If you have frequent sinus infections or sinusitis, then you might want to consider a type of surgery that delivers several benefits. Endoscopic sinus surgery usually doesn’t take long to complete. You’ll often see results in a short time including better breathing and fewer infections.
The goal of endoscopic sinus surgery is to remove any blockages that are in the sinuses so that drainage is improved and sinusitis is relieved. This can help in preventing infections from setting up in the future. A sinus infection often causes pain in your nose and in your cheeks. It can also impact your breathing and can cause nosebleeds. Another benefit of the surgery is that it can improve your sense of smell since there won’t be as much infection in your nasal cavity.
You will be put under local anesthesia for endoscopic sinus surgery to relieve sinusitis. Once you’re comfortable in the operating room, our doctor will gently insert a slender scope through your nose. There is a light on the end of the scope that allows our doctor to see the inside of your sinuses. It can also magnify the details of your sinuses to allow our doctor to better view what to remove and to see if there are other issues that need to be addressed at the time.
Once the scope is inside your sinuses, the doctor can guide other instruments through your nose to clear away blockages and to remove any polyps that might be in your sinuses. Scar tissue can also be removed. If you’ve had sinus surgery in the past, then this could be one of the causes of your sinusitis. When the tissue and other components are removed from your sinuses during the endoscopic surgery, you will likely notice a difference in just a few weeks.
There are usually no scars left behind from this procedure as there are no incisions made on your skin. Soon after your surgery, you can usually go home since it’s not as invasive of a procedure as others are. Our doctor might place gauze in your nose that can be removed soon after getting home. This is to control any drainage or bleeding that might occur.
If you are interested in endoscopic surgery to relieve sinusitis, or any of the other ENT services we offer at Regional ENT Associates, simply call us to speak with one of our educated staff members. We are conveniently located in Gallatin and Lebanon, TN. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!