Sinus Care and Conditions

When breathing through your nose is difficult, Henry Ford specialists have answers.


Sinusitis is swelling (inflammation) of your sinuses. Sinuses are nothing more than cavities in your skull, and most cases of sinusitis are cause by a virus and go away on their own. Sometime bacterial infections are involved, and in those cases you may require treatment.


Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Thick nasal discharge
  • Facial pain or pressure

Sinusitis may also be a side effect of these other conditions:

  • Nasal polyps
  • Immune deficiency
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Some other chronic medical conditions

Other reasons you can’t breathe easy

Surgical options

Your doctor may suggest surgery when antibiotics and other conservative medical treatments fail to help your chronic sinus conditions.

Our specialists use the very latest technology to treat sinus conditions that require surgical care. Fiber optic telescopes – or endoscopes – enable our physicians to look directly into blocked nasal passages and sinuses to remove infection, polyps (small protruding growths) or diseased mucosa (the membrane covering the sinuses), and allow the sinuses to drain properly when conservative medical therapy has not been successful.

Our state-of-the-art image-guided technology allows surgeons to monitor the progress of their surgery optimizing safety and maximizing their ability to eliminate any disease.

Unlike other sinus surgical procedures, endoscopic sinus surgery has very little, if any, effect on your appearance. The endoscopic procedure usually lasts from one to three hours and is performed using general or local anesthesia. Typically, you’ll go home after surgery unless other medical conditions warrant a hospital stay.

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