If you require surgery for sinus problems, Metro Health Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists will help you choose the procedure that’s right for you.
Sinus Balloon Dilation
Sinus balloon dilation treats sinusitis and other related problems through minimally-invasive techniques. 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. The stent is usually removed during the first post-surgical visit, approximately four 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, the surgeon will widen the sinus openings with no external change in the appearance of your nose or face.