Sinus Surgery Specialist

Beach Cities ENTS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists located in Torrance, CA

If you live with chronic sinusitis, constant nasal congestion, or annoying postnasal drip and sinus headaches, you may benefit from 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.

Sinus Surgery Q & A

Why would I need sinus surgery?

The team at Beach Cities ENTS offers a variety of surgical options for your sinuses to address conditions ranging from nasal polyps to recurrent sinus infections. Other reasons you might need sinus surgery include:

  • Structural abnormalities of your sinus cavities
  • A sinus infection that has spread to the bone
  • Cancer

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 surgical options for your sinuses 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 small, specially designed surgical tools while using an endoscope to see the inside of your sinuses.

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

Balloon sinuplasty is another minimally invasive procedure. Your doctor inserts a small balloon catheter into your sinuses via your nose. The balloon is then inflated to open and reshape your sinus openings with gentle pressure. 

Septoplasty

A septoplasty is a procedure to correct a deviated septum, which is the thin wall of cartilage and bone in the middle of your nose that separates your nasal cavities. This procedure is usually a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. 

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 or drinking for at least eight hours before your procedure. 

If you take any medications that may thin your blood like aspirin that could increase your risk of bleeding, your doctor may give 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 drainage and nasal congestion for the first week after surgery. These side effects are normal, but you should avoid the temptation to blow your nose and instead use nasal saline spray or rinses as directed by your physician. 

Call Beach Cities ENTS or schedule a consultation online today if you think you may benefit from sinus surgery or live with chronic congestion and sinus pain.

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