Sinusitis Specialist

Ryan R. Stevens, M.D., PC

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Corvallis, OR

Suffering from pain, congestion, or pressure in your sinuses could indicate sinusitis. At Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. in Corvallis, Oregon, Dr. Stevens is a skilled ENT specialist providing full-service sinus procedures to relieve both acute and chronic sinusitis symptoms. If you feel like you have a cold that won’t go away, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.

Sinusitis Q & A

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation affecting your sinuses. This area is the space in your skull around your nasal passages where mucus is made. When your sinuses are healthy, air flows from your nose into your sinuses and the mucus drains. With sinusitis, sinus infection or inflammation leads to mucus buildup.

If you have sinusitis, you might experience:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Drainage or discharge in your throat or nose
  • Pain or tenderness in your cheeks, nose, eyes, or forehead
  • Decreased taste or sense of smell

Approximately 1 in 8 adults has sinusitis each year. In some cases, sinusitis can become chronic.

What are the causes of sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis is generally due to a viral or bacterial infection in your sinuses. These types of sinusitis often last at least four weeks

Chronic sinusitis usually lasts at least 12 weeks even with medical treatment. Common causes of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Nasal polyps, which are growths in your nasal passages or sinuses
  • A crooked or deviated nasal septum affecting your sinus passages
  • Allergies, like hay fever
  • Respiratory tract infections, like the common cold
  • Medical conditions, like cystic fibrosis or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Your risk of developing chronic sinusitis is also higher if you smoke or have asthma, allergies, or an immune system disorder like HIV/AIDS.

How is sinusitis treated?

At Ryan R. Stevens, M.D., Dr. Stevens offers full-service sinus procedures based on the cause of your sinusitis. These might include pain relievers, steroid nasal sprays, or irrigating your nose with saltwater. If your sinusitis is the result of bacteria, Dr. Stevens might recommend antibiotic treatment.

Treating chronic sinusitis often involves managing inflammation and treating underlying conditions such as nasal polyps, asthma, or allergies.

When sinusitis doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, Dr. Stevens might recommend surgical therapies, like Balloon Sinuplasty.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive therapy that reopens your sinuses.

During this procedure, Dr. Stevens inserts a small balloon into your blocked sinus using a flexible guide wire. Once in place, Dr. Stevens gently inflates the balloon to expand your blocked sinus opening. When Dr. Stevens removes the balloon, your sinus remains open.

Dr. Stevens performs Balloon Sinuplasty as an in-office procedure, and in most cases you can return to regular activity within two days.

To find relief from sinusitis symptoms, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.

PROPEL represents a medical breakthrough clinically proven to improve surgical outcomes for chronic sinusitis sufferers.¹

PROPEL is the first and only device clinically shown to keep the sinuses open after surgery, precisely deliver anti-inflammatory medication directly into the healing tissues, 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. At the same time, PROPEL’s spring-like, lightweight design means patients usually cannot even tell that it is there.

¹Han JK, Marple BF, Smith TL et al. IFAR.2012; 2:271-279.