The Harley Street Nose Clinic has specialist expertise in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, the operation for severe or difficult to treat sinus problems. There should be no need for incisions unless the operation is a complicated one, in which case your surgeon will discuss it with you before the operation. We offer treatment for acute and chronic sinusitis, polyp removal, balloon sinus dilation and turbinate reduction.
What is acute and chronic sinusitis?
Acute rhinosinusitis is an infection that can complicate a common cold and is one of the most common causes for taking antibiotics in the UK. Although most cases settle with supportive treatment only, antibiotics are considered if symptoms last for more than 10 days, or in severe cases.
Complications of acute sinusitis are rare, but in cases of swelling of the eye or very severe headaches, you should seek urgent medical advice.
Surgery for acute sinusitis is rarely required, except for those with complications, but is considered in patients who get more than five episodes a year.
The aims of surgery for acute sinusitis are:
- to relieve nasal blockage or congestion, facial pain or pressure and nasal discharge
- to improve the sense of smell and taste.
Medical treatments may include nasal sprays and washes, steroid tablets and antibiotics, often at a low dose but for a prolonged period.
For further information and advice, contact us
Call us 020 7580 1481