If you live in Oklahoma, it’s highly likely you have allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American ranked Oklahoma City #3 and Tulsa #12 as the cities with the worst spring allergies. At Jones ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery a comprehensive evaluation of your nose and sinuses is performed, and then we discuss all of treatment options available for your condition, including:
- Medical evaluation and treatment of allergies
- Allergy testing and treatment
- SLIT (Sublingual immunotherapy) – outpatient, oral allergy treatments
- Outpatient Balloon Sinus Surgery
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery with Navigation
What is Sinus Surgery?
The sinuses are air pockets within the bones of ones skull and facial bones. These 8 paired air pockets named –maxillary, ethmoid, frontal, and sphenoid – drain into the nose. When these pathways are blocked by infection, polyps, or tumors, they produce infection and facial pressure symptoms. When medical therapy is unsuccessful in opening the sinuses, endoscopic sinus surgery is performed to ‘open’ the sinuses.
Sinus surgery is performed endoscopically through the nose in the office and the operating room. Where surgery is performed depends on the extent of surgery and the patient’s choice. The surgery is almost always outpatient.
Who are the Patients Who will Benefit from Sinus Surgery?
Patients who have chronic sinus disease, nasal polyps, or nasal or sinuses tumors are candidates for endoscopic sinus. Patients who have limited sinus disease may be a candidate for Balloon sinuplasty, a minimally-invasive procedure performed in the office. For more extensive endoscopic sinus surgery, we use special technology, called Navigation, to maximize safety and accuracy.
What is Sinus Surgery Like for Patients?
Sinus surgery starts with a consultation to determine if the patient is fit to undergo the procedure and to provide the patient with all the information that they need about the procedure. Sinus surgery can be performed in combination with other nose procedures, like septoplasty, turbinate reduction, or rhinoplasty.