- What is it?
- Treatment Procedures
Do you suffer from sinusitis? You’re not alone.
Sinusitis affects more than 31 million people in the United States. It is more prevalent than heart disease and asthma and has a significant impact on quality of life.
If you suffer from sinusitis, you know how it is. Sinusitis can make it difficult to breathe and reduce your sense of taste and smell. It can make you cough, cause headaches, earaches and tenderness or swelling around your eyes, nose and forehead. And it produces a constant discharge down your nose and the back of your throat.
What causes sinusitis?
Sinuses are air filled pockets around the nose and named for the facial bone where they are located. The sinuses are connected to each other and to your nose through a system of air passages. When you breathe through your nose, the air is filtered and moistened in the sinus passages. Each sinus has an opening that allows it to drain, helping you to breathe freely and stay healthy.
Sinusitis is a condition in which the sinuses become inflamed and swollen, possibly due to a cold or allergies. This makes it difficult for the sinuses to drain and mucus builds up, blocking the sinus passages. That can lead to a range of symptoms, including:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Aching in the jaw and teeth
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
Download our discussion guide to talk to your doctor about sinusitis.
Fortunately, there’s no reason why you have to suffer from these symptoms. New treatment procedures such as the SinuSys™ Vent-Os™ Sinus Dilation System are available that can help relieve or even eliminate symptoms of sinusitis.
Learn about your treatment options with the SinuSys™ Vent-Os™ Sinus Dilation System.
How are patients with sinusitis treated?
In the past, people with sinusitis were usually treated with medications, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), or balloon sinuplasty. The SinuSys™ Vent-Os™ Sinus Dilation System is an exciting new approach to the treatment of sinusitis symptoms that many doctors now offer.
Compare the Vent-Os Sinus Dilation System with other treatment options to see the potential benefits of this innovative procedure.
- First-line therapy provides symptomatic relief, but does not address underlying cause of disease
- Potential undesirable side effects from steroids
- Potential for antibiotic resistance
- May require repeated rounds of medication
- Per-patient costs can exceed thousands of dollars over several years
Vent-Os Sinus Dilation
- Uses gradual osmotic expansion to open sinuses and improve drainage
- In-office procedure is comfortable for patients, using local (often topical) anesthesia
- Simple procedure requires only few minutes for device placement and removal time
- Procedure is relatively inexpensive
- Learn more about the Vent-Os Sinus Dilation System
Balloon Sinus Dilation
- Re-establishes sinus ventilation and drainage using a high-pressure inflated balloon
- An option for patients who don’t respond to medicinal treatment, but don’t want or need sinus surgery
- Office-based procedures often require anti-anxiety medication and heavy local anesthesia or sedation.
- Complex technology—procedure may take more than 30 minutes
- Procedure is somewhat expensive
- When other treatments fail, surgery can restore drainage and ventilation
- May involve surgical removal of nasal structures and expansion of sinus openings
- Requires general anesthesia
- Recovery may take weeks