The sinus cavities are hollow spaces in the skull above, between and underneath the eyes. They are connected to the nose and can get inflamed or infected leading to runny nose, post-nasal drip, pressure, decreased ability to smell or taste, headache, and trouble sleeping. The underlying cause of the inflammation may be environmental irritants, allergies, abnormal growths called polyps, atypical internal nasal and sinus anatomy, viruses, fungi, or bacteria.
If you do not obtain sufficient relief of your sinus discomfort through the use of medication and lifestyle alterations, sinus surgery may be your best choice. We offer Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery as well as Balloon Dilation of the sinuses to help you breathe better.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery uses an endoscope, or small flexible camera, to access the sinuses without an external incision. Diseased tissue and polyps can be removed, and any excess bone or tissue can be removed or repositioned in order to improve your air pathways and sinus function. This surgery is usually performed under iv sedation or general anesthesia and is a wonderful compliment to a septoplasty or cosmetic rhinoplasty.
Balloon dilation of the sinuses, or balloon sinuplasty, is a newer technique or open the pathways the sinuses use to drain. This allows better sinus function, less stuffiness, and a decrease in infection risk. In a balloon sinuplasty, a tiny guidewire and balloon is placed into a sinus opening which is too narrow. The balloon is opened, gently widening the sinus pathway. The balloon is then deflated and removed. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be comfortably performed under local anesthetic in our office. It does not require any time away from work or your social schedule.