Chronic Sinusitis: What Is It?
Sinusitis affects over 37 million people each year and is one of the most common health problems in the United States. Symptoms can affect your sense of smell, decrease your ability to breathe, cause incapacitating sinus headaches and severe nose pain, and diminish your quality of life. Specifically, chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus area that becomes blocked, which can then lead to these severe symptoms.
Chronic sinusitis is very prevalent in Boca Raton and across South Florida. In fact, South Florida has a number of allergy-inducing trees and plants. Mold in humid, hot air makes allergy-induced chronic sinusitis extremely common. Because Dr. Nachlas has been treating chronic sinusitis in Boca Raton for nearly 30 years, we have a unique perspective that empowers us to provide the most relief with the least inconvenience to the patient.
Traditional Treatments for Chronic Sinusitis
Once chronic sinusitis symptoms are diagnosed, treatment begins with medications and allergy control. Many sinusitis sufferers achieve significant relief from over-the-counter steroid nasal sprays (e.g., fluticasone and triamcinalone) and antihistamines. Antibiotics are used in the presence of active infection. Allergy evaluation with allergy shots can also provide some relief. Despite aggressive medical management, however, many people continue to suffer from chronic sinusitis.
New Treatments for Chronic Sinusitis
When medical and allergic therapy fails to provide relief to chronic sinusitis sufferers, we suggest new, in-office procedures. These new treatments are minimally invasive and provide significant relief. One of the most significant new advances in chronic sinusitis treatment is in-office, computer-assisted balloon sinuplasty. It’s been just over a year since our Boca Raton medical practice became the first in the United States to perform the sinus procedure. Balloon sinuplasty involves guiding a small balloon with a computer into blocked areas of the sinuses. Once the balloon is in place and verified by the computer, it is inflated to relieve the blockage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently widens the walls of your nasal passageway, allowing more air to flow through without the removal of tissue or bone. This minimally-invasive procedure is performed in our Boca Raton office under local anesthesia and with minimal discomfort. No packing is required and patients usually return to full activities within days. The effects of the sinus surgery are typically felt within one to two weeks of the procedure.
What Patients Say About New Chronic Sinusitis Treatments
To date, minimally-invasive sinus procedures have been among our most rewarding in-office procedures. Patient satisfaction is over 95%, with the typical patient feeling the benefits within days of surgery. To further improve chronic sinusitis treatment, other procedures can be added to the minimally-invasive balloon sinuplasty procedure. These can improve breathing and correct a deviated septum (learn more about this Total Nose Approach™). All of these conditions can be treated--no packing is required. After performing nasal and sinus surgery in Boca Raton for over three decades, we can say that our patients are extremely satisfied with the results. Elka is one of the patients who were pleased with balloon sinuplasty:
"It only lasted a few minutes, I didn't feel any pain, when I got home I was a little sore, took a pill and never again felt any pain. I could feel the difference right away, no more pressure in my face, no more headaches. Recovery was easy, I didn't get any swelling, and in 2 days I was back at work. Now I can breathe!"
-Elka Mnguni, Vitals.com, Sep. 14, 2015
Being able to provide results like that with efficient, in-office procedures has made the sinus surgery more available to busy students and professionals. Dr. Nachlas Nose Best! To discuss your chronic sinusitis issues or for an imediate consutlation contact our Director of Patient Services Sandy Friedman at 561-939-0909.