Sinusitis Treatment Options

How close are you to feeling normal again?

People may try different treatments until they find one that works. Take a look at the treatment map below to see where you are in your journey.

By finding yourself on this map, you may see your next treatment step. Talk with your doctor about finding the relief you need.

Chronic rhinosinusitis treatment journey1,2

You may be trying one or more of these treatments. Other options may provide the relief you're looking for.

  • Rest and hydration
  • Nasal saline rinses
  • Prescription and OTC medicines
  • Nasal decongestant
  • Intranasal corticosteroid
  • Pain reliever
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Minimally invasive balloon sinus surgery (BSS)
  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)

You'll probably need a CT scan

For CRS that does not get better, your doctor may order a computed tomography (CT) scan to better diagnose your sinus condition.3

After evaluating the CT image, your doctor may suggest different types of surgery to open the blocked sinus passages and restore normal drainage.2,3

A CT scan is also used with image guided system (IGS) procedures to help your doctor navigate your sinuses.

In a survey of 400 sinus sufferers,

90% said their sinus problem negatively
affected their quality of life4

Different sinus surgery options

Balloon Sinus Surgery (BSS)

Your doctor may suggest BSS to help open your sinus passages and relieve your symptoms. This type of minimally invasive surgery can often be performed in your doctor's office.5

Your doctor will use a special tool to insert a small balloon into your nose. Once secured in the right spot, your doctor will inflate it to open and drain your blocked sinus pathways. When the passageway is open, the balloon is deflated and removed.

Balloon sinus surgery has been shown to improve:

  • Overall sinusitis symptoms6
  • Headaches7
  • Work/school time missed and frequency of doctor/nurse visits and acute infections6

Image-guided BSS

Like with other types of BSS, your doctor inflates a balloon to clear your sinuses. The difference with image-guided BSS is that your doctor can look at a navigation screen to see a map of your sinuses and the location of the balloon in real time.

So, like GPS on your car or phone, your doctor can see, guide, and place the balloon at the precise point to inflate and unblock your sinuses during this minimally invasive in-office BSS.8,9

The NuVent® EM Sinus Dilation System is the only system designed, tested, and integrated to work with the image-guided Fusion® ENT Navigation System.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)

FESS is a common surgical method to treat chronic sinus infections. In a FESS procedure, the surgeon uses a magnifying endoscope inserted through the nostrils to see and remove affected tissue and bone.

In general, the goal of sinus surgery is to flush out infected material, open up blocked passages, and keep enough healthy tissue intact so that your nose and sinuses can function normally.

Talk with your doctor about finding relief.

When asked in a survey why they didn't look into surgery, some people said that:

They just cope and "learned to live with" symptoms like headache and facial pain.4

The good news is, there are other treatment options for sinusitis. Talk with your doctor about finding one that's right for you. It could be your first step toward feeling better.

To find a specialist who uses NuVent®, use the Find a Doctor tool.

Safety Information

Balloon sinus surgery has associated risks, including tissue trauma, bleeding, infection, and possible ophthalmic injury. Patients should always discuss their individual needs and the potential risks and benefits of any treatment or procedure with their doctor.

This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult your doctor. A prescription is required. For additional information, please contact Medtronic at 800-874-5797 or visit Medtronic's website at


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  2. American Rhinologic Society. Sinusitis Q&A. Accessed October 16, 2015.
  3. Hamilos DL. Chronic rhinosinusitis: epidemiology and medical management. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;128:693-707.
  4. Data on File. Medtronic, Inc.
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