Nose & Sinus Treatment in Savannah, GA
Coastal ENT specializes in conditions of the sinuses, such as allergies, deviated septums, and sinusitis. We partner with companies such as Watermark, Encore and Siesta Medical to diagnose and treat these conditions. Call us at (912) 355-2335 for more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Oliver.
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Conditions and Services
Sinus infections are considered “recurrent” when they happen 3 or more times in a year. Our specialists will develop a treatment plan to treat your sinus infection and help reduce your risk of sinus infections in the future.
Sinus Surgery is one of the most common operations performed by Dr. Oliver at his offices in Savannah and Pooler. After careful evaluation, he will review with you whether this procedure is the appropriate procedure to open possible sinus obstructions. Our team is committed to delivering comprehensive, patient-centered evaluation and treatment for all sinus problems including chronic sinusitis.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a minimally invasive surgical option for the treatment of sinusitis. It is clinically proven to be effective, safe, long lasting and improve quality of life for patients near Savannah and Pooler. Since its introduction, the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology has made a significant impact on the way ENT physicians like Dr. Oliver treat patients, improving their quality of life. For more information about sinus surgery or to schedule a consultation appointment with our sinus surgeon, call our office in Savannah at (912) 355-2335.
PROPEL® represents a medical breakthrough clinically proven to improve the results of sinus surgery.1
PROPEL® is the first and only device clinically shown to keep the sinuses open after surgery, precisely deliver anti-inflammatory medication directly to the sinuses, and then dissolve.
The innovative sinus stent decreases post-operative scarring and inflammation, reducing the need for additional surgical procedures as well as oral steroids1 and their potential side effects.
Nasal obstruction is a blockage of the nasal cavity, and can be caused by a wide variety of problems, including:
- Inferior turbinate hypertrophy
- Deviated septum
- Swelling of the lining of the nose from allergies
- Pyriform aperture stenosis
- Foreign bodies in the nose
- Large adenoids
- Choanal atresia
Our expert physicians will do an exam to determine the cause of the obstruction and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you.
Nasal polyps are benign tumors that grow in your nasal passages. They are often a side effect of another health condition like allergies or an infection.
If the polyps grow large enough, they can cause a blockage in your airways.
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are often ignored due to the fact that their symptoms are similar to the common cold or allergies. Symptoms often include:
- Sinus pressure
- Runny nose
- Decreased sensitivity to taste and smell
- Chronic sinus headaches
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Facial pain
- Asthmatic symptoms
Causes of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are created from the inflammation in the mucous membrane within the sinus. The inflammation is caused from any irritation of the sinus such as allergies, blowing or wiping your nose, colds, and the flu.
Physicians believe that the reason nasal polyps develop in some people but not others is because of the immune system’s response and genetic chemical makeup of the mucous membrane.
Risk Factors for Nasal Polyps
Though nasal polyps are possible in everyone, they most commonly form in people with:
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Allergic fungal sinusitis
- Sinusitis (chronic sinus infections)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Family history of nasal polyps
Nasal Polyps Treatment
There are a number of treatment options for nasal polyps that a physician will prescribe, such as:
Physicians may prescribe medications to control the underlying causes of nasal polyps before taking further measures.
- Corticosteroid nasal spray (Flonase, Nasonex)
- Oral corticosteroids (Presdnisone) for severe cases
- Antihistamines and decongestants for minor cases
Endoscopic procedures are normally performed for nasal polyps. The physician will use a small nasal telescope that can precisely remove nasal polyps while avoiding damaging tissue.
Surgery is only performed for more severe cases of nasal polyps or when medication is not effective. Ongoing medication may be needed after the procedure for patients with certain conditions such as asthma or other sensitivities.
While most nosebleeds can be treated at home, there are times when further treatment is required. Our ENT experts will assess the cause of your nosebleeds and discuss your treatment options.
At Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat we provide functional, cosmetic surgery. Our goal is to not only restore your nose to it’s proper function, but to restore your confidence as well.
Although a deviated septum is a condition affecting millions of people across the US, it can be treated to provide permanent relief to those that suffer from it. A septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten a deviated septum, ridding the patient of symptoms such as nosebleeds, nasal congestion, facial pain and more. As board certified physicians who has delivered hundreds of septoplasty surgeries, Dr. Oliver and Dr. Navare are reported by his patients to deliver the best deviated septum surgery the Savannah area has available.
What is a deviated septum?
The septum is the piece of cartilage and bone that separates the two nostrils in the nose. When the septum is straight, it allows air to pass through the nostrils smoothly. However, when the septum becomes deviated (or crooked) it results in difficulty breathing through the nose as well as a number of other issues, that may include:
- Facial pain
- Sleep apnea
- Postnasal drip
- Sinus pressure
- Difficult breathing
- Depending on the degree of deviation in the septum, each of these symptoms can be mild or severe. A septoplasty can restructure the septum, creating unrestricted balanced airflow in the nose.
What causes a deviated septum?
The septum can be easily injured through physical contact, sports activities, falls or minor accidents. Unless the injury was severe, a deviated septum can remain un-diagnosed until breathing difficulties become pronounced. In some cases this condition is present at birth either from the stress of childbirth or prenatal injury.
Deviated septum surgery
A septoplasty is a surgical procedure to re-position the bone and cartilage in the septum. Using small incisions placed inside the nose, there is no visible scarring left after the procedure.
The procedure may be done using local or general anesthesia depending on many different factors, one of which is your personal preference. After a thorough consultation and examination, your doctor will listen to your needs and incorporate them into your specific treatment to achieve the best result possible.
During your deviated septum surgery, the bone and cartilage in the nose is carefully re-positioned which can require removing some bone to make room for rearrangement. He will take all the time necessary to ensure your septum is completely straight so air can flow equally through both nostrils. Once completed, your doctor will use nasal splints to keep the septum in place while it heals.
A septoplasty is usually performed within a few hours. Being an outpatient procedure, most patients can go home the same day. However, due to the use of anesthesia, a patient must arrange for a ride home as you will not be allowed to drive for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
Septoplasty procedure recovery
It is important to follow any written instructions provided by the providers at Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat to ensure a complete and uncomplicated recovery. Following instructions carefully will ensure your unrestricted breathing results are exactly what you were hoping for. It is necessary to keep your head elevated using several pillows and to avoid lying flat and take only the medication that has been prescribed for you. Please call either office if you have any questions concerning medication.
There will be a bandage under the nose to collect blood and fluid, which will drain for about a week. The bandages will need to be changed frequently over the first 24 hours.
Nasal congestion will be present for a few weeks as the nasal passage heal. Do not blow your nose during the first week and avoid the urge to clean the inside of the nose, as this will disturb the healing process. You can clean the outside of your nose gently.
Avoid taking any pain medication such as aspirin or Motrin, which are NSAIDs. Also avoid drinking alcohol as these will increase bleeding which can cause complications with healing.