camera. The balloon is then inflated, allowing for the widening of the blocked or narrowed sinus passageways. By causing a targeted micro fracture effect on the bone, this leads to a permanent opening and ventilation of the blocked sinus cavities. The balloon is then deflated and removed.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic sinus surgery can help remove nasal tissues that contribute to chronic inflammation and infections. The procedure may use general anesthesia, and is performed through the nose using an endoscopic (which has a miniature camera and light attached). High-quality images will then be transmitted to a monitor inside the operating room, giving the surgeon excellent visualization of the surgical sites of interest. Small endoscopic surgical instruments will then be used to conduct the surgery by removing tissue including any nasal polyps or infectious discharge.