Sinus Disorders

Chronic sinusitis affects nearly 35 million people in the U.S. and accounts for more than 16 million outpatient visits a year – not to mention significant time lost at work.

The sinuses are hollow areas located behind the cheekbones and forehead, and around the eyes. They make mucus to moisten the air we breathe. When the sinuses become blocked, infected, or swollen, mucus can’t drain. Sinus infections can be caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infections; allergies and irritants such as air pollution, tobacco smoke or hay fever; a nasal deformity that makes it hard for the sinuses to drain well; and frequent nose-blowing. Treatments may include medication or surgery, depending on the cause of the problem.

Symptoms of sinus problems include nasal congestion, fullness in the ears, facial pain, trouble tasting food, frequent headaches, and green, yellow or bloody nasal discharge.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery – also called endoscopy or sinoscopy – is a procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses. Since it is performed entirely through the nostrils, endoscopic sinus surgery does not involve cutting through the skin. This procedure is recommended when medication fails or if there is nasal or sinus obstruction that can’t be corrected with medical treatment.

The physicians of Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Associates use the most advanced image-guided equipment when performing surgery on the sinuses. This technology allows them to navigate their way through complex sinus passages and provide surgical relief more precisely. And that means less tissue damage, a quicker recovery, and less pain than with traditional open-incision surgery.

Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat experts treat the full scope of nasal and sinus disorders, including:

  • Allergic rhinitis – an inflammation of the membranes lining the nose
  • Chronic sinusitis with polyps – an inflammation of the sinuses that lasts more than 12 weeks and is often associated with nasal polyps
  • Nasal masses and nasal tumors
  • Nasal fractures
  • Difficult infections
  • Deviated septum
  • Inverting papilloma
In the OSF Center for Health

8600 N. State Rt. 91
Suite 300
Peoria, IL 61615

Ph: (309) 691-6616
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Disorders Center

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Suite 350
Peoria, IL 61615

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In the Morton Medical Center

1600 S. 4th Ave.
Suite 120
Morton, IL 61550

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