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.
Sinus Surgery Benefits
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.
Sinus Surgery Procedure
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.
The goal of the procedure is to adjust/enlarge the narrow channels that connect the sinuses to your nose. As a result, the drainage from the sinuses can be improved. A majority of patients who have sinus surgery are able to experience a substantial improvement in their symptoms.
Sinus Surgery Recovery
Following the sinus surgery procedure, recovery typically lasts 3 to 5 days. Moderate bleeding is completely normal and will decrease gradually. Dr. Jones will prescribe any necessary medication and all types of strenuous activity should be avoided for the recommended amount of time.
Following up with Dr. Jones after surgery is a crucial part of the recovery process as well as the long-term success of the procedure. Make sure that you are able to keep any follow-up appointments. If you have any questions regarding your recovery, please call our office at 405.418.5400