What Is Sinus Surgery?

We generally recommend sinus surgery in Pasadena at our practice, to treat nasal polyps and chronic sinus conditions that have not responded to medication or other forms of treatment.

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Could Sinus Surgery Bring You Relief?

The goal of the surgery is to improve sinus drainage and ventilation to reduce the inflammation and infection that can lead to nasal polyps and other chronic sinus ailments. In some cases, the surgery may also involve the removal of bone or tissue that is blocking the sinuses. Sinus surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, and most people can return home the same day. Recovery times vary depending on the extent of the surgery, but most can resume normal activities within a week. It can be an effective treatment for chronic sinus conditions and help to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from these disorders.

Why Choose Us for Your Sinus Surgery?

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What To Expect During Your Sinus Surgery

  • Before surgery, our providers will evaluate whether the procedure is right for you. You will be thoroughly examined, and if it is determined that surgery is the best course of action, you will be given instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. 
  • On the day of surgery, you will be given general anesthesia, and an endoscope will be inserted into your nose. The endoscope provides 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 your nose following the surgery, but it is lightweight and will dissolve on its own. 
  • In most cases, patients can return home the same day as their procedure. Sinus surgery can provide relief from chronic sinusitis and other sinus issues.

What Can Be Treated With Sinus Surgery?

Sinus surgery is a procedure that is performed to improve the function of the sinuses. The sinuses are air-filled cavities in the skull that help to filter and humidify the air that we breathe. However, they can also be a source of discomfort when they become blocked or infected. Sinus surgery can help to address a variety of issues, including:

  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Nasal polyps
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Fungal-related sinusitis
  • Mucocele/blocked sinus cavity
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Loss of sense of smell

In many cases, sinus surgery can finally bring relief by eradicating symptoms and restoring normal function.

Guidelines To Follow Before Your Sinus Surgery

Sinus surgery is a common procedure that can help to improve breathing and relieve sinus pain and pressure. Before surgery, there are a few things that patients need to do to prepare.

  • First, the patient should stop all topical decongestant sprays four to six weeks before surgery. This will help to ensure that the surgery is effective. 
  • Second, the patient must avoid blood thinners like aspirin or aspirin-containing products for two weeks. This helps to prevent excessive bleeding during the surgery. Other blood thinners such as Warfarin must be avoided as well. 
  • Third, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (like Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naprosyn, Mobic, and Celebrex) should be stopped at least a week before surgery. These medications can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. 
  • Finally, if the patient has any type of respiratory flare before the procedure such as asthma, the surgery will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Following these guidelines can help patients ensure a successful outcome from their surgery.

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