Chronic sinusitis is a common condition affecting people of all ages. It is associated with significant symptoms and impairment of quality of life.
Patients suffer from symptoms including:
- Facial pain and pressure
- Blocked nose
- Runny nose and post-nasal dripImpaired sense of smell
The underlying cause of sinusitis is often complicated and multifactorial. Contributing factors include anatomical abnormality, allergy, infection and immune dysfunction.
Treatment needs to be tailored to the individual patient. Most patients can be managed with a range of medical treatments such as antibiotics, nasal sprays and saline washes. In some cases if patients have failed to respond to medical treatment they may benefit from surgery.
Surgery for sinusitis has progressed dramatically in the last 20 years. Surgery is now performed endoscopically (with cameras through the nose). Patients do not experience external swelling and packing the nose is rarely necessary. The surgery can be performed as day surgery.
The surgeons at Greenslopes ENT have extensive experience in the medical and surgical management of patients with chronic sinusitis.