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Sinus and Allergy Care

If you have sinus and allergy problems but have never seen a specialist, you may be missing an opportunity for treatment and care.

Today’s treatments are far less invasive than they used to be. Refinements of old techniques and discoveries of new ones have led to better results and shorter recovery times.

If you’ve been suffering for months or even years, chances are your answers aren’t in the allergy medication aisle at the drugstore ­– they’re right here at Ochsner.

Ochsner is home to board-certified, fellowship-trained otolaryngologists with specialized training in the management of complex sinus and nasal problems. Our award-winning ENT (ear, nose and throat) team members are pioneers in new treatments for problems of the nose, nasal passages and sinuses. Moreover, our sinus surgeons evaluate patients with chronic sinus infections and decide which treatment plan or surgical intervention is best suited for them. Our team can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. Through care at Ochsner, you benefit from:

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Customized treatment plans
  • State-of-the-art, minimally-invasive techniques
  • In-office procedures with minimal recovery times
  • An internationally renowned team who can handle the common and the complex

To schedule an appointment, go to MyOchsner or call 504-897-4455.

Need reassurance that your diagnosis is correct, that your surgery is necessary, or that you’re getting the right care? We also offer second opinions.

Sinus and allergy trouble can affect all aspects of your life. It can reduce your energy level, your productivity, and impede your ability to exercise. It can cause pain during air travel and interfere with sleep. What’s more, it can mean frequent visits to the doctor and too many antibiotics. As one of the leading centers for sinus and allergy in the region, Ochsner can help. Conditions we treat include:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • CSF leaks
  • Deviated septum
  • Disorders of smell and taste
  • Epiphora (excessive tearing)
  • Epistaxis (nosebleeds)
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Fungal sinusitis
  • Nasal and sinus infections
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal deformities
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Nasal valve collapse
  • Nasal polyps
  • Smell disorders
  • Tumors involving the nose and sinuses
  • Turbinate enlargement

Symptoms of sinusitis and allergies overlap. You may be experiencing the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Coughing
  • Facial pressure/pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pain in upper teeth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Watering or itching eyes
  • Wheezing

At Ochsner, we offer high-resolution video endoscopy imaging of the inside of your nose and sinus passages to enhance our ability to diagnose your problem and give you a better understanding of your own condition. We also perform image-guided surgery which helps surgeons know the precise anatomy of your nose and sinuses and to identify important landmarks during surgery. Additional diagnostic services and treatment options we offer include:

  • High-resolution video endoscopy
  • Balloon Sinuplasty – a more precise and less traumatic sinus surgery
  • In-office sinus surgery
  • Eustachian tube balloon dilation – to treat clogged ears
  • Cauterization of nosebleeds
  • Radiofrequency turbinate reduction
  • Minimally-invasive treatments for polyps
  • Allergy testing
  • Smell evaluation
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Nasal valve treatments
  • Rhinoplasty consultations ¬– to improve nasal airflow

Learn more about our services below.

This is a new non-invasive procedure for more severe cases. A nasal endoscope, small telescope, is used with a computed tomography (CT) scan to help the surgeon navigate through difficult sinus passages to remove any blockages. The endoscope is inserted through the nose. There is little to no scarring with this procedure.

Ask your Ochsner doctor for more information.

Balloon sinuplasty is a convenient, minimally-invasive procedure that offers lasting relief to those suffering from recurring or chronic sinus problems. Sometimes called “angioplasty for the nose,” this endoscopic procedure is performed with local anesthesia in a doctor’s office. There are no incisions and no bone or tissue is removed. Benefits over traditional “open” sinus surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Less bruising and swelling
  • Quick return to normal activities

Ask your Ochsner doctor for more information.

When the valve of your Eustachian tube (ET) fails to open or close properly, this can lead to clogged ears, muffled hearing, ear fullness, tinnitus, vertigo, and other conditions. Ochsner doctors were among the first in the nation to offer balloon dilation of the Eustachian tubes, a new, minimally invasive treatment which involves using a small balloon inside the nose to dilate the Eustachian tube.

Ask your Ochsner doctor for more information.

For patient with polyps who have already had ethmoid sinus surgery, Sinuva is an alternative to more nasal surgery or other treatments.

Sinuva is proven to shrink nasal polyps, reduce nasal obstruction and congestion, and improve impaired sense of smell. Sinuva can be placed into your sinus in your doctor’s office and continues to release medicine for up to 90 days.

Ask your Ochsner doctor for more information.

While sinus surgery can provide real benefits, it can lead to inflammation and scarring. a new spring-like technology known as the PROPEL® Mometasone Furoate Implant, when placed at the time of surgery, props open the ethmoid sinus to maintain the surgical opening, delivers an anti-inflammatory medication directly to the sinus lining, and then dissolves.
PROPEL is clinically proven to decrease scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as oral steroids, which can have undesirable side effects.

Ask your Ochsner doctor for more information.

Patients with isolated or recurrent nasal polyps may benefit from endoscopic removal in your doctor’s office. This can be accomplished using a device called the PolypVac, which sucks out the polyps and avoids the need for a trip to the operating room.

Ask your Ochsner doctor for more information.

Ochsner specialists are sought-after lecturers and educators – active internationally in in publishing and research. Ochsner is actively researching many different aspects of diagnosing and treating sinus and nasal problems, including:

  • Researching new products – nasal aerosols
  • Minimally invasive procedure for frontal sinusitis
  • Registry of eustachian tube dilation

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Sinus and Allergy Care

Sinus and Allergy Care Locations

Ochsner Medical Complex - Clearview
4430 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006
  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital
1000 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7