Sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones between your eyes, behind your cheekbone, and in the forehead. They produce mucus, which helps keep the inside of your nose moist. That, in turn, helps protect against dust, allergens, and pollutants.
Inflammation of the sinuses, known as chronic sinusitis, accounts for more than 16 million outpatient visits a year in the U.S. – and countless times lost. In the past, sinus surgery was invasive, often performed through external incisions, and associated with significant pain. Westside Head & Neck Los Angeles ENT doctors’ endoscopic approaches to nasal and sinus disorders are less invasive, less painful and yield great results.
We treat the full scope of nasal and sinus disorders, including:
Diagnosis and Treatment
In order to accurately diagnose your issue, we take the time to listen to you. We compile a thorough patient history and review your previous records. Then we provide a detailed head and neck physical exam, which may include one or several of the following evaluations:
- Use of the endoscope to evaluate your nose, sinus and larynx
- Biopsy of a polyp or mass in the office
- Order a CT scan to help diagnose sinus disease
- Culture sinuses which are then evaluated in the lab to detect and identify bacteria
If your sinus issue requires surgery, Westside Head & Neck uses image-guided, minimally invasive surgeries to take care of complex medical and surgical issues in patients with sinus disorders. We provide high-quality, efficient treatment in a multidisciplinary setting. We have in-house allergists, and ear, nose and throat doctors, as well as close relationships with hearing and sleep specialists around the city.
Possible treatment options based on the diagnosis of the sinus disorder, my include one or a combination of the following:
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Cosmetic rhinoplasty and rhinoplasty revisions
- Fiberoptic nasal endoscopy
- Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
- Functional rhinoplasty
- Turbinate Reduction (Radio Frequency)
- Turbinate Reduction (Surgical)
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
For additional information on the treatments we offer for sinus relief in Los Angeles, refer to our articles below.
Adenoidectomy (Adenoid Removal)
The adenoid glands play an important role as part of a kid’s immune system. Adenoid glands are part of the lymphatic system and are located above the roof of the mouth and behind the nasal passages. Visually, these small glands look like small fleshy lumps of tissue. During a child’s early physical development the glands protect from viruses and bacteria by trapping and expelling the virus. It is a barrier or wall that stops germs in its tracks before passing through the airway and into the lungs. When they become enlarged and swollen, the solution to such issues is usually a surgical procedure called “Adenoidectomy (Adenoid Removal).” If your child is suffering from any of the symptoms, schedule an appointment at our office for a proper diagnosis.
Submucosal Resection for Deviated Septum
A submucosal resection is recommended for patients that have a deviated septum. This is a type of medical surgery designed to reduce the size or remove enlarged turbinates, which can complicate breathing. This surgery is often performed alongside the septoplasty. Everyone has three turbinates housed within each nostril and they work to humidify and warm air when inhaled. This operation removes excess tissue (enlarged turbinates). Deviated septum is a common medical issue that we treat at Westside Head & Neck. Statistics show that about 80 percent of the population have a crooked septum upon a medical professional’s physical examination. Read on to learn more about the warning signs and treatments offered to provide instant relief.