Nose & Sinus                        

Nose and sinus disorders (rhinology) afflict millions of people causing pain, fatigue, headache, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell among other symptoms. More Americans suffer from sinusitis than diabetes, asthma, or coronary heart disease. In fact sinusitis alone affects about 37 million people at least once each year making it one of the most common illnesses in the United States.

Many people suffering from chronic sinus infections require surgical help to relieve their symptoms. The goal of sinus surgery is to remove infected tissue, open up blocked sinus passages and, at the same time save enough healthy tissue to allow the nose and sinuses to function normally.

These conditions are easily treatable; you don’t have to live with discomfort. The team at Cortland Surgical Center is skilled at treating a wide range of disorders and diseases affecting the nose and sinuses.

Common conditions affecting the nose and sinuses:

  • Deviated nasal septum - displacement of the thin wall separating the nasal cavity
  • Loss of smell - can be caused by nasal polyps, nasal septal deformities, nasal tumors, sinusitis, head injuries or certain medical conditions
  • Nasal allergies - an inflammation of the nasal membranes from exposure to pollen, pet dander or other allergens that results in a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes
  • Nasal polyps - growths in the nasal lining
  • Sinusitis - an inflammation and/or infection in one or more of the air-filled cavities located in the head
  • Tumors - of the nose, sinuses, eyes and brain
  • Turbinate hypertrophy - the abnormal enlargement or swelling of nasal structures, typically due to allergies or sinusitis


Common surgeries for nose and sinus disorders:

  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) - is the most common corrective surgery for chronic sinus inflammation and nasal polyps. FESS is much less invasive than conventional sinus surgeries with minimal post-operative discomfort. It is a very precise surgical technique that removes only the diseased sinus tissue. Major sinus openings are widened so that they can function normally.
  • Septoplasty – is a surgical procedure that corrects the deviation (or bending) of the nasal septum divides the nose into two chambers, right and left.
  • Turbinate Surgery – is a surgical procedure that alleviates nasal obstruction by removing large and swollen turbinates.  Turbinates are tissues protruding into the nasal cavities that can cause blockage of the nasal airways.