Sinus Surgery Success - The Importance of Topical Medical Therapy

Sinus Surgery Success – The Importance of Topical Medical Therapy

For patients who have already undergone sinus surgery, whether it’s balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery, medicated saline irrigations can be an important part of long-term postoperative medical care. Chronic sinusitis is typically the result of a combination of physical obstruction problems and environmental inflammatory problems that lead to a chronic or recurring bacterial or fungal infection. Logically, sinus surgery only serves to resolve the physical or obstruction aspect of the condition. So, as I like to explain to my … Continued

Managing Nasal Polyps

Managing Nasal Polyps – Symptoms, Treatments, Options

Generally speaking, most patients are familiar with polyps as they relate to a colonoscopy and their potential to become cancerous. Although polyps are most notably associated with the colon, they can also occur in the stomach, the uterus and even the nasal cavity. Though they may sound scary, nasal polyps are almost always non-cancerous (benign). Nevertheless, we take this condition seriously and believe all patients with nasal polyps should be cared for by an otolaryngologist, because nasal polyposis can adversely … Continued

Treatment for Acute Sinusitis

Treatment Recommendations For Acute Sinusitis

While it is very difficult to distinguish between bacterial and viral sinus infections, many primary care physicians choose to treat acute sinusitis with antibiotics. To help determine the effectiveness of antibiotics, a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association utilized amoxicillin and topical budesonide in treating acute, nonrecurrent, maxillary sinusitis. In the study, primary care patients were divided into four treatment groups: oral amoxicillin and budesonide nasal, placebo antibiotic and the nasal steroid, oral antibiotic and placebo … Continued

Breathing, Sleeping & Smiling Better Than Ever: Early Intervention Helps This Child Avoid A Lifetime Of Problems

To look at Trinity Minor today, you wouldn’t guess what this sweet two-year-old has endured. Enlarged adenoids led to chronic nasal obstruction and many sleepless nights for her and her family. Fortunately, CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was able to help. From the age of one, Trinity suffered from constant nasal congestion. At first, her pediatrician thought she was experiencing a series of colds. “It was very frustrating,” said Trinity’s mother, Anissa Lanning. “We’d go to the doctor but nothing … Continued

About Face: Preventing Adenoid Faces In Children

In 1872, C.V Tomes coined the term “adenoid faces” to describe the long lean mid-face with high arched palate and dental crowding present in children with chronic nasal airway obstruction. Traditionally, orthodontists and pediatric dentists are heavily relied upon to correct these predictable and often-avoidable facial changes; however, there are preventative measures that can be highly effective for these children. At CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat we believe that a proactive approach, particularly in children from 18 months to four … Continued

10 Indications For Referring Patients

10 Indications For Referring Patients With Chronic Nasal and Sinus Problems

These recommendations for patient referral are all based on the premise that the problem is recurrent or chronic over a long period of time. The parent or patient can usually clarify the chronicity of the problem more easily and accurately than reviewing the medical record because these problems alone often don’t prompt office visits. Adults with chronic post-nasal drip, nasal congestion and facial pressure. You may have to ask them since most patients probably believe nothing more can be done … Continued

Sinus Surgery Ends Decades Of Chronic Sinus Problems For One Married Couple

Congestion & headaches disappear; sleeping & blood pressure improve After 20 years of nasal congestion, constant and severe post-nasal drip, antibiotics, nasal sprays and over-the-counter decongestants, 70-year-old Joe Helms and his wife Louise finally found lasting relief from their chronic sinus problems at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat. While medications had provided a temporary remedy, sinus surgery was the answer. “We tell everyone” said Louise. “There’s no reason to be afraid to have this surgery.” she says, adding, “It changed … Continued

New Techniques Revolutionize Approach To Chronic Sinusitis: Surgery No Longer A Last Resort

The recent development of new Mucosa Sparing procedures has revolutionized our approach to caring for the chronic nasal and sinus patient. Yet, people are still needlessly living with chronic nasal obstruction because they just don’t realize the remedies available to them. Often, sinus symptoms have become such a regular part of a patient’s life, they feel it isn’t noteworthy to mention to a doctor. Patients just assume there’s nothing to do besides take medication. Some may also think of sinus … Continued