Nose & Sinus
Nose & Sinus
Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Problems in the nasal area include allergies, smell disorders, polyps, and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum. About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Our approach to nasal and sinus issues is to make sure proper medical therapy has been used to treat the condition prior to jumping to surgical options. However, if patients require surgery, our clinic utilizes state of the art techniques including balloon sinuplasty that is performed by Dr. Waters in the office under local anesthetic. Our clinic has a sinus specific telescopes and in office CT scanner giving the patients the most advanced technology available to properly diagnose and treat nasal/sinus conditions.
Symptoms/Diagnoses We Treat:
Sinusitis, Headache, Facial Pressure/Pain
Nonallergic Rhinitis/Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever)
Services We Offer:
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Closed Reduction of Nasal Fracture
What is Nasal Airway Obstruction?
Nasal breathing delivers approximately 70% of airflow to the lungs.1 More than 20 million Americans are estimated to suffer from nasal airway obstruction (NAO), which limits airflow through the nose with significant quality of life consequences.
Symptoms may include:
- Nasal congestion or stuffiness
- Nasal blockage or obstruction
- Trouble breathing through your nose
- Trouble sleeping
- Unable to get enough air through your nose during exercise or exertion
What Causes Nasal Airway Obstruction?
Even slight narrowing of the nasal valve can lead to significant reduction in airflow. Structural blockages in three areas are common:
- Septum: The cartilage wall between the nostrils can bend and block the nasal passage.
- Turbinates: Ridges of bone and tissue inside the nose can limit airflow when enlarged.
- Lateral (side) wall: Weak or excessively flexible upper/lower cartilage in the outer nasal wall may cause it to collapse inward when a person inhales.
The most common conditions to impact patients are septal deviation, turbinate hypertrophy, and nasal valve collapse. Lateral wall collapse may equal or even exceed septal deviation as the prime cause of nasal airway obstruction.
Instant Sinus Relief that Lasts
Office sinus dilation is a minimally invasive option that can be performed by Dr. Waters right here, in our offices. The goal of office sinus dilation is to reshape anatomy to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage. Here’s how it works:
The procedure utilizes small balloons placed in key places in the nose and sinus, which are then dilated to expand the sinus pathways. It may be an effective, lasting option for some patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.
The benefits of office sinus dilation include:
- Delivers instant, lasting relief
- Convenient, comfortable office procedure
- Quick recovery—most patients return to normal activity in 24 hours
- May reduce healthcare costs
Discuss office sinus dilation with Dr. Waters today!
PROPEL represents a medical breakthrough clinically proven to improve surgical outcomes for chronic sinusitis sufferers.
PROPEL is the first and only device clinically shown to keep the sinuses open after surgery, precisely deliver anti-inflammatory medication directly into the healing tissues, and then dissolve.
The innovative sinus stent decreases post-operative scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as oral steroids and their potential side effects. At the same time, PROPEL’s spring-like, lightweight design means patients usually cannot even tell that it is there.
Our entire staff is dedicated to helping you. We want to ensure that you are happy with your results and that you never feel like you have any unanswered questions. We are here for you before and after your treatment.
If you have any questions, contact us today at (218) 454-8888.
Kurtis Waters, M.D. PA
13359 Isle Dr # 1, Baxter, MN 56425