Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Chronic sinus problems can be a frustrating issue. You may feel like you are never in good health due to constant congestion and drainage which makes you appear and feel you are constantly sick. Sinus-relates headaches can also interfere with your ability to function, causing a profound impact on your quality of life overall. If you have tried other treatments for your chronic sinus issues without success, perhaps it is time to consider endoscopic sinus surgery.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive procedure which may be recommended if other treatments have not had the desired effect. This procedure uses a small scope and surgical tools to make corrections to the sinuses with smaller incisions, less discomfort and faster recovery times than traditional sinus surgery.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
The results you deserve
You may consider endoscopic sinus surgery if you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
- Septal deviations causing airway obstruction
- Turbinate hypertrophy, which results in enlarged turbinates inside the nasal passages
- Chronic sinusitis which does not respond to other forms of treatment
- Nasal polyps inside the nasal passages
Dr Gerarchi will make a full assessment of your sinus condition to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for endoscopic sinus surgery.
Meeting your surgeon
When assessing your endoscopic sinus surgery, Dr Gerarchi will have the following goals in mind:
- Decrease recurrent sinus infections and reduce their severity
- Improve airflow into the nose by removing possible obstructions
- Reduce symptoms related to chronic sinusitis
- Improve nose function, including your sense of smell
When you decide to move forward with endoscopic sinus surgery, it is important to select a surgeon who is experienced in this procedure. When you choose Dr Gerarchi for your sinus surgery, you can rest assured you will receive the highest level of care and support to produce a safe and successful surgery process for you.
Either local anaesthesia with mild sedation or general anaesthesia will be used to ease you into the surgery. Once you are comfortable or asleep, Dr Gerarchi will insert an endoscope through the nasal passage, followed by specially-designed tools remove the blockage and open up the sinus cavities. The procedure may include straightening the septum or removal of polyps, enlarged turbinates or scar tissue.
You will be able to return to the comfort of your own home the same day as your sinus surgery. Some bloody discharge from the nose and mild swelling and bruising are to be expected; both will resolve within a matter of days. Discomfort is also common after sinus surgery and can be effectively managed with oral pain medication.
Your post-surgical journey
Dr Gerarchi will provide you with post-operative instructions to ensure the recovery process is as smooth and comfortable as possible. These include restrictions on blowing your nose to avoid disrupting stitches and interfering with the healing process. Sinus rinses may also be recommended to keep the passages clean and safe from infection. You will likely be back to light activities within one week and most other activities within two.
Managing you pain and recovery
You will be given a prescription for an oral pain medication to ensure you remain comfortable during the recovery process. Antibiotics will also be prescribed to prevent possible infection during the recovery process.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a way to address a host of sinus issues. Dr Gerarchi performs these procedures regularly and will ensure your results are as safe and successful as possible. To find out more about endoscopic sinus surgery, or to request a consultation, please contact our office today.