Sinus surgery widens the sinus openings and allows the removal of mucus or diseased tissue for patients who suffer frequent sinus infections. The procedure can be performed endoscopically, using a thin fiberoptic tube (an endoscope) inserted through the nostrils. This minimally invasive technique lets patients enjoy a shorter recovery time and less post-operative pain. In addition, real-time video imaging guides the surgeon inside the nose and sinuses.
Nasal Obstruction, stuffiness and congestion affects millions of Americans. It can arise from a number of causes, including a deviated septum, swelling of the mucosal covering of the turbinates (the bony structures that line the inside of the nose), sinus blockage, enlarged adenoids, and aging.
Tests for nasal obstruction include nasal endoscopy and CT scans. If non-surgical methods such as nose sprays and decongestants prove insufficient to reduce chronic congestion, surgery may be elected.
Surgical treatments range from adhesive strips for minor blockages associated with aging, to in-office injection, freezing, radiofrequency treatment, laser or cautery procedures for turbinate reduction, to an outpatient procedure called septoplasty.
Septoplasty – called septorhinoplasty when it is combined with cosmetic improvements – involves the re-shaping of the cartilage and bone for improved air flow. Full enjoyment of results from septoplasty are usually experienced within a week or two when swelling is reduced and splints or packing are removed.