Surgery Options for Sinus Infections

Do you feel like you have tried every pill at the pharmacy to treat your sinus condition with little to no change in your symptoms? Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. This is when your Las Vegas doctor may recommend a surgical solution.

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Conditions that can be treated with nasal or sinus surgery include:

  • Nasal blockage
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Deviated septum
  • Sinus or nasal trauma
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nasal polyps.
  • Enlarged turbinates
  • Chronic stuffiness
  • Chronic breathing issues

What Nasal & Sinus Surgery Options Are Available?

Depending on your condition, insurance, lifestyle and symptoms, your Las Vegas ENT physician may recommend one or more surgical treatment options. Some of the most common procedures are:

  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is used to improve nasal drainage and open up the nasal passageways. To perform this outpatient procedure, your Las Vegas doctor uses an endoscope (a small probe with a camera on the end) to enter your sinuses and remove problematic tissues and diseased sinus mucosa.
  • Image guided surgery is another endoscopic surgery option for severe forms of chronic sinusitis or nasal blockage that can’t be treated using normal sinus surgery methods. It relies on a three-dimensional mapping system created from CT scans for extreme precision.
  • Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small balloon catheter inserted into the sinuses then inflated to open up the nasal passageways. Once the sinuses reach the desired width, the balloon is deflated and removed, leaving more space in the passageway.
  • Septoplasty and septorhinoplasty procedures reshape, reduce or reposition portions of the septum’s bone or cartilage to open up the nasal passageway and improve drainage and breathing. These procedures are used to reduce blockage, fix a deviated septum, repair a broken nose and more.
  • Turbinate surgery reduces airway obstruction and difficulty breathing caused by enlarged or swollen turbinates, which are small bones that clean and humidify air as it passes through your nose. There are several types of turbinate surgery, including the turbinectomy (full or partial tissue removal), the turbinoplasty (tissue repositioning), radiofrequency or laser ablation surgery (tissue reduction) and submucous resection surgery (partial bone or cartilage removal).

For more information on nasal and sinus surgeries and to see if it may be right for you, contact your Las Vegas doctor today.