Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery

This information is useful for children and adults
 sinus inflammation
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine has the advanced knowledge and equipment to diagnose sinus inflammation accurately.
  • If you need minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, we are experts in performing that procedure.
  • Our physicians know that sinus issues are not just an annoyance, and treat your condition with the respect it deserves.

Sinusitis, or sinus inflammation, is diagnosed in more than 30 million people in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can be as annoying as it is common.

Endoscopic sinus surgery is among the treatment options if the inflammation becomes chronic, or long-lasting. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, the surgery causes no discernible change to the look of a patient’s face or nose.

Yale Medicine patients who undergo the procedure, and then manage their conditions with ongoing medication, typically enjoy a reduction in the severity and frequency of their sinus infections.  

The first step is determining that it is chronic sinusitis, rather than acute sinusitis or another medical condition.

If you come to Yale Medicine for a diagnosis, our otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) will first perform a physical exam and then talk to you about your symptoms, which might include nasal obstruction and congestion, nasal drainage, post-nasal drip, facial discomfort, headache, and changes in smell or taste.

Doctors then perform an endoscopy, inserting a small camera into your nostrils, checking the area where the sinuses drain, looking for evidence of inflammation or infection. Sinusitis may also be diagnosed using a computerized tomography, or CT, scan.

Once a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis is made, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics, oral steroids, nasal steroids, nasal saline irrigation, or allergy treatments such as antihistamines.

Some patients come to us thinking they have simple sinusitis, but our advanced diagnostic techniques might discover nasal tumors or even an autoimmune disease. We are well-equipped to treat those conditions.

Whatever the diagnosis, if it becomes clear over time that medication is not working, our physician probably will present the option of minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery to you.