For sinus issues that have to be operated on, Metro Health Ear, Nose and Throat specializes in a variety of sinus surgery techniques including:
Sinus Balloon Dilation:
Sinus balloon dilation is used to treat sinusitis and other related problems through minimally invasive techniques. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, sinus balloon dilation clears blocked passageways without disrupting surrounding bone and tissue. This is done by inserting a small balloon that gently inflates to widen the walls of the passageway and allow built-up sinus fluid to properly drain.
Septoplasty and/or Turbinate Reduction:
If the midline wall of the nose (septum) or the side walls of the nose (turbinates) are felt to be enlarged, surgery might be necessary. This procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia for most patients. A plastic stent, in the shape of a straw, is inserted into the nasal passages to allow for appropriate breathing during recovery. This is usually removed during the first visit, approximately 4 days, after the procedure.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery:
For patients with chronic sinus infections, blockage and headaches, sinus surgery may be necessary to reduce the frequency and intensity of future infections. This procedure is usually performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Using special instruments, surgeons widen the sinus openings with no external change in the appearance of the nose or face.