Types of Sinus Surgery
The narrow sinus passages that need to be treated are usually determined before endoscopic sinus surgery. During the surgery, a small telescope is used to view the nose and sinuses. The sinus channels that are blocked are then enlarged by the removal of obstructive or abnormal sinus tissues. The nasal septum can be straightened as well. With your sinus passages opened, sinus infections are reduced because fluid is able to drain naturally.
Another procedure commonly done to open the nasal passages is Balloon Sinuplasty. During this minimally invasive sinus procedure, the narrowed sinuses are expanded with a balloon. The balloon is first positioned in the blocked sinus passage and then inflated to widen the walls of your sinuses. After the balloon is removed, your sinuses are able to drain and the sinusitis is usually treated successfully.
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Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery uses an endoscope (a very thin, clear, fiber optic tube) to clear a path through the sinuses so that the diseased sinus passage ways can heal.
Caldwell Luc Operation
The Caldwell Luc surgery goes through a cavity next to a 2nd molar in certain cases of chronic sinusitis. This improves drainage of the sinus passageway beneath the eye.
Image Guided Endoscopic Surgery
In some cases, the endoscopic sinus surgery may be done using image guidance technology. CT scans are combined with real-time information to help sinus surgeons navigate through the sinus passages. This provides a more precise visual of the surgical procedure and reduces the risk of damaging the eye, brain, or arteries.