Symptoms of sinus problems:
- Nasal congestion
- Fullness in ears
- Green, yellow, or bloody drainage from the nose
- Trouble tasting food
- Frequent headaches
- Facial pain
Mucus-filled sinuses often become infected because of colds, allergies, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
The FESS is a minimally invasive surgery used to restore sinus ventilation and normal function. The most suitable candidates for this procedure have recurrent acute or chronic infective sinusitis, and an improvement in symptoms of up to 90 percent may be expected following the procedure.
Polyps (sacs of swollen tissue) may form in both the sinuses and nose. Polyps can grow large enough to clog nasal passages and block drainage. Because polyps can grow in both the nose and sinuses, removing them may involve different techniques.
Balloon Sinuplasty safely and effectively dilates sinus openings, resulting in relief from sinus symptoms. During this procedure, a soft, flexible guidewire is inserted into the blocked sinus. Next, the balloon is advanced over the guidewire and is inflated to gently expand the sinus opening. Finally, the balloon is removed, leaving the sinus open.
This surgery repairs a blockage caused by enlarged turbinates. Incisions are made inside the nose under the lower turbinate. Sometimes excess mucous membrane or bone may be removed to reduce turbinate size. After surgery there is more breathing space in the nasal cavity.