By Northwest Sinus Center
September 14, 2022
Category: ENT Procedures
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

At Northwest Sinus Center, Dr. Ryan Gallivan and his dedicated medical team can help when you're in need of an otolaryngologist in Bend, OR. If you have chronic sinusitis your doctor might recommend a balloon sinuplasty. Keep reading to learn more about this procedure and contact us if you think you could benefit from a balloon sinuplasty.

What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

A balloon sinuplasty is a procedure designed to relieve symptoms of chronic sinusitis. They are typically only recommended if other measures haven't improved your symptoms. A balloon sinuplasty uses a similar method to an angioplasty using balloons to open blocked arteries, only the balloon is being used to open blocked sinuses. It is lower risk and less invasive than traditional sinus surgery.

How Does a Balloon Sinuplasty Work?

During a balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA, a catheter with a balloon on the end is inserted into the nose to reach the blocked sinus cavity and then is gently inflated. The inflation expands the sinus cavity, and fluid is used to flush out the mucus and blockages. Once the cavity is cleared, the device is removed.

What Should I Expect?

After you have a balloon sinuplasty in Bend, OR, your nasal discharge may be tainted with blood directly following the procedure. This is normal and the discharge should return to normal within a day. You should avoid blowing your nose for the first 24 hours and sleep with your head elevated for at least a week following the procedure to prevent drainage from pooling in the nasal cavity. A balloon sinuplasty allows most patients to return to normal activities within a couple of days.

Dr. Ryan Gallivan and the skilled medical team at Northwest Sinus Center are here to help if you have chronic sinusitis. Contact us to have a balloon sinuplasty in Bend, OR, at (855) 746-8700.

By Northwest Sinus Center
July 12, 2022
Category: ENT
Tags: Rhinology  

How your ENT specialist and rhinologist in Bend, OR, can help you feel better

Rhinology is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions and diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses. A rhinologist is an ENT subspecialist with specific training in diagnostic testing, treatment, and surgical techniques for nasal and paranasal sinus conditions.

Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, provides a wide range of rhinology services to help you feel better.

Rhinology encompasses treatment of many conditions involving the nose and paranasal sinuses, including:

  • Allergic rhinitis, which is inflammation of the nasal passages caused by underlying allergies
  • Rhinosinusitis, which is inflammation of the mucus membranes in your nose, causing subsequent inflammation in your sinuses
  • Nasal polyps, which are benign growths in your nasal passages
  • Chronic sinusitis, which is frequent and ongoing sinus inflammation
  • Removal of tumors and growths at the base of the skull, pituitary gland, nose, and sinuses
  • Tear duct blockages caused by obstruction of the tear drainage system

A rhinologist is an expert at utilizing several diagnostic tests and procedures, including:

  • Balloon sinuplasty, used to open nasal passages and sinuses by clearing up blockages
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery, to clear sinus blockages and remove growths using and endoscope
  • Endoscopic orbital surgery, to correct a blocked tear duct, or other eye issues
  • Rhinoplasty, which includes a wide range of surgical procedures to repair or correct structures including a deviated nasal septum

A rhinologist may work alone, or in combination with an eye specialist or additional ENT specialists. A rhinologist may also be called upon to treat complex sinus and skull base tumors using less invasive techniques as an alternative to open surgery.

If you are suffering from conditions or diseases involving your nose or sinuses, a rhinologist can help you get relief, so you can breathe well again. To learn more about rhinology, call Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR. You can reach him in the office by calling (855) 746-8700, so call today.

By Northwest Sinus Center
April 26, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: sinus headache  

Headaches can be caused by various issues, and if you’re someone that has dealt with sinusitis and sinus infections in the past, there’s a chance that you may have dealt with a sinus headache. Often, a sinus headache is what makes the distinction that you’re dealing with sinus issues in the first place. Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, can explain how to treat your sinus headache and relieve the pain you may be experiencing because of it.

Treating Your Sinus Headache

When you’re dealing with a sinus headache, you may also deal with swelling near your eyes and pain around your eyes and upper teeth. You may feel like you want to lay down and relax, but that can often exacerbate the issue and make things worse. There are many ways that you can treat a sinus headache at home without the use of prescription medications.

Treating a sinus headache is about making sure that your sinuses are properly draining and stopping further swelling and inflammation from occurring. You can create a more humid environment by letting your shower run and breathing in the steam or by using a humidifier to add moisture to the air. You can also alternate hot and cold compresses to help open up the sinus and alleviate pain.

Over-the-counter medications can also help reduce some of the pain you’re experiencing and can help with drainage. If your sinus headache is severe, your ENT doctor in Bend, OR, may need to prescribe an antibiotic to help get rid of infection.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today

Don’t live with the pain of a sinus headache! Contact Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, to find out how you can treat your sinus headache and live more comfortably. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (855) 746-8700.

By Northwest Sinus Center
April 25, 2022
Category: ENT

Are you worried that you may have a sinus infection? Your Bend, OR, ear, nose, and throat (ENT), doctor, Dr. Ryan Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center, offers several sinus infection treatment options that will relieve sinus pain and pressure.

Sinus infections signs and symptoms

When your sinuses are inflamed and infected, you may experience these symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Pain and pressure in your forehead and around your eyes
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Pain in upper teeth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Morning nausea due to post-nasal drip
  • Fatigue

Treating sinus infections

Although sinus infections can go away on their own, it's best to call the Bend, OR, sinus center for sinus infection treatment if your symptoms don't improve in a week to 10 days or you have severe symptoms. During your visit, your ENT may recommend one or more of these treatments:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Anti-inflammatory medication decreases pain and swelling in your sinuses.
  • Decongestants: These drugs reduce mucus, making it easier to breathe.
  • Nasal Irrigation: Saline sprays, Neti pots and other nasal irrigation devices remove mucus, improve drainage and help reduce congestion.
  • Steroid Medication: You may need steroid medication if you have severe inflammation in your sinuses. Your doctor may recommend a nasal steroid spray or prescribe oral medication.
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics usually to be routinely prescribed for sinus infections, but doctors prefer a "wait and see" approach these days to prevent antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are only needed if you have a bacterial sinus infection.
  • Allergy Treatment: If you get sinus infections often, allergies may be to blame. Keeping your allergies under control with medication may reduce the number of sinus infections you get.
  • Surgery: Most people don't need surgery for sinus issues, but it may be the best option if you have chronic sinus infections that don't respond to other treatments. During surgery, your doctor can remove mucus and enlarge sinus openings for better drainage.

Do you need sinus infection treatment? Call your ENT in Bend, OR, Dr. Gallivan of Northwest Sinus Center, at (855) 746-8700 to schedule your appointment.

By Northwest Sinus Center
February 09, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Rhinosinusitis  

When you’re dealing with inflammation of the mucous membrane, this is known as rhinosinusitis. There are two different types of rhinosinusitis that you may deal with at some point. There is allergic and non-allergic rhinosinusitis. It’s important that you can spot the symptoms of this issue and be able to tell them apart so that you know what you’re dealing with and how it can be treated. Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, can help you identify the symptoms of rhinosinusitis and help with treating your symptoms.

Symptoms of Rhinosinusitis

There are a few symptoms that you should be aware of with rhinosinusitis and your ENT doctor in Bend, OR, can help you with identifying these. Some common symptoms that are associated with both types of rhinosinusitis include:

● Runny nose
● Congestion
● Sneezing
● Greenish-yellowish discharge
● Facial pain
● Blockages in the nose
● Skin redness

The main difference between the two forms of rhinosinusitis is that one is triggered by specific allergens and the other is not. Allergic rhinosinusitis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a specific allergen and causes you to feel sick while it tries to flush the allergen out. This is when a runny nose or congestion can occur.

With non-allergic rhinosinusitis, it can be triggered by smoke, strong odors, a deviated septum, or an infection. The symptoms will be very similar but are just not caused by a specific allergen attacking your system. It can also be caused by a blockage in the nasal cavity.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

Don’t let this condition take over your life and go untreated. Contact Dr. Ryan Gallivan at Northwest Sinus Center in Bend, OR, to start treating your rhinosinusitis and to learn more about the symptoms so that you can be prepared. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment at (855) 746-8700.





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