Sinusitis is a common condition that affects over 35 million Americans every year.
The sinuses are air-filled spaces behind the forehead, cheeks, and eyes – they serve many functions including making mucous, clearing infection, and to warm and humidify the air we breathe. They also allow us to smell and taste when functioning well. In healthy sinuses, mucus drains out and air is able to circulate.
Swelling of the lining of the nose and sinuses can prevent normal drainage of the sinuses, causing obstruction or blockage. Most commonly this is due to allergies or infection.
When there is a specific anatomic blockage that does not respond to medicines, a CT scan is recommended. If it shows a functional blockage in the sinuses, surgical drainage may be the only effective alternative. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) in combination with medications and allergy treatment can improve breathing and alleviate sinusitis symptoms.
Sinusitis can be acute, chronic or recurrent acute. Every patient is unique, and requires a personal approach to therapy. Our typical treatment options include:
Dr. Saigal is a specialist in surgical rhinology – surgery of the nose and paranasal sinuses. He is trained in minimally invasive in-office Balloon Sinus dilation, as well as advanced Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery using the Medtronic Surgical Navigation system.
As a nasal specialist he can offer these treatments often in combination with procedures to improve nasal airflow and also to improve nasal appearance. These treatment options will be discussed during your consultation and customized to your personal needs.