Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

head-and-neck-surgery-la-peer-healthWhen medications and nasal sprays have failed, sinus surgery can help many patients suffering from sinus conditions find pain relief and better breathing. Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is the new standard for sinus surgery and is 85-90 percent effective for the majority of patients.

With sinusitis affecting more than thirty million Americans every year, the Los Angeles physicians of La Peer Health Systems aims to provide patients with relief through image guided endoscopic sinus surgery. This minimally invasive outpatient surgery can help reduce your pain and suffering from various sinus and nasal ailments that have been plaguing patients for quite some time.

What Is Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?

Sinus surgery has evolved from the procedure that requires incisions on the face and in the mouth, followed by a long recovery period. La Peer has the technology to offer a much more minimally invasive and streamlined process where the surgery can be performed by inserting an endoscope through the nose without making any incisions on the face.

The nasal endoscope used for our Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is placed into the nostril to access the sinuses with a tiny camera connected to a video screen to guide the surgeon. The nasal endoscope camera allows your surgeon to see exactly what needs to be repaired or removed and provides the physician with a magnified image of your nasal cavity for extreme precision throughout the entire operation.

A board certified ENT in Los Angeles will always perform image guided endoscopic sinus surgery for patients of La Peer Health Systems.

What Can Be Treated with Sinus Surgery?

The use of image guided endoscopic sinus surgery is relevant to treat several different conditions or diseases of the sinus cavity. If you suffer from sinus problems, it’s always best to schedule a consultation with an ENT in Los Angeles to decide upon the best course of treatment and action for your unique procedure.

In the past, our doctors have used image guided endoscopic sinus surgery to treat all of the following, including but not limited to:

  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal or sinus tumors
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Obstruction

Sinusitis is inflammation in the tissue lining the sinuses. When the sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, an infection can occur. The common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, and a deviated septum can cause acute sinusitis, while chronic sinusitis may be caused by an infection or growth. When sinusitis cannot be remedied with medications or nasal decongestants, sinus surgery may be necessary.

Nasal or sinus tumors, either benign or cancerous, can be caused by smoking, exposure to dusts from wood, leather and textiles, and inhaling toxic vapors. Avoiding these respiratory hazards can help reduce the risk of developing sinus or nasal tumors. Endoscopic surgery can remove the tumor and help prevent the spreading of the mass or cancer.

Nasal polyps are soft, painless, benign growths on the inside lining of the nasal passages or sinuses. They are the result of chronic inflammation in the sinuses, due to asthma, chronic infections, allergies, certain medications, and immune disorders. Sinus surgery can remove nasal polyps before they increase in growth and cause discomfort or become visible.

A nasal obstruction is a blockage in the nose or nasal cavity, which can be caused by a variety of conditions, including a deviated nasal septum, inferior turbinate hypertrophy, bodies in the nose, large adenoids, swelling of the nasal lining from allergies, choanal atresia, and pyriform aperture stenosis. When medications fail, nasal obstructions can be shrunk and removed during surgery.

There are other sinus conditions that are treated with different types of nasal surgeries. These include:

  • Deviated Nasal Septum which is treated with Septoplasty Surgery.
  • Septoplasty surgery realigns a portion of the bone or cartilage in the nasal cavity to create an even
  • nasal septum.
  • Turbinate tissue causing nasal obstruction and decreased airflow is treated with Turbinate Surgery by removing turbinate tissue in the nose.
  • Chronic sinus problems and inflamed sinuses are treated with Balloon Sinuplasty. The balloon sinuplasty enlarges the inflamed sinus opening to help treat a variety of sinus issues and improve breathing for patients.

The doctors of La Peer Health Systems encourage you to schedule a consultation with our surgeons to better understand how we can help you breathe better and improve your overall quality of life with image guided endoscopic sinus surgery.

Benefits of Image Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

The benefits that go along with image guided endoscopic sinus surgery are vast. Patients often feel that because of the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, image guided endoscopic sinus surgery allows them to heal more quickly than other surgical options. Other benefits include:

  • No External Scarring
  • Reduced Pain
  • Shorter Recovery Time
  • Higher Success Rates

To learn about other benefits of image guided endoscopic sinus surgery to treat sinusitis and other ailments, contact La Peer health systems today to schedule your initial consultation with an ENT in Los Angeles.

Recovery from Sinus Surgery

Following sinus surgery, sinus congestion can be expected, along with minor sinus headaches and potentially a small amount of blood from the nose. Patients should plan to take about two weeks off from work and other social responsibilities to recover, depending on the physical demands of your lifestyle. Sinus surgery can be performed under general or local anesthesia and patients can typically go home the same day as their procedure. Sinus pain after surgery is usually not significant, and nasal packing is often not needed.

Sinus surgery can take several months to fully show the benefits for patients and allow the sinuses to completely recover.

Complications post sinus surgery are not common, but can include excessive bleeding, infection, and risk with the anesthesia. Bleeding during surgery can be treated with nasal packing, and sinus infections can easily be treated with specific antibiotics. Risks involving anesthesia are rare.

Frequent returns to the doctor will be required following sinus surgery to ensure everything is progressing as it should. Your doctor will examine your nose and sinuses with an endoscope and you can expect to have your nose and sinuses cleaned out at each visit.

Patients can reduce any complications after surgery by following closely the post-operative care instructions given from their doctor. Sinus irrigation using sterile saline solution is often an important part of post sinus surgery care, along with sleeping with your head elevated for 2-3 nights following the procedure. Patients should also avoid blowing their nose for 7-10 days after the surgery, along with heavy exercise and contact sports 3-4 weeks post-surgery.

Contact an Experienced ENT in Los Angeles Today

La Peer Health Systems houses southern California’s elite Ear, Nose, & Throat physicians who are experts in the field of treating sinusitis with image guided endoscopic sinus surgery. If you think that you may be a good candidate for the procedure, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with a board certified ENT, during which you’ll learn about the best treatment options for your unique situation.

For more information on sinus surgery treatment options at La Peer, visit our Revision Sinus Surgery site.

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