Sinusitis Specialist

Pikes Peak ENT -  - Otolaryngology

Pikes Peak ENT

Otolaryngology, Head, Neck & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Colorado Springs, CO & Woodland Park, CO

If you’ve ever had sinusitis, you know it can make your head pound, cause your nose to stop working, and even give you bad breath. You may not know, however, that there are treatments available that can resolve your sinus problems. Board-certified ENT physician and surgeon, Michael Wilhelm, MD, at Pikes Peak ENT, with two locations in Colorado Springs and one in Woodland Park, Colorado, specializes in treatments that can make sinusitis part of your past rather than your future. Schedule a visit with this talented specialist today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Sinusitis Q & A

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis occurs when the linings of your sinus cavities become inflamed. The facial sinuses are four hollow, air-filled cavities that sit behind bones in your cheeks, jaw, and eyebrows, two per side. 

The tissue lining your sinuses produces mucus that helps clear bacteria and other particles from the air you breathe, which then drains into and out through your nose. Inflammation in the sinus cavities can cause fluid to build up with no place to drain. This can result in infection, sinus pain, and numerous other debilitating symptoms. 

What causes sinusitis?

The swelling associated with sinusitis may be due to:

  • Colds and other viral infections
  • Allergies
  • Bacterial infection
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Nasal polyps obstructing your sinus passages

Interestingly, overuse of nasal decongestant sprays can also cause sinus inflammation.

What is the treatment for sinusitis?

Treatment for chronic sinusitis lasting for 12 weeks or more or recurs frequently, is directed at resolving the issue causing the inflammation. This may include better allergy control or medications that help reduce congestion or decrease the size of nasal polyps.

You may also be a candidate for an innovative new therapy, SINUVA™ Sinus Implant that releases a corticosteroid slowly over time, which can significantly decrease the size of nasal polyps. 

Sometimes surgery is the most effective treatment for chronic sinusitis, which may include:

Balloon sinuplasty

This endoscopic/minimally invasive nasal surgery is used to open and drain blocked sinus cavities. During the procedure, small balloon catheters are inserted into your nostrils and inflated once they reach the large nasal sinuses, which causes them to drain.

Nasal polypectomy

For this endoscopic procedure your Pikes Peak ENT surgeon inserts a small, soft tube with a camera attached that provides a high definition view of the polyp, which is then surgically removed.

What is revision sinus surgery?

When your initial sinus surgery does not correct your sinus issues or causes worsening symptoms, a revision surgery may be necessary to obtain satisfactory results. Sinus surgery, especially revision sinus surgery, is a complex and delicate procedure that requires extensive surgical skills. Dr. Wilhelm is very well known for his expertise in performing successful revision sinus surgery.

If sinusitis is interfering with your daily routine, schedule a visit at Pikes Peak ENT for effective treatment. Call the office today or book an appointment online.