Comparing the cost of sinus treatments: Drugs, Surgery, and REST

The cost of feeling “wired and tired”

  • While drug plans may cover the addicting, wiring, and tiring medications used to treat sinus trouble, co-payments are significant and vary widely. If buying allergy remedies over the counter at your neighborhood pharmacy, cost can be as much as co-pays for prescription drugs.
  • The cost for a series of detoxifying Sinus Ninja treatments is far less than the lifetime cost of sinus and allergy medications, and often reduces the need for them. Nova Sinus Center has a faithful legion of clients who’ve discovered that monthly maintenance ($65 each treatment when purchased as a REST-6) is preferable to the addicting, wiring, and tiring medications commonly available or prescribed.

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Something else to wonder about …

  • While the cost of natural pharmacy items that you purchase at Nova Sinus Center may be equal to the monthly payout in co-pays or over the counter symptom relief, natural pharmacy has been shown to enhance positive health outcomes across all body systems. To be sure, the health dollar savings goes beyond the nose and sinuses and has the potential to save money on total health care costs.

Other little “curiosities” about sinus and allergy drugs

  • Conventional drug therapies are over-stimulating (Sudafed®), or sedating (Benadryl®). Note that Benadryl® is diphenhydramine, the same drug as Nytol®, a sleep aid.
  • Nasacort® and Nasonex® contain benzalkonium chloride which may be immunosuppressive. Not what you’re looking for when your immune system is already exhausted and worn-out.
  • Pharmaceutic antihistamines are helpful in “drying up” allergies, but their contribution is hampered by the fact that thick, dry secretions are more likely to become colonized by bacteria, which leads to even more inflammation.
  • Antihistamines have been reported to crust and obstruct the ostiomeatal complex – the most important outflow zone for the paranasal sinuses.
  • According to the insert for Astelin®, paroxysmal sneezing and rhinitis (itchy nose) were listed as side effects. (It’s not uncommon for drugs to cause the symptoms they claim to relieve).
  • Nasal steroid sprays reduce the inflammation caused by allergic complexes. It is widely known that nasal inflammation can be worsened by IgG complexes related to allergenic foods.

Read: Blood testing for hidden food allergies

So, why medicate when you can eliminate?

Perhaps most importantly, sinus and allergy drugs do absolutely nothing to address biofilm adhesion. What’s more, pharmaceutic antihistamines, with their hyper-drying effects, actually cause a more drastic form of biofilm “stickiness.” Not what you’re looking for when desiring lasting nasal and sinus health.

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The bottom line on sinus surgery

For uncomplicated chronic sinusitis, surgery is typically used when alternatives and drug treatments have failed. While out-of-pocket expenses vary widely across insurance plans, co-pays for any surgery can be significant. The average sinus surgery client will tell us they’ve paid a few thousand in co-pays (which includes visits for follow up care).

In the spring of 2010, CNN reported that an uninsured man was quoted $33,127 for nasal polyp removal. Surgery is often indicated for nasal polyps and we advise that folks return for maintenance REST treatments following removal and biopsy. REST can prevent polyp return by reducing the inflammation that caused mucosal overgrowth to begin with. Not surprisingly, when the original cause is ignored, polyps will often return.

Using this as a general idea of how much nasal surgeries cost, REST and allergy testing represents a significant savings, even with lifetime maintenance.

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Like many interventions in medicine, the alternative treatment referenced on this site is an empirical one. That is, we “try it” to see if it works. No promise of result is implied or intended.

This site is not intended to provide medical advice or to be a substitute for proper diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care provider. If you have concerns about your condition, seek medical help right away.

All referenced medication names are registered trademarks of their respective developers and/or manufacturers.

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Sinus Ninja treatment – Insurance


Sinus Ninja treatments
are fee-for-service. Payments are due by cash or check on the day of treatment.  Getting your Sinus Ninja treatments is easy with our Discount Program.

Are prescriptions and CT scans ordered by the physicians of Nova Sinus Center covered by insurance?

While consults and Sinus Ninja treatments are fee-for-service, any medication or imaging ordered are covered by the limits of your plan. Note that ND’s are not participating medicare providers in Washington state.

Remember, you can use checks from your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for physician services.

Ask your accountant or financial advisor about how this can provide significant tax savings at the end of the year.

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Getting your Sinus Ninja treatments is easy with our Discount Program

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Consult & Evaluation   $65

Required for NEW clients. Review of symptoms, gentle exam of the sinuses, and discussion of your treatment plan.

Questions? Make an appointment today to discuss your sinus symptoms and treatment options.

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* Note that we gladly accept payment by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover *
Click here for sample treatment plan and a list of prices for dispensary items

 

1-day REST for ACUTE SINUSITIS, NASAL ALLERGIES, or COLD  $85

Single session right after your evaluation for acute relief.

4-day REST for CHRONIC SINUSITIS, NASAL ALLERGIES, or COLD  $75/ea

$10 off each session when you come in today and weekly for the next 3 weeks.

6-day REST for MONTHLY MAINTENANCE  $65/ea

$20 off each session when you come in monthly for 6 months.
Monthly treatments offer a symptom-reduced quality of life.

 

Make an appointment today to discuss your sinus symptoms and treatment options

What is a Naturopathic Physician (ND)?


ND stands for “Naturopathic Doctor,” but we like our reputation as “Nice Doctors.”

In the state of Washington, ND’s, or naturopathic doctors, are primary care physicians. Like MD’s, DO’s, ARNP’s (Nurse Practitioners), and PA-C’s (Physician Assistants), ND’s are licensed to diagnose and treat disease. Dr. Frank Aversano completed his training at Bastyr University – internationally regarded as the “Harvard of natural medicine.” Art meets research and results at this prestigious post-baccalaureate school of medicine.

In addition to standard-of-care medical training, the physicians of Nova Sinus Center are specialists in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). This means we use the most advanced, effective, natural treatments first and sinus related drug therapy when indicated. When might this be required? Drug therapy is indicated when a client’s illness is advanced and not responding to Sinus Ninja treatments and lifestyle changes alone. In cases of advanced (but not emergent) sinus disease, the physicians of Nova Sinus Center will treat according to the principles and standards of family practice. Should Sinus Ninja treatments, lifestyle changes, and drug therapy not reverse the the progression of chronic sinusitis, or if there are obvious signs of emergent disease, we may consider an immediate referral for surgical consult.

Are pharmacy items and CT scans ordered by the physicians of Nova Sinus Center covered by insurance?

While consults and Sinus Ninja treatments are fee-for-service, any pharmacist-dispensed medication or imaging ordered would be covered by the limits of your plan. Note that ND’s are not participating medicare providers in Washington state.

Getting your Sinus Ninja treatments is easy with our discount program

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REST – An ancient weapon for sinusitis

Q: What is REST?

A: REST™, or “Respiratory Suite Treatment” is a soothing, natural in-office treatment that provides immediate and lasting sinus relief. We like to think of it as a “Spa treatment for your nose.”

Q: Who performs the treatment? What are their qualifications?

A: The physicians of Nova Sinus Center are graduates of accredited naturopathic medical schools and are specially trained in the procedures used in this therapy.

Read more about:  Dr. Frank Aversano, REST developer and clinical director

Q: What can I expect during my 20-minute treatment?

A: Clients are escorted to a serene treatment space and seated comfortably in a massage chair. After a 20-minute consult and gentle exam of the nose and sinuses, clients are invited to place their face into a covered, cushioned face cradle. While enjoying relaxing music, nebulized (fine mist) vapors are inhaled using a mask that covers the nose and mouth. These vapors are designed to open the upper airways and produce a soothing effect on the nose and sinus passages. Next, specially designed sterile swabs are soaked in microbicidal botanical oils and gently placed into the nasal passages. Soothing all-natural lubricants are used to ensure easy swab placement. After the 4 swabs are in place (2 per nostril), clients report a non-painful “fullness” that quickly disappears. What does it smell like? Clients report that the aroma is deeply “calming” and “refreshing.” The microbicidal swabs remain in place for 5 minutes allowing for forward nasal and sinus drainage from the nostrils. Nasal flow often includes pathogens (viruses, bacteria), allergens (grasses, pollens, trees, molds), and particulates (dust, pollution). Nasal secretions are captured on a drainage plate and examined for signs of illness. During the last few minutes of drainage, nasal-specific trigger points on the head and neck are stimulated to further enhance drainage and offer a relaxing finish. After swab removal, clients report an immediate sense of relief often remarking on the glorious feeling of “coolness” and “weightlessness” in the nasal passages.

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Q: Why do I need a REST?

A: If you have any type of sinus problem, nasal allergy, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, sniffling, or snoring, you need to “Give your nose a REST.” The nasal passages are constructed as a series of turns and spirals. Bacteria, viruses, allergens, molds, and pollens often get caught in there, causing nose and sinus problems. Years of untreated organism growth often leads to distressing chronic sinusitis. Before finding us, clients are routinely treated with drug therapies that become ineffective over time and just “cover up” the underlying problem.

Read: Antibiotics are not justified

Antibiotics can’t reach inside the turns and spirals effectively, and irrigations (neti pot and saline sprays) have a tendency to “push” organisms and allergens deeper. The REST “unwinds” inflammation where it lives by seeping deeply into the turns and spirals to defeat symptom-causing organisms and allergens.

Read: Biofilms: a sticky situation

Q: How often do I need a REST?

A: Like taking a course of antibiotics, REST treatments are most effective as an initial series followed by maintenance treatments. To defeat longstanding bacterial overgrowth, we advise an initial series of 4 treatments. Your clinician may advise 2 RESTS per week for 2 weeks or 1 REST per week for 4 weeks, depending on the severity of your symptoms. After the initial series, 1 maintenance REST per month usually keeps the organism, particulates (dust), and allergen count low enough to maintain a symptom-reduced quality of life.

Read: Getting your Sinus Ninja treatments is easy with our discount program

Q: Is a REST series permanent?

A: Health is an ongoing journey. Sinus health is no exception. Clients report that treatments “hold” for many days to several weeks. As physicians concerned with getting to the underlying cause of the problem however, we are committed to helping the client understand the importance of identifying and eliminating allergens, especially food allergies. Note that blood testing for hidden food allergies is optional and available at Nova Sinus Center. Alternatively, your clinician may ask you to do a 3-7 day trial of eliminating the most common food allergens (one food at each treatment visit for 4 weeks).

With monthly REST treatments and simple lifestyle changes, Nova Sinus Center has helped 100’s of patients find a permanent, natural solution to their sinus trouble.

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Q: Are the physicians of Nova Sinus Center following “standard of care” practices?

A: Yes. MD’s in family practice will treat sinusitis independently (without referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist) using drug therapies first. Like other family practice doctors, we treat independently but use REST and lifestyle changes as first-line strategies. Like antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, REST seeks to accomplish two things: (1) reduce the number of pathogens in the nose and sinuses, and (2) reduce inflammation. These are the twin “standard of care” goals when treating acute and chronic sinusitis. In addition to doing this more naturally and less invasively, REST offers the added therapeutic potential of opening the sinus ostia (outflows). Unlike drugs, REST also increases the sweeping motion of tiny hairlike projections (cilia) in the nose and sinuses. If, after a reasonable amount of journeying and time it becomes necessary to use drug therapies or get a surgical consult, you and your physician at Nova Sinus Center can discuss next steps.

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Q: Why not just use medicines like Benadryl®, Astelin®, Claritin®, Zyrtec®, Allegra®, Afrin®, Singulair®, Flonase®, Xyzal®, Phenergan®, Nasonex®, and others?

A: Clients know that chronic use of antihistamines, decongestants, and leukotriene inhibitors leave them feeling “wired and tired” and just cover up the problem. Nasal steroid sprays are addicting (create lifelong dependence) and often cause nosebleeds, crusting, and nasal dryness. In contrast, REST is hydrating and actually prevents crusting when steroid sprays are in use. To be sure, the lifetime cost of buying over-the-counter and prescription medications far exceeds the cost of the REST program.

Read: Comparing the cost of sinus treatments

REST allows the sinuses to drain, truly “unwinding” inflammation where it lives. After a series of REST treatments, many of our clients report they no longer need (or need much less of) their over-the-counter or prescription medications. Food allergy elimination further enhances relief by getting rid of allergic complexes in the nose and sinuses.

Read: Blood testing for hidden food allergy

Q: What if drugs and surgery are necessary?

A: The physicians of Nova Sinus Center treat acute and chronic sinus problems with the least invasive methods first – REST 4 and 6 series, food allergy elimination, and natural pharmacy. Antibiotics are offered only in especially resistant cases and when the outcome is deemed favorable.

Read: Antibiotics are not justified

In cases of advanced (non-emergent) sinusitis or bothersome nasal allergy, your clinician at Nova Sinus Center may offer the option of short-term drug therapy. While this often provides short term relief to make life manageable, medications are prescribed in conjunction with a REST-4 or REST-6 series. The rationale is to stop the immediate symptoms while addressing the underlying causes (biofilm adhesion, hidden food allergies, etc). Nasal steroid sprays and other drug therapies create a lifelong pharmaceutic dependence and are not in alignment with our mission and purpose.

Monthly REST treatments offer a detoxifying, self-reliant approach to treating chronic sinus trouble. Think: “It’s not what goes into the body that heals. It’s what comes out.”

Nova Sinus Center works closely with otolaryngologists – ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists – in the greater Seattle area. In cases where the sinuses are unable to drain effectively due to anatomical variants or progressive disease, your clinician may advise a referral for surgical consult. The rationale of the REST program is to try the least invasive, most natural intervention before progressing routinely to medications and surgical revision of the nose and sinuses. The REST program has a better than average success rate. And, it represents the cutting-edge in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) for sinus problems. In fact, 8 out 10 clients report a significant improvement or reversal of their nose and sinus trouble. And, they so so without the metabolic burden of drugs or the potential complications of surgery.

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