Many years ago, sinus surgery was an alarming procedure performed through surgical openings through the cheeks, causing scarring and disfigurement. Dr. Jeffrey Jumaily and Dr. Robert Ruder of The Beverly Hills Advanced Facial Surgery Institute in Beverly Hills, California, have experience with the latest techniques, which create minimal discomfort, few complications, and fast recovery times. If you have sinusitis or another condition requiring surgery, call or click today to schedule a consultation.
The need for sinus surgery typically arises when there’s some sort of impediment to normal sinus drainage. Surgical procedures seek to clear these blockages so you can breathe clearly without congestion or other issues. When sinuses don’t drain properly, an inflammatory condition called sinusitis often develops. This is a swelling of the tissue that lines the sinuses.
Surgery becomes necessary when blockages of the sinus don’t recover naturally. This may be due to:
Typically, sinus surgery is a last resort treatment, used when more conservative, non-surgical treatments don’t produce relief. Contemporary surgical techniques for sinus work are endoscopic, which minimizes the invasiveness of the surgery, reducing your discomfort and improving post-surgical recovery time.
However, the need for sinus surgery is relatively rare, since most people respond to other treatment options. Typically, surgery is only recommended for those with chronic sinusitis that persists after four to six weeks of conventional medical treatment, or when there’s an obvious physical blockage, such as a polyp, visible in diagnostic imagery. An infection caused by a fungus can’t be cleared with antibiotics, so it’s another potential reason for sinus surgery.
One of the most innovative advances in surgical sinus treatment, balloon sinuplasty removes the need for cutting tissue or bone for many patients. While every patient may experience different results, recovery time from balloon sinuplasty is typically two days until you can resume normal activity.
The procedure uses a flexible balloon catheter that’s inserted into an infected sinus. The balloon inflates to expand and reshape the sinus opening, while a saline solutions pumps through the catheter and flushes mucus and pus out of the sinus. The inflation of the balloon pushes back the inner lining of the sinus opening without damaging the lining tissue. The sinus is cleared and the passageways remain open after balloon catheter removal.
Clinical study of the balloon sinuplasty procedure indicates substantial improvement in chronic sinusitis symptoms, with few procedural complications.