Disorders of the Nose
Tampa General provides a broad spectrum of diagnostic and treatment services for nasal and sinus conditions as well as breathing-related sleep disorders in adults and children including the use of computerized intraoperative image guidance. We treat the following conditions:
Nasal Obstructions – Obstructions in the nose can be caused by anatomic deformities such as deviated septum, enlarged nasal bones, polyps, enlarged adenoids, or foreign bodies in the nose. These conditions can be addressed surgically to correct or remove the blockage.
Chronic Sinusitis – Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes in the sinuses, the air-filled passages around the nose and throat. It can be caused by infection, allergies, or anatomical problems such as deviated septum. In chronic sinusitis, the condition lasts longer than 12 weeks or reoccurs often. Medication is usually the first line of treatment. But when medications don’t help, a good option is endoscopic sinus surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, usually conducted through the nostrils, to enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses.
Benign and Malignant Tumors of the Nose and Sinuses – Tampa General provides comprehensive diagnostic services for nasal and sinus tumors, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET), for evaluation of tumors. We also provide a range of medical and surgical treatment options.
Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Snoring – Tampa General provides diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops or gets very shallow during sleep, and obstructive sleep apnea, a form of sleep apnea caused by an obstruction of the upper airway by weak or malformed tissues in the pharynx, the part of the throat that runs behind the nose.
Tampa General’s Sleep Disorders Center provides evaluation and follow-up care for children and adults with sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and a variety of other sleep-related disorders. Treatment includes CPAP/BIPAP devices that increase air pressure in the throat to prevent the airway from collapsing during sleep. Another option is somnoplasty, a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to reduce obstructive tissue in the nose.
Additionally, Tampa General Hospital now implants a new pacemaker-like device for sleep apnea patients unable to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Inspire therapy is the first kind of device that keeps airways open by sending a mild electrical shock that prevents the tongue from relaxing and obstructing the airway. One of the main causes of sleep apnea is that the tongue and throat muscles relax too much during sleep and can block breathing and wake the patient. People who suffer from sleep apnea lose important deep sleep time which can put them at higher risk for accidents, heart attack and stroke. For more information about TGH's Sleep Disorders Center, click here.