Recurrent or chronic sinus infections may result in constant pain and trouble breathing, consequently lowering your quality of life. If your sinus infections interfere with your daily life, your provider may recommend sinus surgery to restore your optimal health. Houston Sinus Surgery should be your ultimate choice if you need minimally invasive treatment for sinus infection.
When to consider sinus surgery
Sinuses refer to the cavities in your skull located around your nose, eyes, and front of your face. They secrete mucus that moisturizes your nasal passages and makes your skull lighter. The mucus prevents the entry of infectious organisms, pollutants, and dirt. Sinuses have hair-like cells called cilia that drain mucus from your nose. Your provider may recommend sinus surgery if you have chronic sinusitis or have polyps in your sinuses and medications have proven futile
. Many people rarely experience nasal polyp symptoms; the signature symptoms include facial pain, a runny nose, post-nasal drip, snoring, recurrent sinus infections, and sleep apnea. The team removes the polyps, bone, or sinus tissue during the surgery. The Houston Sinus Surgery team has years of experience performing minimally invasive sinus surgery and guarantees excellent outcomes with minimal complications.
What to expect during balloon sinuplasty
After a thorough physical exam, Dr. Yeung may recommend balloon sinuplasty with general or local anesthesia. The procedure involves tiny balloons that inflate to op up blocked veins. Once the anesthesia kicks in, your provider inserts a balloon catheter through your nostril and inflates the balloon to unblock the clogged sinus and enable it to restructure itself and normally drain again. The team irrigates the treatment site with saline solution to eliminate trapped pus and mucus. Afterward, they deflate and remove the balloon catheter and discharge you to resume your daily activities.
What to expect during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
FESS corrects structural abnormalities in your nose in addition to treating sinusitis. Dr. Yeung may recommend this surgery if your sinusitis is due to bone or excess tissue clogging your sinuses. The team at Houston Sinus Surgery offers FESS as an outpatient procedure, meaning you get to go home immediately after the procedure. They insert a catheter attached to a camera into your nostril to enable them to remove excess bone and tissue. During this procedure, your provider may also reduce enlarged obstructive turbinates or benign nasal polyps.
What to expect during recovery
After your treatment, your provider may use nasal packing to control bleeding. They may use absorbable packaging, which dissolves, or non-absorbable packaging that they may need to remove some time later. Your recovery timeline will depend on the surgery type and your health status. However, many patients report minimal discomfort after the treatment and can go home the same day. Your provider may prescribe pain medications to alleviate your discomfort. After surgery, you may also experience mild bleeding, fatigue, and nasal congestion. The team may provide aftercare instructions to help you through recovery and prevent infection.
Call the Houston Sinus Surgery office or book an appointment online for more information about sinus surgery.