Nose and Sinus
Have you had a cold or allergy attack that wouldn't go away?
If so, there's a good chance you had sinusitis (sinus infection). Experts estimate that 37 million people are afflicted with sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health conditions in America.
If you suspect that you have sinusitis, visit Spokane Valley ENT for proper diagnosis and treatment. Bacterial sinusitis can usually be diagnosed with a physical exam and treated effectively with an antibiotic.
Sometimes chronic sinusitis doesn’t respond to antibiotic treatments. Surgery may be necessary to remove obstructions that could be contributing to the infection.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Depending on the severity of your chronic sinusitis, your doctor may recommend surgery with a nasal endoscope, a very thin fiber-optic tube that allows your doctor to see and remove abnormal and obstructive tissues in the sinus cavities. In the majority of cases, the outpatient procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving no external scars. There is little swelling and only mild discomfort.
Balloon sinuplasty is another effective treatment for relieving sinusitis symptoms. This minimally invasive procedure uses small catheters inserted through the nostrils to position a soft, flexible balloon-like device into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function, often without tissue or bone removal.