Sinuses, located in your face behind your cheekbones, in between the eyes, and your forehead, make mucus to keep the inside of your nose moist and ward off dust and allergens. Sinuses are prone to inflammation from illness or allergies, and this can lead to a painful blockage. Other common sinus problems include a deviated septum (a condition where one nasal passage is smaller than the other), narrow sinuses, or, in a small percentage of cases, an extra sinus.
The specialists at UConn Health can prescribe medications to control your symptoms or an antibiotic to treat an infection. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, surgery may be an option for you.
Often times Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is used to treat chronic sinus problems. This procedure is performed through the nasal openings with small cameras. Our sinus surgeons use state-of-the-art technology and equipment including intraoperative sinus navigation to provide safe and effective care. They also perform customized and minimally invasive sinus procedures often using techniques known as balloon sinuplasty where small balloons are used to open narrowed or inflamed sinuses.