Ear, nose and throat specialists at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation provide surgery to help open airways in people who have chronic sinusitis, deviated septums, nasal polyps and other problems. Here are surgeries for common nasal and sinus problems.
- Deviated Septum Repair — A deviated septum is when the septum, or the part of the inside of the nose that separates it into two, veers to one side or another. People with deviated septums often breathe through their mouths because the septum is blocking their airway. They’re also more vulnerable to nasal and sinus infections. Your doctor may recommend repairing your septum if you have trouble breathing or reoccurring nose bleeds. Surgery usually takes less than two hours and some people can go home the same day.
- Nasal Polyp Removal — A nasal polyp is a soft growth that can develop in the lining of the nose or sinuses. It’s not known for sure what causes nasal polyps, but people who have asthma, chronic sinus infections, hay fever and aspirin sensitivity are more likely to get them.
If you develop a polyp, you might not have any trouble with it at all, or it can grow and block your airway and cause other cold-like symptoms. If your doctor determines that you have a nasal polyp, they may prescribe you medications to shrink it or suggest surgery to remove the polyp through the nose. The surgery is brief, and patients can usually go home the same day.
- Rhinoplasty — This surgery, done to change the shape of the nose, can be performed to correct a deformity or as an elective procedure. It usually takes around two hours, and patients often go home the same day. Recovery can last several weeks, and it may take up to a year for you to see the final shape of your nose.
- Turbinate Surgery — Your doctor may suggest this surgery if you have trouble breathing through your nose because of swelling and other treatments to reduce the swelling haven’t worked. Your turbinates are a set of tissue that cover small bones inside your nose. During surgery, your doctor may either remove or adjust your turbinates to improve your airflow. People usually go home the same day of surgery, and full recovery takes approximately two months.
- In-Office Balloon Sinoplasty — This minimally-invasive sinus procedure is done primarily to relieve chronic sinusitis, which produces cold and allergy-like symptoms. Otolaryngologists at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation are some of the only doctors in the East Bay who offer this procedure in-office.
During a balloon sinoplasty, your doctor will guide an endoscope, or small camera, through your nostril openings, look inside your nose, and insert a balloon device that will gently inflate and open your blocked sinus pathways. This method is much like what surgeons use to open blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. There are no visible cuts, incisions, or changes in appearance. Balloon sinoplasty is safe and effective and has a short recovery time.
- Sinus Surgery — If your symptoms are severe enough, or other avenues can’t relieve them, your doctor may recommend surgery. The surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and usually takes under two hours.
Using a small scope and tiny incisions, surgeons can perform minimally invasive surgery to correct sinus pain and blockages known as sinusitis. Endoscopic surgery requires shorter recovery times and results in less scarring than traditional surgical methods.