What is sinus surgery?

What is sinus surgery?

By Guest Contributor, David C. Brodner, M.D.

It has been shown that chronic sinusitis significantly reduces quality of life, with suffering comparable to congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or back pain.  People who experience recurrent sinus infections (four antibiotics within twelve months), chronic sinus infections (failed medical therapy), or sinus headaches (sinus pain or pressure which worsens with weather changes, leaning over, or activities such as flying or diving) should seek relief from their suffering.

A sinus sufferer will use many medications (antibiotics, decongestants, nasal steroid sprays, oral steroid pills, and mucolytics) and procedures (saltwater irrigations) to rid themselves of the debilitating symptoms of sinusitis. Too often, the sinuses are non-responsive to medical therapy and require ‘a little help.’  When a patient fails ‘Maximum Medical Therapy,’ they may consider a variety of surgical options to fix the problem.

A careful diagnostic workup of the patient to identify the underlying cause of sinusitis is performed prior to considering any surgical options. This includes nasal endoscopy (directly visualizing the sinuses with a small camera), endoscopically-guided sinus cultures (to accurately identify infection), sinus computed tomography (CT) scan (to determine sinus anatomy), and thorough Allergy Testing.

Sinus function can be improved by enlarging the openings that drain the sinuses. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) involves state of the art micro-telescopes and instruments which allow direct visualization of the sinuses and removal of abnormal and obstructive tissues. This procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils with minimal discomfort, little to no convalescence, and rare complications.

Utilizing the latest Balloon Sinus Dilation technology, specially-trained surgeons can now treat sinusitis in the office. Minimally-invasive balloon technology allows opening of the natural pathways to the sinuses using only local anesthesia, without any recuperation period or downtime. Patients literally can walk into the office, undergo Balloon Sinus Dilation, and walk out thirty minutes later and immediately resume all of their normal activities.

About Dr. Brodner

David C. Brodner, M.D. has been caring for the patients of Palm Beach County since 2001 and is proficient in managing all ailments of the Adult Ears, Nose and Throat.  He founded The Center for Sinus, Allergy, and Sleep Wellness in 2009 to offer the latest minimally invasive therapies for sinus headache, sinus infections, allergy testing and treatment, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and insomnia. Dr. Brodner also uses his experience and knowledge to help people as a research and development consultant, medical records reviewer, quality assurance and disability adjudicator, and expert witness. He was the first specialist in Palm Beach County to earn Board Certification in both Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngology. For more information visit www.BrodnerMD.com.

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