Stroke Scare Leads to Successful Sinus Surgery
Anthony Apostolou was suffering from a sinus infection that got worse after a few days. As he was doing yard work, he began having difficulty with his balance as he walked back and forth to his garage. At the same time he encountered problems with his equilibrium, he began experiencing intense pain from a severe headache. Concerned he was having a stroke, his family called 911 and had an ambulance transport him to Silver Cross Hospital’s Emergency Department where it was determined that he fortunately was not having a stroke. Instead, through a CT scan, a mass was discovered in his sinus cavity. The Elwood man was then referred to Dr. Ankit Patel, ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgeon, for further treatment. After performing a scope exam, Dr. Patel could see the blockage. Anthony had a MRI which verified that a large mass was in his sinus cavity. So on March 2, Dr. Patel performed endoscopic sinus surgery to remove the non-cancerous mass which was a large ball of mucus known as a frontoethmoid mucocele providing Apostolou with much needed relief.
“Anthony was having significant symptoms including painful headaches and eye pressure because the mucocele was pushing against his orbit and skull base,” said Dr. Patel. “The best course of treatment to help him and alleviate his symptoms was to surgically drain the mucocele.”
Dr. Patel states that often times mucocele masses, like Anthony’s, can grow silently for months, and sinus infections cause the mass to increase in size due to inflammation.
“Because of Dr. Patel’s expertise, I am no longer in pain and my balance is back to normal,” said the 58 year-old. “Dr. Patel was very informative as he answered all of my questions and made me feel confident that he was the right doctor to perform my surgery. I am so grateful to him and all the nurses at Silver Cross who took the time to compassionately care for me. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I’d give them all an 11!”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 11.7 million Americans visit their physicians with a primary diagnosis of chronic sinusitis. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program about the causes for chronic sinus infections and treatments for relieving sinus pain.
Dr. Ankit Patel, ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgeon, will present the latest treatments to treat chronic sinusitis including image-guided endoscopic sinus surgery allowing for faster healing and less post-operative pain. The free Solutions to Sinus Problems program will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Sign-up to attend.