Sinus and nasal surgery is performed to enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses, in order to effectively treat conditions such as nasal congestion, rhinitis, sinusitis, polyps and others. Patients may turn to surgery after other treatments such as medications, nasal sprays and humidifiers have been unsuccessful in relieving symptoms, or for chronic, recurring conditions.
The symptoms of sinus problems can vary widely depending on the type and severity of each patient's condition, but often significantly affect a patient's quality of life. Common symptoms include:
There are several different types of sinus surgery, most of which can be performed through minimally invasive techniques that require no incisions and no hospital stay. Some of the most commonly performed procedures include functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), image-guided surgery, and Balloon Sinuplasty.
Most sinus and nasal surgeries are usually performed under general anesthesia. Patients usually do not have any bruising or swelling. Your doctor will decide which procedure is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual condition.
Breathing problems are often caused by structural blockages leading to the obstruction of air flow through the nose. Such disorders include deviated nasal septum, enlarged turbinates, nasal polyps, and enlarged adenoids. Initially, conservative management, including treatment of allergies is attempted. If there is no significant or lasting improvement, the least invasive surgical treatment will be recommended to correct the structural abnormality.
The most commonly broken bone in humans is the nasal bone. Nasal fractures may be displaced or non-displaced. Displaced nasal fractures result in a crooked appearance to the nose, and may also lead to nasal obstruction. Non-displaced nasal fractures generally do not require treatment. Displaced nasal fractures may be 'reset' if diagnosed soon after the injury. Older fractures resulting in nasal deformity may be corrected with open reduction or rhinoplasty techniques.