Sinus Surgery Center at Kennedy
Using the latest technology - computerized digital video equipment, sophisticated endoscopic instruments - Kennedy's team of caring medical and surgical specialists come together in one unique, state-of-the art outpatient center to surgically treat all types of sinus problems.

Board-certified otolaryngologists and specially-trained nurses and surgical technicians use superior medical technology to provide patients with the positive outcomes needed to lead a healthier, and pain-free life.

Our team of sinus surgeons and nurses use the most effective techniques available - including an image-guided, computerized navigation system - to pinpoint sinus disease, and minimally-invasive technology to ensure a quick recovery with less pain and improved symptom control.

Services Offered at the Center include:
  • Sinusitis management
  • Allergic fungal sinusitis management
  • Sinus and nasal trauma
  • Septum repair
  • Nasal Blockage surgery
  • Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
  • Nasal polyp removal

The Sinus Surgery Center at Kennedy is conveniently located within Kennedy's freestanding Surgical Center. The Surgical Center includes a waiting area with access to a consultation area and private patient rooms. Each of these 23 private rooms features a reclining lounge chair, a sink and dressing area. Complimentary snacks and beverages are available for family members in the Surgical Center's lobby, which also features a playroom for children. The Center accepts most major medical insurances. Many managed care plans cover the full cost of procedures conducted at the Center.

The Sinus Surgery Center at Kennedy
540 Egg Harbor Road
Sewell, NJ 08080

The following web sites offer additional information on sinuses:

Sinus Treatment Center
The Rhinoplasty Center

An online textbook: Allergic and Non-Allergic Sinusitis for the Primary Care Physician: Pathophysiology, Evaluation and Treatment is provided free to web users concerned with sinonasal disorders. IT IS ALSO NOW AVAILABLE FOR CME CREDITS for physicians as outlined below. Click here to view this textbook or for CME credit information.

Sinus Fast Facts:

What Do the Sinuses Do?

Your nose and sinuses play an important role in your everyday life. They affect your ability to smell, breath and taste, while providing defense against airborne debris, and assist in the production of mucus to keep the nasal and upper respiratory passageways properly moist.

There are four pairs of sinuses:
  • The Ethmoid Sinus, between the eyes and nose
  • The Frontal Sinus, above the eyes
  • The Maxillary Sinus, located in the cheekbone and under the eyes
  • The Sphenoid Sinus, behind the eyes Normal mucus secretion, normal functioning microscopic hairs (called cilia), and clear sinus drainage openings are three essential components needed to keep sinuses healthy. If one or more of these components aren't working properly, sinusitis may occur.

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammatory condition that can cause pain, infection and other troubling symptoms. It is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States. About 1 in 8 people suffer from sinusitis at some point in their lives. Common causes of sinus problems include:

  • Allergies - most common are airborne particles, animals, foods, feathers, fabrics
  • Increased air pollutants
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Narrow or blocked sinuses
  • Increases in temperature and humidity
  • Dehydration
There are four categories of sinusitis:
  • Acute cases, which last a month or less
  • Sub-acute cases, lasting four to 12 weeks
  • Chronic cases, lasting more than 12 weeks which can continue for months, or even years
  • Recurrent cases, which involve several acute attacks within a on-year period

Treatment for Sinusitis

When sinus problems persist, the first step in treatment is evaluation by a sinus specialist.

Treatments may include:
  • Decongestants
  • Oral steroids
  • Steroid nasal sprays
  • Saline nasal sprays or rinses
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics
  • Allergy shots, if indicated If sinusitis symptoms continue or are the result of a nasal obstruction (such as polyps), sinus surgery is often an effective option.
If you have sinus problems, please call the Kennedy Sinus Surgery Center's Program Coordinator at 856-218-5779 who can refer you to one of Kennedy's sinus specialists.

Common Sinus Medications: What You Need to Know

Depending on your medical diagnosis and symptoms of your sinus problem, your physician may prescribe various medication, some of which are over-the-counter products, and others which are available only through a doctor's prescription.

These include: Oral antibiotics to treat and prevent infection
  • Many antibiotics are available; generally, your doctor will take a culture to determine the most effective antibiotic for your particular infection. If prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to take the entire course of medication, even if you begin to feel better.
Oral antihistamines to treat indoor and outdoor allergies, as well as chronic hives or rashes, including:
  • Xyzal®, Allegra®, Zytrec®, Claritin, Chlor-Trimenton, Tavist-1, Alavert, Astelin, Patanase, Benadryl

Oral or nasal steroids to reduce swelling and inflammation, including:
  • Medrol Dosepak®/Prednisone (given orally)
  • Nasacort AQ®, Rhinocort Aqua® Veramyst® and Flonase®-intrasnasal steroid sprays used to reduce inflammation and reduce a stuffy, runny nose.
Mucolytics to thin and loosen mucus that causes congestion, including:
  • Mucinex®-an over-the-counter medication taken orally to break up mucus (There are several types of Mucinex®; as recommended by your doctor)
  • Robitussin, Guaifenesin Decongestants (oral and nasal sprays) to decrease sinus congestion.
These medications usually contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, including:
  • Sudafed(R), Afrin, NeoSynephrine.

Proton pump inhibitors to decrease acid in the stomach (which can result in throat irritation), including:
* Nexium®, Prilosec®, Prevacid®, Protonix®, which treat symptoms of acid reflux and promote healing of damage to esophagus caused by stomach acid.

Leukatriene Blockers to treat both indoor and outdoor allergies and prevent asthma attacks.
* Singulair®-a prescription oral medication that blocks leukotrienes, an underlying cause of allergy symptoms that cause narrowing and swelling of the airways.

Nasal saline spray to loosen mucus and moisten the nasal cavity or a Neti Pot-an over-the-counter salt water nasal irrigation treatment.

Remember: It is important that your follow the same schedule every day and take all medications as directed. Please call your physician with any questions or concerns.