A Catalog of Nose Issues
At the Los Angeles Sinus Institute, we treat a wide range of symptoms and complaints, from chronic sinusitis to deviated septums and nasal polyps. Although I fill a lot of space on this blog discussing persistent symptoms such as these, it is also important to mention that we also treat traumatic injury, and the various complications that may arise as the body heals following a blow or tissue injury to the nose.
In this post I’d like to review some of the more common issues that affect the nose, and the preferred treatment for each.
Sinusitis means inflammation of the sinuses. This is a condition which can have many causes. Sinusitis may appear because of allergies, viral infection, bacterial infection, or disease. The only way to diagnose sinusitis properly is with a full workup including an allergy panel, visual inspection, and possibly a sinus CT scan. We have the means to perform all of these tests in the office; once we have an answer, you will typically be recommended for rest, medication, or sinus surgery.
Nasal polyps are a nuisance which can interfere with proper breathing, especially at night. If we discover nasal polyps during a visit, we will try to shrink them first. If this fails, we’ll move onto nasal polyp removal surgery, a fairly fast endoscopic sinus procedure performed under anesthesia, and aided by real-time CAT scan imaging.
Enlarged turbinates can interfere with respiration and affect your sleep, and may also cause some discomfort in the sinuses. If enlarged turbinates fail to respond to medical interventions, we may recommend turbinate reduction surgery. This is a simple procedure performed under local or general anesthesia right here in the offices, and typically uses a microdebrider to reshape the tissue and improve airflow.
A deviated septum can cause a host of problems, from nosebleeds to poor respiration to cosmetic concerns. The primary treatment for a deviated septum is septal surgery, or septoplasty, a surgical approach that involves a tiny incision made inside the nostril. The septum is gently reshaped and replaced in a more symmetrical position.
For more detail and a full evaluation, contact the Los Angeles Sinus Institute today to learn about the best sinus treatment options in Los Angeles.