Sinus, Nasal & Skull Base

Advanced Care for Chronic Sinus Infections & Other Nasal Conditions

Chronic sinus infections and nasal problems are frustrating and lead to a significant decrease in quality of life. University Hospitals offer leading-edge diagnostic testing and treatment options for a full spectrum of rhinologic conditions. From chronic sinusitis, a condition where inflammation affects the sinuses, to tumors of the nasal cavity or skull base, we provide expert care for both adults and children. Our program is ranked 12th among the nation’s premier ear, nose and throat programs by U.S. News & World Report - the highest ranked program in Northeast Ohio.

For conditions such as tumors of the skull base or nasal cavity, University Hospitals ENT and allergy team provides a wide range of advanced treatment options both surgical and non-surgical, including CyberKnife®, Gamma Knife ;and most recently proton beam therapy. Our experienced and highly trained ENT specialists work closely with neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and oncologists to provide comprehensive care.

Advanced Training for Better Outcomes

University Hospitals Department of Otolaryngology has three Fellowship trained sinus surgeons who have completed additional sinus specific surgical and medical training. This advanced training provides added insight into even the most complex issues. In conjunction with allergy, immunology, and rheumatology we offer a full spectrum nasal and sinus care.

Understanding Sinus and Allergy Issues

Your symptoms may include altered smell or loss of smell, nasal breathing issues, nasal drainage or facial pain or pressure issues. These issues can significantly affect your day-to-day ability to function. Some of the sinus problems and nasal conditions we treat include:

  • Acute and chronic sinusitis
  • Deviated septum/turbinate hypertrophy
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nasal drainage
  • Smell disturbance
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Facial pressure / pain
  • Nasal trauma sinus trauma
  • Tumors of the nose and skull base

The majority of sino-nasal problems can be medically managed. Finding the right treatment starts with a precise diagnosis. UH fellowship-trained rhinologists have the experience and advanced diagnostic techniques to pinpoint your specific sinus or allergy condition and prescribe the right medications for faster, long-term relief.

Advancing Patient Care through Innovative Research

If you are experiencing trouble with congestion, nasal infection, breathing issues or other symptoms, our rhinology specialists can help. We offer the most up to date therapies and evidence-based approach to care. Through our leadership in national organizations such as the American Rhinologic Society and innovative research, we not only provide today’s state-of-the-art treatments, but we can provide access to new therapies that will change how we practice medicine in the years to come.

Expert Care for Sinus and Skull-Base Tumors

Although, uncommon, skull base tumors can present with congestion or bleeding. When these symptoms have not responded to medications, or if there are other concerning symptoms, our ENT specialist may perform nasal endoscopy or obtain imaging of the sinuses with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating the most complex sinus and skull base conditions, including benign and cancerous tumors. An entire team joins together to provide specialized care for sinus surgery and skull base surgical treatments, many from our dedicated UH Seidman Cancer Center.

Specialized Training for Skull Base Surgery

Our fellowship-trained rhinologists have comprehensive training in medical and surgical rhinology, including sinus and skull base surgery. Our team has specialized training in advanced techniques for sinus and skull-based surgeries, including:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Arteriovenous malformations (an abnormal connection between arteries and veins)
  • Benign and malignant tumor surgery
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Endoscopic skull base and tumor surgery
  • Frontal sinus surgery
  • Meningiomas
  • Orbital surgery
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Polyps
  • Revision sinus surgery
  • Tumors of the nose, sinus and nasopharynx

When necessary, our fellowship-trained rhinologists perform procedures for these issues side-by-side with UH surgeons specialized in the brain, ear or eye when those areas are also affected. This results in fewer surgical events for a safer, more efficient experience and an improved outcome.

Throughout your care path, we will provide information about treatment options, keep you updated of every change and welcome questions at every stage of care. The goal is to help you heal well and for a successful recovery.

Advanced Minimally Invasive Treatments

Complex sinus and skull base disorders will likely require surgical treatment. UH offers the most advanced endoscopic surgical techniques and technology. Using a scope inserted in the nose eliminates the need for external incisions and provides a less invasive approach to open procedures.

Our surgeons are also skilled with microscopic and robotic surgery, as well as radiation technologies, including CyberKnife® and Gamma Knife. In addition, UH has advanced proton therapy radiation treatment capabilities. During proton beam therapy, patients receive extremely precise radiation dosing. This can decrease side effects because surrounding tissue is not affected. This also has the potential to reduce the risk for developing radiation-induced secondary cancers decades after treatment.

Learn More about our ENT Expertise

No matter how complex the condition, your UH care team will be with you before and after treatment and long after your recovery. Sinus, allergy and skull base conditions often require longer-term management.

If you have chronic sinus or allergy problems, but have not found relief yet, please contact the sinus, allergy and skull base specialists at UH today to schedule an appointment at any of our convenient locations.

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