The Sinus Clinic

The Royal Surrey Sinus Clinic is run by Mr San Sunkaraneni, an ENT Surgeon with a particular interest in diseases of the nose and sinuses. He is a specialist Endoscopic Sinus Surgeon, having undergone intensive training on a Fellowship year in Vancouver, Canada.

 Sinus problems

Sinusitis is a very common problem, with Acute Sinusitis frequently occurring after upper respiratory tract infections.

Occasionally, acute sinusitis can develop into a chronic picture – Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS). This condition can lead to many days taken off work, with the associated health economics issues.

Sinus conditions can also exacerbate pulmonary (lung) problems, eg asthma.

Tumours of the nose and sinuses are uncommon, but do occur, and may present with similar symptoms to sinusitis. They are also managed at the Royal Surrey Sinus Clinic in conjunction with other hospital departments.

Patients with symptoms of nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, headaches/facial pain, smell disorders, or ‘post-nasal drip’ may have sinus problems which can be assessed at the Sinus Clinic.

 The key aspect of good sinus surgery is the opening of the sinus drainage pathways, whilst preserving the mucosa (lining) of this pathways as much as possible. This prevents scarring of this area, and narrowing of these openings.

How to be referred to this clinic

Patients wishing to be seen in the Sinus Clinic should be referred to the ENT department by their GP.

 More information about Sinus problems

Patients wishing to find out more about sinus problems can look at the following websites.

NHS Choices – Sinusitis

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

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