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.

    Why 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. They 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

    Conditions We Treat

    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

    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

    State-of-the-art Services

    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.

    Balloon Sinuplasty

    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.

    Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tubes

    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.

    Sinuva

    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.

    PROPEL ® Mometasone Furoate Implant

    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.

    PolypVac

    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.

    Clinical Trials/Research

    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

    Explore Clinical Trials

    Over 1,000 clinical trials
    being conducted at Ochsner.

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