Our team of world-renowned physicians understand the importance of providing answers to your every question before moving forward with sinus surgery. It’s a great idea to learn as much possible about your condition, and how it can be treated before undergoing surgery, which is why our doctor’s have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions below.
What is an Otolaryngologist?
Otolaryngologists are specialized physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are most commonly referred to as ENT doctors.
What is an Allergist/Immunologist?
An allergist/immunologist is a physician with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases, asthma and diseases of the immune system. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinitis, asthma, allergic eye diseases, atopic dermatitis (eczema), urticarial (hives), chronic cough, chronic sinus infections, frequent colds/bronchitis and immune problems. Allergists also see patients with food, medication, bee sting (venom) and latex allergies.
What is different about your treatment program?
La Peer Health Systems utilizes a world-class team of medical and surgical specialists to treat our patients utilizing proven, advanced medical procedures. We boast the best physicians from the top medical schools around the U.S. They are involved in research, have written textbooks, are published in peer-reviewed publications and have lectured to physicians around the world.
One of the many reasons we have an extraordinary number of satisfied patients with excellent outcomes is because unlike large hospitals, our unique structure allows us to offer highly successful personal care in a safe and controlled environment.
Our World Class Facility Features:
- Multi-million dollar center
- Most advanced medical technology available
- Personal and safe atmosphere
- First class nurses and support staff
La Peer’s goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to put our patients as the top priority and be with them every step of the way at all times.
What can I do if I do not live near the La Peer Surgery Center?
Many of our patients travel near and far seeking treatment at by our renowned physicians La Peer Surgery Center. Our La Peer Beverly Hills Otolaryngologists are proud to welcome a great number of patients from around the world. Please contact our office for more details at (888) 762-8408.
What can I do now?
Contact the Beverly Hills office at (888) 762-8408. A healthcare professional will schedule an appointment for you with the specialist of your choice and assist in getting you the personal attention you deserve.
What Is Chronic Sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is defined as the continuous presence of symptoms such as inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, the sinuses are filled with air, however, if the sinuses become obstructed and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.
What are the different types of sinusitis?
- Acute sinusitis: A sudden onset of cold-like symptoms such as runny, stuffy nose and facial discomfort that does not go away after a couple of weeks.
- Subacute sinusitis: An inflammation lasting longer than 4 weeks.
- Chronic sinusitis: A condition characterized by sinus inflammation and various sinusitis symptoms.
- Recurrent sinusitis: multiple and persistent cases of sinusitis
Undoubtedly, if you have tried oral antibiotics only to find your sinus infection recurs quickly or have experienced intestinal problems or other disturbing side effects while on oral antibiotics then we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our renowned physicians.
If chronic sinusitis is verified through our diagnostic exam, your physician can recommend a special treatment program specifically for your unique situation. Proven results have consistently shown that patients can be safely and effectively treated through La Peer using our innovative methods.
Who is at risk for getting sinusitis?
Sinusitis has become one of the most commonly reported diseases in the United States. Those who have the following conditions have a higher risk of sinusitis.
- Nasal mucous membrane swelling, like such from a common cold
- Blockage of nasal drainage
- Structural differences that narrow the drainage pathway
- Nasal polyps
- Conditions that result in an increased risk of infection such as immune deficiencies or medications that may suppress the immune system
In children, environmental factors that contribute to sinusitis may include allergies, colds from other children at day care or school, drinking bottles while lying on back, and smoke are common contributors.
In adults, the contributing factors are most frequently infections and smoke in environments.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis?
Some of the primary symptoms include:
- Facial pain/pressure
- Nasal stuffiness
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of smell
Additional symptoms may include:
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis?
People with chronic sinusitis may have the following symptoms for periods of 8 weeks or more:
- Facial congestion/swelling
- A nasal obstruction/blockage
- Pus within the nasal cavity
- Nasal discharge/discolored postnasal drainage
Additional symptoms may include:
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
How Is Sinusitis Diagnosed?
To diagnose sinusitis, our La Peer doctors will review your history, symptoms and give you a thorough physical examination.
The exam may include the doctor feeling for sinus tenderness. He or she may also tap your teeth to see if you have an inflamed paranasal sinus.
Other diagnostic exams to assess the potential causes for sinusitis may include a mucus culture, nasal endoscopy, X-rays, allergy testing, CT scan, or blood work.
How is Chronic Sinusitis Treated?
The good news is that, regardless of the type of sinusitis, treatments can definitely help those suffering from chronic sinusitis. The key is to figure out what is truly causing the underlying problem. For example, if your case of sinusitis is caused by allergies, decongestants alone will probably not help much.
If you have sinusitis symptoms for more than a couple of days, check in with your doctor. With a thorough exam and, at times, imaging tests, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, you may be able to determine what the root of the problem is exactly.
Often times, the best sinusitis treatment is a combination of various approaches.
What effect do nasal polyps have on sinus problems?
Nasal polyps are an abnormal growth of nasal and/or sinus mucosa caused by chronic swelling, typically associated with allergies. They can be found in the sinuses or nose. If they are enlarged, they can cause blockages of the drainage holes from the sinuses and contribute to the growth of bacteria thus leading to sinusitis. Anti-inflammatory products, like steroids, and effective allergy management may reduce or resolve nasal polyp problems. Nasal polyps that do not respond to anti-inflammatory medication may need to be surgically removed to correct drainage.
What role does a deviated septum play in sinusitis?
The septum is the bone and cartilage between the two sides of the nose. A deviated septum is simply a crooked septum. A deviated septum can cause or exacerbate chronic sinusitis due to the obstruction of drainage from the sinuses. Most people have a slightly deviated septum, but that doesn’t mean that it will cause a problem. Long-term breathing obstruction may indicate significant septal deformities. Short-term symptoms may be more indicative of allergies, asthma, cold and/or infections. If short-term conditions are effectively treated, a deviated septum correction surgery may not be necessary.
What if I have questions or concerns?
Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding our services or if you have additional sinusitis FAQ’s, please contact our La Peer Surgery Center at (888) 762-8408.
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