What Is Sinus Surgery?

The sinuses are the air-filled cavities in the bones around the nose. They are lined with a thin layer of the mucous membrane. The sinuses make mucus, which drains into the nose. We perform sinus surgery in Humble to improve sinus drainage and relieve symptoms of sinusitis as well as other chronic sinus conditions. 

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Sinus Surgery Could Bring You Relief from Chronic Sinus Issues

People with chronic sinusitis may benefit from sinus surgery. Sinusitis is a condition that causes the sinuses to become inflamed and blocked. This can lead to pain, pressure, and headaches. Surgery can help to open the sinuses and allow them to drain properly. In some cases, it may also be necessary to remove part of the bone or cartilage that is blocking the sinus opening.

Why Choose Texas ENT Specialists (TENTS)?

When it comes to sinus surgery, you want the best possible care from experienced, skilled surgeons. That's why you should choose Texas ENT Specialists (TENTS). Our providers are board-certified and have completed fellowships in ENT care, so you can be confident that you're in good hands. We are up to date on cutting-edge ENT techniques and treatments and utilize state-of-the-art equipment at our 15 convenient locations across Texas. Whether you need sinus surgery or any other type of ENT care, you can trust that Texas ENT specialists will provide superior care for all your ear, nose, and throat conditions and illnesses.

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What To Expect With Sinus Surgery?

  • Before surgery, you will be thoroughly examined by one of our providers to ensure that this is the best possible treatment for your sinus issue. 
  • If you are a good candidate, your sinus surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. 
  • An endoscope is inserted into the nose, which will provide your doctor with a high-definition video of your sinuses.
  • The surgery itself will take 1-3 hours depending on the complexity of your issue. 
  • Packing will be placed in the nose during your procedure. This packing is lightweight and will dissolve on its own over time. 
  • Recovery time from sinus surgery is typically quick, with most people resuming normal activity within a week. However, it is important to follow your doctor's post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a successful outcome.

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What Conditions Can Be Addressed With Sinus Surgery?

Sinus surgery is performed to correct various sinus-related issues. 

  • The most common reasons for sinus surgery are chronic sinus infections, nasal polyps, and fungal-related sinusitis. 
  • Other less common reasons for sinus surgery include mucocele/blocked sinus cavity, postnasal drainage, nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, and loss of smell. 

For many people, sinus surgery can provide significant relief from chronic sinus problems.

Guidelines To Follow Before Your Sinus Surgery

If you're scheduled to have sinus surgery, there are a few things you'll need to do in the weeks leading up to the procedure.

  • First, you'll need to stop using all topical decongestant sprays. These should be given up four to six weeks before surgery. 
  • You'll also need to avoid blood thinners like aspirin or aspirin-containing products for two weeks before the surgery date. Other blood thinners, such as Warfarin, must be avoided as well. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil should be stopped at least a week before surgery. 
  • If you have any type of respiratory flare before the procedure, such as asthma, the surgery will need to be postponed to avoid any complications. 

Are There Any Post-Surgery Treatments?

Nasal packing will be removed a day or so after your surgery. You can expect bloody nasal drainage for several days. Saline irrigations and sprays can be used for roughly 2 weeks to keep your sinuses clear and free from infection. 

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