Our sense of smell is something we do not often think about until we lose it. We’ve all had a head cold or sinus infection that has inhibited our sense of smell for a short period of time, but for some, the loss of smell is long-term. Those suffering from loss of smell, also known as anosmia, know all too well the frustration that comes with not being able to smell things that others take for granted. These individuals may also lose the ability to taste many foods that rely on the use of smell receptors, only adding to the struggle.
What Causes Someone to Lose His or Her Sense of Smell?
Loss of smell can be caused by a number of factors including, but not limited to the following:
- Deviated septum
- Chronic sinus infections
- Nasal polyps
- Allergic rhinitis
- Certain medications
Aside from being uncomfortable, many of these conditions will continue to get worse if left untreated and could potentially lead to more serious conditions and permanent loss of smell.
What Treatments are Available?
In most cases, anosmia is not a life-sentence, but it can be if chronic sinusitis is not treated. Many times a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed by one of our expert ENT surgeons in Beverly Hills can clear up the nasal obstruction, thus returning your sense of smell.
For example, a person suffering from chronic sinusitis or nasal polyps may greatly benefit from image-guided Targeted Endoscopic Sinus Surgery™. TESS. Developed by the Revision Sinus Center of Excellence’s own Dr. Babak Larian, TESS is a minimally invasive procedure in which the problem areas are treated with little effect to the surrounding tissue. In image-guided TESS, a thin endoscope is inserted into the nose using a sophisticated mapping system to ensure precision. Relying on the sinuses inherent ability to drain themselves, this procedure can clear up and prevent future infections.
Targeted Endoscopic Sinus Surgery can also be combined with Balloon Sinuplasty™, where a small, flexible balloon catheter is inserted into the nose, targeting the problematic sinus. In order to restore normal drainage, the balloon is then inflated to widen the walls of the sinus cavity. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss the different options he feels would be best for treating your unique condition.
Call The Revision Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence Today
At the Revision Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, California our team of world-renowned ear, nose, and throat doctors aim to bring our patients only the best level of care possible. If you believe that you might be suffering from a sinus condition that is inhibiting your sense of smell, our doctors encourage you to contact our medical center today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (888) 762-8408. Remember, problems relating to the nose and sinuses are easily treatable, and our doctors can assure you that you’ll be met with viable options and the best solutions possible.
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