If you live with chronic sinusitis, congestion, or troubled breathing, you may need sinus surgery to correct a structural problem in your sinuses. The board-certified team of ear, nose, and throat specialists at Beach Cities ENTS, in Torrance, California, have years of experience in performing sinus surgery to repair a variety of disruptive sinus problems. Call Beach Cities ENTS in the South Bay or schedule an appointment online today.
Why would I need sinus surgery?
The team at Beach Cities ENTS offers a variety of sinus surgeries to address conditions ranging from deviated septums to chronic sinusitis. Other reasons you might need sinus surgery include:
- Sinus or nasal polyps
- Structural abnormalities of your sinus cavities
- A sinus infection that has spread to the bone
In most cases, the doctors at Beach Cities ENTS try noninvasive treatments to heal your infection or correct other obstructions before recommending surgery.
What are the different types of sinus surgery?
Beach Cities ENTS provides several types of sinus surgeries to address the range of conditions that can affect your sinus and nasal passages.
Endoscopic sinus surgery
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. Your doctor uses an endoscope to see the inside of your sinuses and small, specially designed surgical tools.
Your doctor inserts the endoscope and other instruments through your nostrils to reach your sinuses to remove and reshape the bone and cartilage. They can also perform a polypectomy to remove polyps from your sinuses during endoscopic sinus surgery.
Balloon sinuplasty is another noninvasive procedure. Your doctor inserts a balloon catheter into your sinuses via your nose. Then, they inflate the balloon to open and reshape your sinuses with gentle pressure.
Septoplasty is a procedure to correct a deviated septum — the thin wall of cartilage that separates your nasal cavities. Septoplasty is usually a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.
The team at Beach Cities ENTS also offers traditional open sinus surgery when your condition is too severe for treatment with a minimally invasive option.
How should I prepare for sinus surgery?
Your doctor provides a pre-surgical consultation and gives you customized advice on how to prepare for your sinus surgery. In general, you should avoid eating for at least eight hours before your procedure.
If you take any medicines like aspirin or blood pressure medication that could increase your risk of bleeding, your doctor gives you instructions on whether to cut back or stop taking the medication before your procedure.
What should I expect while I recover from sinus surgery?
You may have some discomfort following sinus surgery. Your doctor may prescribe a mild painkiller to help you manage the pain, but in most cases, patients find that over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient.
You may also experience bloody noses, congestion, and drainage for up to seven days after surgery. These side effects are normal, but you should avoid the temptation to blow your nose for at least 24 hours after your operation.
Call Beach Cities ENTS or schedule a consultation online today if you need sinus surgery or live with chronic congestion and sinus pain.