Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

ENT Physicians, Inc. is at the forefront in the field of advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, using imaging technology to treat sinus disease. We offer in-office balloon sinusplasty, a less invasive and less painful treatment option. In the past, sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis were limited to two treatment options - repeated and ongoing management with medication, or aggressive sinus surgery to open sinus drainage pathways. Balloon sinus dilation is a new, in-office option performed under local anesthesia that widens the sinus pathways and restores natural drainage. Endoscopic surgery uses scopes going through the natural sinus small incisions or natural body openings in order to diagnose and treat disease. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure which aids in short recovery times. This is a new option that delivers lasting relief from chronic or recurrent sinusitis. Compare available treatment options:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation: A minimally invasive procedure that uses small balloons to restore drainage and deliver instant, lasting relief.
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: A more traditional approach to sinus surgery that opens blocked sinuses by removing tissue and bone.

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a relatively new procedure designed to increase the amount of air flowing through the sinuses and allow mucus to drain properly out of the nose. The procedure can:

  • Relieve nasal blockages and improve breathing
  • Relieve facial pain
  • Improve breathing sinus drainage decreasing the frequency of sinus infections
  • Improve the sense of smell and taste

Endoscopic sinus surgery is an effective procedure to correct:

  • Sinusitis
  • Deviated septum, in which the partition separating the left and right sides of the nose is crooked
  • Polyps, a non-cancerous water-filled swelling in the sinuses

Procedure Overview: The exact procedure used by your surgeon depends on a number of factors, including your specific anatomy. You should feel free to discuss procedure specifics - including what instruments will be used, which structures may be removed, recovery, risks, and any other questions you may have.

When sinus surgery was first performed, surgeons would have to reach the sinuses by entering through the cheek area. This often caused scarring and possible disfigurement. In another traditional procedure, surgeons enter the sinus through the upper jaw.

The sinuses are four hollow spaces filled with air in the skull that surround the eyes. Air passes in and out of these spaces, as well as mucus which drains through them and out of the nose. They also reduce the weight of the skull and give our voices a nicer sound.

The four sinus cavities are listed below:

  • Maxillary - in the cheekbones
  • Ethmoid - between the eye sockets
  • Frontal - in the forehead and above the eyebrows
  • Sphenoid - deep in the head at the back of the nose

The benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery can:

  • relieve nasal blockages;
  • relieve facial pain;
  • improve breathing; and
  • improve the sense of smell and taste.

Sinusitis is actually a swelling of the inner lining of the sinuses. This swelling causes the openings of the nose to be blocked so that the mucus inside can no longer drain out. When the mucus cannot drain, the pressure of the blocked fluid creates pain in the face and impairs breathing.

The partition separating the left and right sides of the nose, called the septum is sometimes crooked. This crooked condition is called a deviated septum. Some people are born with this abnormality, but sometimes it is the result of an injury.

A polyp (also called a cyst) is a benign (noncancerous) water-filled swelling about the size of a grape, which develops in the sinuses and causes blockage. They most frequently occur in people who have asthma.