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Nasal Sinus Surgery

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What is sinus surgery?

Sinus surgery performed to open the sinuses and expand the airway in order to treat sinus conditions, such as nasal obstruction, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps and others. Patients may opt to have nose surgery after other treatments have failed or when conditions are severe.

What conditions warrant sinus surgery?

If you experience any of the following symptoms that are recurring and severe, you may need sinus surgery. Speak with your doctor about your specific symptoms, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Sinusitis that will not go away or is recurring
  • Pressure or pain in the face
  • Discharge
  • Headache
  • Congestion in sinuses or facial area
  • Blurred or fuzzy vision

What does sinus surgery involve?

Sinus surgery can usually be performed through minimally invasive techniques, requiring no incisions or hospital stays. Your doctor will decide which procedure is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual condition. Some of the possible surgeries and what to expect when undergoing each type are listed below.

Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a medical procedure that can treat chronic sinusitis and other sinus-related conditions. It is considered a minimally invasive procedure because it uses an endoscope—or a small tube with a camera at one end—that can be inserted through the nostrils. It does not require any disruption of bone or tissue to have the procedure. While using the endoscope to view the inside of the sinuses, a small balloon is inserted into the sinus passage and is inflated to widen the area. This creates a wider nasal passage and prevents recurring infections.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a nasal surgery performed by inserting a thin tube with an attached camera into the nose so that your doctor can visually look at the area. Then, a small surgical instrument is inserted to remove the tissues that are obstructing the area. Endoscopic sinus surgery is minimally invasive, as the whole procedure is performed through a patient’s nostrils.

If you are suffering from sinus-related issues and believe you may need sinus surgery, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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