What Are My Treatment Options?

What Are My Treatment Options?

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Natural Remedies

Natural “home” remedies include cool and hot mist vaporizers, steam, Neti Pot irrigation and sinus rinsing.

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Medical Management

Medical management of sinusitis includes nasal steroids, antibiotics, mucus thinning drugs, decongestants, nasal sprays, oral steroids and over-the-counter pain relievers. Importantly, it is estimated that at least 20% of chronic sinusitis patients are not successfully treated with medical therapy.1,2,3

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Sinus Surgery

Sinus surgery may be recommended when medical management methods are not enough to relieve patients’ symptoms. Surgical treatment may include Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS).

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Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is an effective treatment for sinusitis, and a preferred option for many patients:

  • 96% of patients experienced symptomatic improvement at 52 weeks with balloon only treatment4
  • According to one study, 74% of patients chose balloon sinuplasty over medical management alone7
  • 96% of patients who had balloon sinuplasty reported symptom improvement with less frequency and severity of infections at an average follow-up of 40 weeks, according to a large-scale, “real-world” registry4
  • 535,000 patients treated5
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Why is Treatment Important?

The goal of sinusitis treatment is to eliminate or reduce the symptoms associated with the condition, including pain, discomfort and other negative effects—all to help improve patients’ health and quality of life.

In addition, studies indicate patients treated earlier in the chronic sinusitis disease state potentially have better health outcomes than patients who are treated later in the disease state.6

Further, early intervention after diagnoses of chronic sinusitis is associated with lower health care utilization as compared to intervention after many years of medical management.6

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  1. Subramanian, H., et al. “A retrospective analysis of treatment outcomes and time to relapse after intensive medical treatment for CRS.” American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy, vol. 16, no. 6, 2002, pp. 303-312.
  2. Hessler, J., et al. “Clinical outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis in response to medical therapy: Results of a prospective study.” American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy, vol. 21, no. 1, 2007, pp. 10-18.
  3. Lal, Devyani, et al. “E􀄦cacy of Targeted Medical Therapy in Chronic Rhinosinusitis, and Predictors of Failure.” American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy, vol. 23, no. 4, Jan. 2009, pp. 396–400
  4. Weiss, R.L., Church, C.A., Kuhn, F.A., Levine, H.L., Sillers, M.J. & Vaughan, W.C. (2008). Long-termoutcome analysis of balloon catheter sinusotomy: Two-year follow-up. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 139; S38-S46.
  5. Acclarent Procedural Data Collected on March 7, 2017.
  6. Benninger, M.S., Sindwani, R., Holy, C.E. & Hopkins, C. (2015). Early versus Delayed Endoscopic Sinus Surgery in Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Impact on Health Care Utilization. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery,1–7.
  7. Payne, Spencer., Stolovitzky, Pablo., Mehendale, Neelesh. “Medical therapy versus sinus surgery by using balloon sinus dilation technology: A prospective multicenter study.” American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy. 2016


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