Sinusitis is a common condition in which the cavities around the sinuses become inflamed and swollen. Acute sinusitis is usually caused by an infection, but also by allergies, chemical irritation, or smoke (and also unknown causes). For sinusitis caused by any bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, give us a call to find out how Dr. Scott can improve your quality of life.
On the other hand, chronic sinusitis can also be caused by an infection, but is usually caused by growths in the sinuses such as nasal polyps, or by a deviated septum. If your sinusitis is lasting longer than 12 weeks, or if you suffer from more than 2-3 infections per year, and your prescribed medications are not helping much, chances are there is a more complex issue to deal with. The
long-lasting symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis may include thick yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of your throat, nasal obstruction or congestion that causes difficulty breathing, tenderness or swelling in the facial area around the eyes, or reduced sense of smell and/or taste.
Nasal & Sinus Endoscopy-
In the case of chronic sinusitis, Dr. Scott can easily make a diagnosis by taking a CT scan of the sinuses or by a nasal endoscopy. A nasal endoscopy is a procedure that uses a high quality endoscope (a type of camera that can easily examine your nasal passages) to obtain a magnified view of the nasal and sinus passages.
A nasal endoscopy is generally a quick and easy procedure that gives us a great view of the inside of your nasal passage and sinus cavities. First, we numb the inside of the nose so you cannot feel a thing. Then, we take a look inside with a tiny camera that makes it easy to spot potential issues and make an accurate diagnosis. This procedure is done inside our office, and is a great first step in treating sinus disease.
The goal of surgery is to carefully remove the thin, delicate bone and mucous membranes that block the drainage pathways of the sinuses. The term “endoscopic” refers to the use of small fiber optic telescopes that allow all of the surgery to be performed through the nostrils, without the need for any skin incisions. Endoscopic sinus surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis, and our patients suffer only a very mild discomfort with a relatively short recovery time.