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Sinusitis

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health care problems in the US, affecting 37 million Americans every year. It can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, causing everything from post nasal drainage, facial pain and headaches to difficulty breathing and sleeping and even a reduced sense of taste and smell.

Sinusitis causes the sinus cavities to become inflamed and swollen. This prevents normal airflow and mucus drainage and may cause pressure to build up. The experienced team at Metro Health Ear, Nose and Throat are experts in diagnosing and treating sinusitis through a variety of means, including a minimally invasive technique called sinus balloon dilation, as well as computer guided sinus surgery.

Symptoms:

  • Drainage of thick, yellow or greenish mucus from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion with poor sense of smell or taste
  • Facial pain or tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead

Treatments:
Typical medical treatments include:

  • Oral antibiotics
  • Nasal sprays
  • Oral steroids
  • Allergy medication/decongestants
  • Saline nasal rinses

Surgical treatments:

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Advanced sinus balloon dilation

Sinus surgery is considered if medical treatments fail or if there is a nasal and/or sinus obstruction that cannot be corrected with medication. Surgical procedures are designed to clear blocked sinuses and restore normal airflow and drainage by improving the sinus architecture. The traditional technique known as endoscopic sinus surgery involves removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus openings.

The expert team at Metro Health is also using an advanced minimally invasive procedure, called sinus balloon dilation, to treat patients with chronic sinusitis. If a patient is a candidate for this approach, a specially designed catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is inflated to expand the blocked sinus opening, helping to increase airflow, drain mucus and restore normal sinus drainage without cutting and with minimal bleeding. This method preserves the natural structure of the sinus while providing relief from uncomfortable sinusitis symptoms. It is a quick and effective outpatient procedure that requires minimal recovery time and no nasal packing.

Metro Health Ear, Nose and Throat is a leader in Advanced Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery and has performed more of these procedures than any other hospital in West Michigan.

Watch the animation below for a brief demonstration of how a particular sinus balloon dilation procedure, called Balloon SinuplastyTM, works.

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