Our practice offers premier nasal and sinus surgical treatment options for conditions that either require surgery or aren’t responding to other medical or procedural treatment plans. Most of these can be managed or cured using nonsurgical treatments. In some cases, though, our physicians may recommend surgical solutions. Whether or not a patient requires surgery depends entirely on their individual health and personal needs. Some examples of conditions that may require nasal or sinus surgery include nasal blockage, chronic sinusitis, deviated septum, sinus or nasal trauma, nose bleeds, nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates, chronic stuffiness and chronic breathing issues.
Depending on the patient’s condition, insurance, lifestyle and symptoms, their ENT physician may recommend one or more surgical treatment options. Some of the most common procedures our practice perform in-house or at our outpatient surgery center include:
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Used to improve nasal drainage and open up the nasal passageways. To perform this outpatient procedure, the doctor uses an endoscope (a small probe with a camera on the end) to enter the patient’s 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 sinuplastyuses 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.
Caldwell Luc Operation
Improves drainage in the maxillary sinus by creating a window from this cavity to the nose. The surgeon enters the maxillary cavity endoscopically through the upper jaw above the molars.
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.
Reduces airway obstruction and difficulties breathing caused by enlarged or swollen turbinates, which are small bones that clean and humidify air as it passes through the patient’s 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).
Call California Head & Neck Specialists at 858.909.0770 for more information or to schedule an appointment.