Sinus surgery is performed for extensive sinus disease. This outpatient procedure has been shown to be effetive in relieving sinus symptoms. With sinus surgery, we are able to functionally open obstructed sinuses and remove nasal polyps.
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia in the operating room. An endoscopic camera is used to visualize the nasal cavity and sinuses. Specially-designed instruments are used to remove the fine layers of bone and mucosa to widely open the natural outflow tracts of the diseased sinuses. Polyps or cysts may be removed from the sinus cavities.
No nasal packing is placed at the end of the surgery. Nasal packing was commonly used years ago but probably caused more harm than good and it was painful to remove the packing after surgery. We no longer use packing, except in rare circumstances.
Sinus Surgery in the Minimally-Invasive Era
We typically perform balloon sinus dilation as a first-line procedure for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. However, in certain cases, this may not be possible or advisable. For instance, a severely deviated nasal septum may require septoplasty at the same time as sinus surgery, or extensive polyps may need to be removed.
Sinus surgery is still considered minimally-invasive because no external incisions are needed and recovery is still quick--usually 3-5 days of downtime during which pain medication may be necessary.
For more details about endoscopic sinus surgery, click here.
Sinus CT showing opacified right sinuses (gray color) and normal air-filled left sinuses (black color). The opacified sinuses are filled with swollen tissue or fluid.
Sinus CT showing severe disease with diffuse polyps filling the nasal cavity and sinuses.
Sinus CT showing normal air-filled sinuses.
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