What are Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are soft, non-cancerous growths that develop on the lining of your nose or sinuses. They often appear in groups, like grapes on a vine, and are caused by chronic inflammation due to allergies, asthma, infection, or immune disorders. While smaller polyps may not cause any symptoms, larger ones can lead to a blocked nose, reduced sense of smell, and frequent sinus infections.

What Causes Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the sinuses that lasts for more than twelve weeks despite treatment attempts. It can be caused by an infection, growth in the sinuses (nasal polyps), or a deviated nasal septum. Symptoms often include nasal obstruction or congestion, thick nasal discharge, decreased sense of smell, and facial pain or tenderness.

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Symptoms of Nasal Polyps and Chronic Sinusitis

Both nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis share similar symptoms due to their effect on the nasal passages and sinuses. These may include: 

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Runny nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Frequent headaches
  • Snoring or sleep apnea
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent cough

When is Surgery the Best Option for Nasal Polyps and Chronic Sinusitis?

At Southern ENT Associates, we believe in a patient-first approach to care, which means we explore all treatment options, starting with the least invasive methods. Medications such as nasal corticosteroids, antihistamines, or antibiotics can often manage symptoms effectively.

However, when these treatments fail to provide relief, or if the polyps are particularly large or recurring, surgery may be recommended. Surgical options include endoscopic sinus surgery, where a small camera is used to guide the removal of polyps and clear blocked sinuses, and balloon sinuplasty. This minimally invasive procedure uses a balloon to gently expand the sinus openings.

Types of Surgery for Nasal Polyps and Chronic Sinusitis

Southern ENT Associates offers a range of surgical solutions for nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis. Our highly experienced surgeons are skilled in performing both endoscopic sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty.

Endoscopic sinus surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery involves using a small camera to guide the removal of polyps and clear blocked sinuses. This minimally invasive procedure allows for precise treatment with less post-operative discomfort and a quicker recovery.

Balloon sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is another minimally invasive option that uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to expand the sinus openings, improving drainage and function gently. This procedure can often be performed in-office under local anesthesia, making it a convenient choice for many patients.

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Why Choose Us?

Our commitment to patient-first care and advanced surgical expertise make us the leading choice for ENT care in Louisiana. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards lasting relief from nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis. We take pride in being local doctors who look after local families and offer kind and professional care when you and your family need it most.

We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to health. That's why we offer rapid, convenient care with same-day appointments and an emphasis on timely service. We aim to provide a hassle-free experience, with easy access to a comprehensive range of ENT services under one roof. Our advanced training in allergy and our affiliation with the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy ensures that you receive the best possible care. 

We are a leading, nationally recognized network of ENT providers with over 25 physicians and specialists delivering world-class medical and surgical care. With our patient-first philosophy, we put the power of health back in your hands. It's genuine one-on-one care, delivered with a warm bedside manner and a superior outcome. Choose Southern ENT Associates, where compassionate, attentive care meets clinical excellence.

Surgery for Nasal Polyps & Chronic Sinusitis FAQ

What is chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the sinuses that lasts for more than 12 weeks despite treatment attempts.

How are nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis diagnosed?

Our ENT specialists use a variety of diagnostic tools including nasal endoscopy, CT scans, and allergy tests to accurately diagnose these conditions.

What treatment options are available for nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis?

Treatment options can range from medications to reduce inflammation and shrink the polyps, to surgery for larger, persistent polyps or severe sinusitis.

Do nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis always require surgery?

Not always. Many cases can be managed with medications alone. Surgery is typically considered when conservative treatments have not been effective.

What can I expect during recovery after treatment?

Recovery varies depending on the treatment method used. Our team will provide detailed post-treatment care instructions and support to ensure a smooth recovery process.

With 6 convenient locations in Southern Louisiana, we make accessing the treatment you need easy.

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