What is sinusitis?

What is sinusitis?

About 31 million Americans suffer from sinusitis1.If you're one of them and continue to battle sinus pain, headaches, and emotional drain for 12 weeks or more, you may be dealing with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).1,2

Physical suffering3

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Nasal discharge that isn't clear
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Upper tooth pain
  • Bad breath

Emotional struggle2

  • Limiting physical activities
  • Taking sick days from work
  • Being too ill to socialize
  • Nasal discharge that isn't clear
  • Having problems sleeping
  • Feeling moody and miserable

Sinusitis may also affect your relationships. You may be embarrassed by symptoms and may avoid social situations. You may also feel hopeless about finding a treatment option that brings you relief.2

Studies have shown that balloon sinus surgery can provide sinusitis relief by:

  • Improving overall symptoms4
  • Relieving headache5
  • Reducing work/school missed, doctor/nurse visits, and acute infections4

What's going on in your sinuses?

"I've had constant severe pain behind my eyes. Sometimes throbbing pain in my cheeks and pulling in my ear. It's been going on for a year now."
–CRS sufferer

CRS is inflammation or swelling of the lining of your nasal passages and sinuses.3 This can stop your sinuses from draining properly. Mucus and fluid build-up in your sinuses can lead to sinus infections, which means even more inflammation and pain.3

Types of sinuses6

Length of suffering7

Sinusitis symptom duration Sinusitis type
Up to 4 weeks Acute
Longer than 4 weeks but less than 12 weeks Subacute
12 weeks or longer Chronic
Occurs 4 or more times in a year, but can go away between episodes Recurrent acute sinusitis

Some people struggle for years before finding relief

In a survey of 400 CRS sufferers,
Over half had suffered for 15 years or more.2

How your doctor might diagnose symptoms7

Your doctor may ask you questions about your symptoms and health history, and take a sample of your nasal discharge to see what kind of infection you might have.

Depending on the exam results, your doctor may recommend other tests. One test lets your doctor examine the inside of your nose with an endoscope (a scope with a light attached)

Getting a CT scan

Your doctor may want to do a computed tomography (CT) scan that creates images of the inside of your sinuses. It may help your doctor more accurately diagnose your condition and select the best treatment option for you.7 A CT scan is also used with image guided system (IGS) procedures to help your doctor navigate your sinuses.

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 www.medtronic.com


  1. Rosenfeld RM, Andes D, Bhattacharyva N, et al. Clinical practice guidelines: Adult sinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;137:S1-S31.
  2. Data on File. Medtronic, Inc.
  3. American Rhinologic Society. Adult Sinusitis. http://care.american-rhinologic.org/adult_sinusitis. Accessed September 16, 2015.
  4. Chandra RK, Kern RC, Cutler JL, et al. REMODEL larger cohort with long-term outcomes and meta-analysis of standalone balloon dilation studies. Laryngoscope. 2016;126(1):44-50.
  5. Marzetti A, Tedaldi M, Passali FM. The role of balloon sinuplasty in the treatment of sinus headache. Otolaryngol Polska. 2014;68:15-19.
  6. American Rhinologic Society. Sinus Anatomy. http://care.american-rhinologic.org/sinus-anatomy. Accessed September 16, 2015.
  7. American Rhinologic Society. Sinusitis Q&A. http://care.american-rhinologic.org/sinusitis_q_a? Accessed October 16, 2015.