People suffering from chronic sinus conditions often forget what it’s like to breathe freely or live without sinus pain or congestion. They often learn to just cope with their discomfort. With modern treatment techniques, almost all sinus and nasal problems can be greatly improved. Some mild problems can be treated with over-the-counter medicines. Some problems require a visit to a doctor. If you have sinus issues that you just "live with," it’s worth your time to seek the advice of an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Sinus Center.
Sinus problems are typically the number one reason that cause 35 million sufferers to visit their primary care doctors.
A proper diagnosis is crucial to receiving the right treatment. The Sinus Center treats a wide array of conditions such as sinus infections, breathing problems, headaches, allergy management and even nasal deformities. Advanced diagnostic tools such as digital CT scanning, allergy testing and nasal and sinus endoscopy provide the most accurate results in determining the likely causes of sinus infections, congestion and pain.
Oftentimes, same-day diagnosis and treatment is available, and new patients can be seen almost immediately. The approach to care is to begin with medical therapy and progress to other treatments if necessary. Many different medications can provide relief for chronic sinus problems.
In more stubborn cases, a common surgical procedure such as a functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) may be appropriate. FESS is a minimally invasive technique used to restore sinus ventilation and normal function. Sinus surgery involves the precise removal of diseased sinus tissue to create a pathway for better drainage. The most suitable candidates for this procedure have recurring sinusitis. Other techniques which are also minimally invasive include the use of balloon sinuplasty and a laser to reduce swollen tissue in the nose. Individuals typically see an 85 to 95 percent improvement in how they feel after these procedures.
Although chronic sinus infections are prevalent in American society, sufferers frequently go undiagnosed or are improperly treated. However, awareness continues to grow and society is beginning to realize the impact that sinus infections can have on overall quality of life and daily living. If you suffer from repeated sinus infections and headaches, endless allergy attacks, or nasal congestion, and you're constantly taking over-the-counter medications, then the Sinus Center is the place to start on a clear path toward the correct diagnosis and treatment.
The Sinus Center is located at:
Watertower Medical Commons
2350 N. Lake Dr., Suite 406
Milwaukee, WI 53211
R. Nikolaus Schmidt, MD