Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacterial, viral, and /or microbial infections. Once you are diagnosed with sinusitis, you doctor may place you on prescription medications such as antibiotics, decongestants, nasal steroid sprays, and/or antihistamines. You may go through a few trials of the medications before you are considered a candidate for sinus surgery. If you are considered a candidate for surgery, you will be referred for a computed tomography (CT) scan of your sinuses to determine the extent of your sinusitis. This CT scan will later be used to navigate the surgical instruments through the sinus passages and provide surgical relief more precisely.
Treatment Options – Balloon Sinuplasty
Conventional Sinus Surgery or Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) involves the insertion of the endoscope, a very thin fiber-optic tube, into the nose for a direct visual examination of the openings into the sinuses. With state of the art micro-telescopes and instruments, abnormal and obstructive tissues are then removed. The advantage of the procedure is that it is frequently performed on an outpatient basis. After surgery, nasal irrigation with a sinus rinse will be beneficial.
Another treatment option involves clinically validated Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ system of devices. 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.