Posts tagged: Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Sinus Surgery: Is It The Only Treatment For Chronic Sinusitis?

A treatment for chronic sinusitis? “Sign us up!” they’re saying. Over 500,000 Americans each year are opting to undergo sinus surgery, also known as FESS, or functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Chronic sinusitis is, as the name denotes, a prolonged infection of the sinuses – the air-filled spaces around the nasal cavity, although someone with sinusitis would hardly call them hollow. Their sinuses are clogged by years of mucus from infection and inflammation left, right, and centre (literally). Sinus surgery is performed, relatively non-invasively, through the nostrils, so as to flush out the infected material and open up the sinus passages that have been blocked for years.

As effective as this surgery is, we aren’t all to go running to the hospital to sign ourselves up at the slightest stuffy nose. There is a certain severity standard that must be met by a candidate before they can get the go-ahead.  Ideally, the candidate is someone who has turned to surgery as a last resort; generally, it is that they have sinusitis that persists even after aggressive medical treatment. Others who should consider the surgery are those who suffer from: sinus disease caused by fungal infection, nasal polyps (growths in the nasal cavity), structural abnormalities of the sinuses, a sinus infection that has spread to the bone, or cancer of the sinus. These cases demand a more drastic treatment because of their more permanent nature.

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Sinuwave – A Non-Antibiotic Approach To Treating Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is a debilitating disease that affects more than 7 million people in the U.S. Typically, each episode of chronic sinusitis can last more than 12 weeks and occur 2-4 times annually.  Symptoms of chronic sinusitis include inflammation of the sinus tissue, build up of mucus and pus inside the sinus cavities, nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, throbbing facial pain, headaches, and swelling of the eyes and nose.

Inflammation and swelling of the sinus tissues, due to infections or allergies, can cause mucus to remain trapped in the sinus cavities.  This mucus buildup becomes a breeding ground for more bacteria to grow and produce virulence factors that further contribute to inflammation. In what seems to be a vicious circle of increasing bacterial growth and inflammation, a rapid approach to killing bugs and inactivating inflammatory markers is desperately needed.

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