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Do I Need to Undergo Chronic Sinusitis Surgery?

If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, then you know just how much it would mean to find a treatment that will provide relief, not just for an hour, but for years to come. Thankfully Florida Sinus & Snoring Specialists has the answer, and if determined a candidate, you could be sinusitis-free in under 15 minutes. Let’s take a look at the tell-tale signs of a battle with chronic sinusitis, and how a simple, minimally invasive chronic sinusitis treatment with Dr. Mandel could change your life.

The Basics of Chronic Sinusitis

Simply put, sinusitis is the clinical term for a sinus infection. It is characterized by an inflammation of the membranes that line the sinus, which are a series of air pockets spread along the facial structure that cumulatively act like a filtration system by facilitating the flow of mucus and humidifying air we breathe in. 

This filtration system becoming consistently blocked can lead to infection that results in irritation. 

If infection occurs infrequently and in isolation, it is known as acute sinusitis. Conversely, chronic sinusitis is the name given to the condition in which sinus infections occur with abnormal regularity.

Symptoms typical of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Facial tenderness around eyes, nose, and forehead
  • Post nasal drip 
  • Discolored nasal discharge
  • Toothache
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of the senses of taste and smell.
  • Bad breath

Chronic sinusitis is diagnosed on a case-to-case basis, and can have a range of different causes:

  • Asthma or allergies that cause airway blockages
  • Bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
  • Anatomical factors, such as a deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps (small growth that obstruct the nasal passage)
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Use of tobacco or alcohol

Surgical Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis 

While acute manifestations of sinusitis can often be treated with over-the-counter remedies, chronic sinusitis often requires more complex therapeutics and diagnostics.

Approved for use by the FDA in 2005, balloon sinuplasty is currently the industry standard procedure for treating chronic sinusitis, and it has an incredibly promising rate of success.

This chronic sinusitis treatment begins with a simple, on-site IV sedation, after which Dr. Mandel will gently insert an endoscope into your nasal canal in order to see what is causing the inflammation. Once causes have been determined, a small balloon catheter is used to open the sinus and nasal passageways while simultaneously restructuring them. This process allows drainage to occur naturally, and any residual build-up will be flushed with a saline solution.

Overall, this process is minimally invasive, and can be completed within 15 minutes. Most of our patients are able to resume their daily lives in as little as 24 hours.

Dr. Mandel Can End Your Sinus Infections Once and For All

Are you looking for relief from your sinus issues? At Florida Sinus & Snoring Specialists, Dr. Mandel can provide a chronic sinusitis treatment tailor-made for you. 

Call to make an appointment today at 954-983-1211, or book online.