Nasal & Sinus Disorders
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:
- Facial pain and pressure
- Mucous discharge
- Nasal obstruction
- Vision disturbances
Most sinus and nasal surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia. Patients may experience mild bruising, swelling and discomfort after surgery, but are usually able to recover quickly with no lasting side effects. Your doctor will decide which procedure is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual condition.
Balloon sinuplasty is an advanced surgical procedure used to treat sinusitis and other related problems through minimally invasive techniques. This involves inserting a thin endoscope into the nose without disrupting the surrounding bone and tissue. A small balloon is then gently inflated to widen blocked passageways and allow for proper drainage of sinus fluid. Patients can benefit from less bleeding and shorter recovery times with balloon sinuplasty.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic sinus surgery involves inserting a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end into the nose so that your doctor can visually examine the area. Tiny surgical instruments are then inserted to remove the obstructive tissues. Endoscopic sinus surgery does not require any incision, as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is the most common type of surgery for chronic sinusitis performed today. FESS is performed using a small endoscope inserted through the nostril. This minimally invasive procedure has significantly improved the results of sinus surgery. Advantages of FESS include a shorter recovery time, reduced risk of infection, decreased postoperative pain, and less scarring.
Imaged-guided sinus and nasal surgery combines endoscopic techniques with a CT imaging scan for even more precise results. The CT scan is performed simultaneously during surgery to guide your surgeon to the targeted area within your sinuses where blockage or infection occurs. It can help create a computerized model of the skull.
During this procedure, blockages or obstructions within the sinuses are cleared using tiny surgical instruments. Patients can benefit from faster recovery times, less discomfort and more accurate correction of sinus problems with this advanced procedure.
Although children are often affected by the same ear, nose and throat conditions as adults, they are often more susceptible to these conditions and require special care to treat these complex conditions. Our doctors are specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of ear, nose and throat conditions affecting children, including:
- Chronic Ear Infections – Ear infections affect up to 75 percent of children in the US by the time they reach the age of three. Children with ear infections may experience earache, fever, ear discharge, headache, and dizziness. While most ear infections go away on their own within 3 days, some persist, and could cause long-term damage to the middle ear if not treated. Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, ear infection treatment may include antibiotics, steroids, placement of ventilation tubes, or surgery.
- Tonsillitis – Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, the fleshy areas at the back of the throat, caused by a virus or bacteria. It is especially common in children and spreads through contact with throat or nasal fluids. Tonsillitis causes the tonsils to become swollen, red and painful. Tonsillitis can usually be treated at home through rest and drinking plenty of fluids, as well as antibiotics for bacterial infections. If a child has had several cases of tonsillitis in a short period of time, surgical removal of the tonsils may be necessary to prevent future throat infections.
- Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate – Each year, over 6,000 infants are born in the US with a cleft lip and/or palate, a common birth defect involving a split in the upper lip (cleft lip) and/or gap in the upper mouth (cleft palate). Children with this condition are highly susceptible to ear infections and dental problems, and their parents usually experience difficulties with feeding. Reconstructive surgery is the recommended treatment for a cleft lip and/or palate. Cleft lip repair is usually performed on children at the age of 3 to 6 months, while cleft palate repair is usually performed at the age of 9 to 14 months.
We strive to provide the most effective treatment while taking into consideration the comfort of our patients and concerns of their parents.