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About Sanford Health:

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing an international clinic in Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

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    While sinuses can be large (the size of a quarter or larger), the openings/pathway between the sinuses and the nose can be very small. When the tissue is inflamed in this opening, the sinuses may become closed off from the nose and become blocked. Many factors can be the cause of this inf...Read More
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    Nasal polyps are usually your body's reaction to an adverse event that manifests themselves as bulges in the lining of the nasal tissue. Polyps pose several problems but most often are associated with reduced airflow through the nose when you take a nasal breath or they may swell and block...Read More
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    Chronic sinus problems often have not responded to continued medical management and thus further medical management may not be effective. In fact, this continual medical management may make your sinuses even more difficult to treat. If you have chronic sinusitis, a visit to an ENT is reco...Read More
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    Many of the symptoms that bring in patients are listed following and are some of the many reasons that people seek the support of an ENT surgeons when dealing with their sinus issues: need to blow nose, sneezing, runny nose, cough, post nasal discharge, thick nasal discharge, ear fullness,...Read More
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    A sinus x-ray is used to visually inspect the sinus anatomy to include any structural abnormalities as well as if there is purulence or drainage that is not exiting the sinus. However, x-ray alone is not the sole method to confirm sinusitis. Until a full examination by an ENT to include a...Read More
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    Sinus surgery, if necessitated, should be a one time event. Of course there are situations when multiple surgeries are required but this is the exception, not the norm. Prior to sinus surgery, there are other interventional steps that can be taken that don't require traditional sinus surgery....Read More
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    Much like when your ears "pop" when flying or when there are changes in elevation, there is an equalizing of pressure that takes place between the hollow space behind your ear and your nose. Sinuses are very similar in the fact that unless the pressure is equal both in the sinus and in your...Read More
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    In the past, "traditional" surgery for chronic sinusitis meant making a hole in the sinuses using cutting or biting instruments so that the sinuses could drain more easily. Now a less invasive procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty is our first choice to be performed in the vast majority of...Read More
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    Sinusitis in children is often very similar to the that found in adult. However, one noticeable difference in pediatrics is the role of the adenoids. Often times, chronic sinusitis in children is accompanied by adenoiditis. In these situations, an adenoidectomy at the time of a sinus lavage...Read More
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    Sinusitis affects more people than heart disease and diabetes combined and costs the healthcare system over $8 Billion annually. 37 million people each year are affected by sinusitis, 1.4 Million whom are affected by chronic sinusitis. Read More
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    In the past, "traditional" surgery for chronic sinusitis meant being out of work for up to two weeks with restrictions on the intensity of your activities. Now a less invasive procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty is our first choice to be performed in the vast majority of our patients. Balloon...Read More
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    Many of the symptoms that bring in patients are listed following and are some of the many reasons that people seek the support of an ENT surgeons when dealing with their sinus issues: need to blow nose, sneezing, runny nose, cough, post nasal discharge, thick nasal discharge, ear fullness,...Read More
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    Most often sinusitis is caused by an isolated event such as bacterial or viral contamination. In these situations, medical management may be all that is required and your sinusitis may be able to return to normal function. However, for many patients, sinusitis is a systemic issue associated...Read More
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    This is a common question and one that is often misunderstood. A healthy person's sinuses are constantly draining. This is actually a function of a healthy sinus. When patients become concerned about their sinuses often is when the sinuses are not draining effectively either due to the sinus...Read More