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If you’re experiencing the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery might be the right treatment for you. With chronic sinusitis, also called chronic rhinosinusitis, the cavities surrounding your nasal passages will become inflamed and swollen, interfering with proper drainage and causing a significant amount of mucus to build up. Resulting from this buildup, you may suffer from:
Endoscopic sinus surgery is intended to surgically remove the blockages in the sinuses, which may be caused by nasal polyps (unusual growths) or by a deviated nasal septum. This surgery is intended to target the involving area to successfully relieve the above conditions which can significantly impact your quality of life.
Before choosing surgery, those suffering from sinusitis may initially take a variety of medicines that target the symptoms, especially if the symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection. In such cases, treatments may include antibiotics, decongestants, as well as other medications to thin the mucus and reduce inflammation.
Unfortunately, chronic sinusitis patients don’t typically respond well to these medications, whereas surgery targets the affected sinus areas with precision to deliver consistent results for those with persistent symptoms.
Dr. Cong Thu Nguyen is an expert at treating problem areas with endoscopic surgery, delivering the following benefits over traditional surgery procedures which require entry through the cheek area:
As mentioned above, there is a wide variety of causes for sinus pain, and you may be able to find relief through medication. If medication is not effective for you, or if you’re looking for a longer term solution, take our “Chronic and Recurrent Sinusitis Quiz” to see if you qualify for endoscopic sinus surgery.
During the surgery, an endoscope is inserted through the nostrils, enabling the doctor to look inside the sinuses through an eyepiece. Along with the endoscope, which emits light and gives the doctor visibility of the affected area, the doctor will use surgical instruments to remove the blockages causing the condition.
Prior to the surgery, the doctor may ask you to make an appointment for lab tests or to discontinue any medications you’ve been taking for pain. It will be recommended that you fast the morning before surgery.
The procedure may take up to 90 minutes, after which you may need a couple of hours to recover in a quiet recovery room. You will be given specific instructions regarding care and medication after your specific endoscopic sinus surgery.
Make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen today to determine if endoscopic sinus surgery is right for you, and get the relief you need. So book an assesment , or call our Houston clinic, and treat your sinusitis today!