Do you have a history of sinus infection or chronic nasal congestion? With fall underway, now is the best time for an allergy and sinus checkup. Getting inflammation under control and making sure there’s no sinus blockage can help you avoid sinusitis, painful sinus pressure, and a miserable winter down the road.
When it comes to sinusitis, the problem may be more common than you think. In the U.S. alone, for example, nearly 31 million U.S. adults — close to 13% — have a diagnosed sinusitis condition, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics.
The Good News?
Chronic sinusitis can be effectively addressed. If the condition lasts for an extended period without responding to typical treatments such as medication, nasal irrigation, or immunotherapy, however, the most appropriate solution may be sinus surgery.
Sinus surgery offers relief by opening, enlarging, or clearing the sinus drainage pathways. It used to be an invasive, hospital-based operation with a long recovery time. Now it’s typically performed on an outpatient basis in a comfortable office setting using local anesthesia. No more lengthy recovery!
Determining whether sinus surgery is right for you involves a careful diagnostic evaluation by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. The physician may choose one of three surgical options, depending on the severity of your sinusitis: functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image-guided surgery, or the Caldwell-Luc operation.
To learn more, hear from our own Dr. Mishail A. Shapiro, otorhinolaryngologist and president of Apex ENT , as he discusses the benefits of sinus surgery, explains why and when to seek a specialist for sinus infection, and shares an animated look at the procedure.
If you’ve suffered symptoms of chronic sinusitis, you probably know firsthand the impact it can have on everyday life. So don’t delay. Schedule an evaluation with our expert medical team today at (847) 472-0315. Your health is our priority at Apex ENT . Together, let’s help you feel better, live your best, and experience your most amazing season yet!