Sinus Treatment

 

Stop suffering silently!

Chronic sinusitis affects an estimated 11 million americans.  At Dubuque ENT we now offer minimally invasive sinus and nasal treatments such as Balloon Sinuplasty™, PolypVac™,   and Inferior turbinate coblation.  These simple office procedures help you to breathe freely again, and eliminate your chronic facial pressure and drainage.  Our surgeons are also skilled at endoscopic sinus surgery, and use state-of-the-art techniques such as the Propel implant to maximize your healing.  

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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

  • The procedure has been safely performed over 305,000 times
  • It is most commonly performed in the office with only local anesthesia
  • Minimal downtime!  Patients are often back to work the next day.
  • No cutting!  Sinus openings are enlarged with a balloon only
  • No packing!
  • Patients have high satisfaction and recommend the procedure
  • Because the procedure is performed in the office, cost savings are significant for both the patient and insurance


Visit the Balloon Sinuplasty Youtube page for more videos.

Call Dubuque ENT today to get your questions answered

(563) 588-0506

Do I have sinusitis?

  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion or stuffy nose
  • Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Low fever
  • Bad breath
  • Upper tooth pain

If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, sinusitis is likely.  Call to schedule evaluation by the doctors at Dubuque ENT.

Sinuplasty

Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for me?

Balloon sinuplasty is becoming more popular with patients than traditional sinus surgery because it is minimally invasive, and patients do not have a prolonged recovery from the procedure.  There is no cutting, and patients typically return to work within one to two days.  The chances for scarring are very low.  It is performed in the office under local anesthesia, and patients return home the same day without nasal packing.  Sometimes, it is still necessary to perform traditional endoscopic sinus surgery, but at Dubuque ENT patients are involved in the decision making process with their surgeon.  Your surgeon will advise you on the recommended treatment that best meets your goals.  

 

Nasal polyp removal

Unlike other types of sinusitis, patients with nasal polyps often do not suffer from bad pressure, headaches, or infections.  Formerly, treatment of nasal polyps required that patients be taken to the operating room for extensive surgeries.  While this is sometimes still necessary, many patients are now able to avoid extensive surgery and instead have their polyps removed in the office with just local anesthesia.  This is virtually painless, with minimal bleeding, and minimal downtime.  Patients are amazed at how this simple procedure restores their breathing.

Watch a video on polypvac from CBS “The Doctors”

turbinate reduction

 

Inferior turbinate coblation

When you visit with the doctors at Dubuque ENT for nasal congestion, they can help determine what is causing your problem.  In many cases, the inferior turbinates are responsible for nasal blockage.  They can be treated with a straightforward procedure called “coblation” in the office under local anesthesia.

 

What are “turbinates”

The turbinates are shelf-like structures on the inside of the nose.  Their job is to warm and humidify the air that we breathe.  When a patient has nasal blockage that shifts from side to side, this is the likely cause.  Sometimes, the turbinates get overgrown and cause nasal congestion, and may be treated with this procedure

What is “Coblation”

Coblation is the name of a technology that uses a plasma wand to remove tissue.  The handpiece is shaped like a needle, and the tip is inserted into the inferior turbinate, and used to create multiple channels within the turbinate.  Energy is activated over about 10 seconds, and this creates an area of helpful scarring within the turbinate.  This is repeated several areas within the turbinate to reduce the size.  

 Endoscopic sinus surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery

Sometimes it is necessary to perform endoscopic sinus surgery in the operating room.  This is performed under general anesthesia, with the patient fully asleep.  Our surgeons are highly trained and highly skilled in performing this surgery safely and effectively.  We utilize high definition optics to maximize visualization.  We use Brainlab image guidance which is like a GPS for the sinuses, to help us remove the disease completely.  Our surgeons use the latest technology such as Propel drug eluting implants to help maximize your healing and minimize use of prednisone which has multiple harmful side effects.  

For more information on Sinus Treatment, please contact Dubuque ENT Head & Neck Surgery PC in Dubuque, IA by filling our Contact Form or calling (563) 588-0506 today!