A traditional endoscopic sinus surgery is a procedure designed to open the natural drainage pathways of the sinuses in order to restore their overall function. This procedure is ideal for patients who are suffering from chronic or recurrent sinusitis, as the sinuses are unable to adequately drain because of inflammation. When your ENT doctor advises you to undergo a sinus surgery, it is because your symptoms cannot be cured with over-the-counter drugs, nasal sprays, or other medications. The goal of traditional sinus surgery is to carefully remove the thin bone and mucus membranes that are blocking the drainage pathways of the sinus. This procedure uses a fiberoptic telescope to perform the surgery through the nostrils, cutting out any need for skin incisions.
|As mentioned, the main goal of sinus surgery is to improve the overall drainage of the sinuses and increase airflow. Additional intentions of this traditional surgery are as follows:
- To reduce the number and severity of sinus infections
- To improve the symptoms associated with sinusitis
- To improve the airflow through the nose
- To improve the patient’s sense of smell
|What to Expect
|If your ENT doctor suggests you undergo a traditional sinus surgery, there are a handful of things you should be aware of. You will receive pre- and post-care instructions from your ENT doctor, which will depend upon your specific case and medical history. Below you will see a few tips and facts about sinus surgery that will allow you to have a better understanding of the procedure:
- Traditional sinus surgery is performed under general anesthesia
- This surgery is performed with an endoscope, which is a thin camera rod with a light attached to the end
- Instruments that are used during this type of sinus surgery are proven to safely and effectively remove sinus blockages
- This surgery does not involve making an incision into the skin, as it is performed entirely through the nostrils
- In most cases, you will be able to go home the same day of surgery
After the surgery it will be important for you to refrain from blowing your nose as well as bending, straining, or lifting more than 20 pounds during the first week. You should have no problem performing regular household activities, but if you have any questions about what activities you should steer clear of please contact one of our ENT clinics conveniently located in Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth today.