Sinus Surgery

Sinus surgery today is most commonly performed for patients with chronic sinusitis or frequent bouts of acute sinus infections. Sinuses are cavities within the cheek bones, the forehead, between the eyes and beyond that normally connect with the nasal passage through small drainage openings. Current understanding assumes that poor sinus drainage due to obstruction of the openings may contribute to sinus problems. Therefore, the goal of nasal sinus surgery is to ease drainage of the sinuses into the nose by surgical means. For over 20 years, modern sinus surgery has been performed with the aid of an endoscope. Over the last decade, intra-operative computer imaging can aid the sinus surgeon to confirm the anatomy, reduce risks and improve outcome.

Sinus Surgery and Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can be performed in conjunction with sinus surgery. Because sinus surgery has developed as a rather complex procedure, most sinus surgeons do not perform rhinoplasty. The team usually consists of two surgeons: a sinus specialist and a rhinoplasty surgeon. Most commonly, the sinus surgery is performed first, the rhinoplasty follows. For sinus surgery general anesthesia is usually utilized. If the sinus procedure is complex or leads to significant bleeding, these two procedures are best performed on separate occasions.

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