Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

When the nasal passages and sinuses are blocked, sinus surgery may become necessary to improve breathing function and relieve conditions such as chronic sinusitis. Del Rey Sinus & Allergy Institute uses state-of-the-art endoscopic sinus surgery techniques in order to remove any nasal polyps or other blockages, and open the sinuses so they drain freely.

What can sinus surgery do for me?

Endoscopic nasal sinus surgery can help:

  • Remove nasal blockages, such as nasal polyps or tumors
  • Improve breathing
  • Relieve symptoms of chronic sinusitis
  • Improve sinus drainage
  • Correct nasal deformities, such as deviated septum.

How is endoscopic sinus surgery performed?

During endoscopic sinus surgery, the doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube, called an endoscope, into the nostrils to gain access to the sinuses. This type of sinus surgery is also called functional endoscopic sinus surgery, or FESS.  The endoscope is equipped with advanced fiber optic technology, allowing the surgeon to see inside the nasal passages and sinuses.  The doctor uses surgical instruments along with the endoscope to remove blockages and improve sinus drainage.  

For a complete description of endoscopic sinus surgery, take a look at this video.

In addition to endoscopic viewing techniques, we may use CT image guidance for surgery, delivering the most advanced, complete 3-D view of the sinus area, based on previous CT scans.

Some of the specific procedures performed during FESS may include removal of polyps (polypectomy), nasal valve repair, correction of septal deviation (septoplasty) and several other procedures.

 

What is the recovery after endoscopic sinus surgery?

Recovery depends on many factors, including the size, location and extent of the blockages, as well as your overall health. Most patients will be discharged the same day as their surgery, and have little to no discomfort, which can be treated with pain medication.

 

Will nasal polyps grow back after sinus surgery?

Unfortunately, nasal polyps can return after sinus surgery, and there’s no way to know how quickly they will return. Polyps may return after a year or two in some cases, or decades later in others. We recommend a range of ongoing treatments that may help delay the recurrence of nasal polyps, including post-surgical antibiotic irrigations or topical steroids.

Sinus surgery is not for everyone. Before you decide on sinus surgery, please get in touch with us for expert diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.