Tiny telescopes called endoscopes revolutionised nasal and sinus surgery by letting the rhinologists or sinus surgeons ‘observe’ the insides of nasal and sinus passages. Newer advances – such as the balloon dilating catheter and its adaptation to sinus surgery – are improving sinus surgeries’ effectiveness and accuracy.
There are two ways of using the balloon dilating catheter: –
- Like any other instrument or tool used during functional endoscopic sinus surgery where it is employed as a minimally invasive tool during a tissue removal procedure.
- Like a stand-alone procedure where only the balloon (no other instrumentation) is used to open a sinus and no tissue is actually removed from the level of the sinus opening.
- Chronic sinusitis
Why this surgery?
For treating chronic sinusitis that has shown an insufficient response to long-term medical management including antibiotic courses.
Treating chronic sinusitis that has shown an insufficient response to long-term medical management including antibiotic courses.
Know more about Baloon Sinuplasty Surgery
- If the patient is on any blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, omega 3 and/or vitamin E, they should stop their intake at least a week before the surgery.
- Till the preceding night of the surgery, duly take all medications prescribed by the ENT surgeon.
- The patient will have to abstain from smoking and drinking alcohol, 3-4 weeks prior to the surgery.
- Medications prescribed for heart, asthma, seizures, or high blood pressure can be taken on the morning of surgery.
- Pain medication is to be taken after surgery.
- Diet will be as instructed by the doctor.
- Take rest and avoid excessive activity on the day of the procedure. Light exercise is allowed for one week following the procedure.
- Some bleeding is expected for a day or two after surgery. Change the dressing as needed. If there is excessive bleeding, visit the doctor.
- Mucous drainage is normal post-surgery. Please wait for at least 12 hours to blow nose.
- it is normal to have a ‘stuffy’ feeling in the nose for 1 week after the surgery.
- The patient must use the prescribed nasal sprays as instructed by the doctor.
The patient should make a follow up appointment for 2 weeks after the surgery unless otherwise instructed.
- Bleeding: Some degree of bleeding is expected in nasal surgeries for a few days.
- The patient can experience nasal, cheek, or forehead tenderness.
- Can cause nasal congestion
- There is a risk of developing an infection, usually from a failure to properly cleanse the sinuses after surgery.
- In very rare case, sinuplasty has been reported to cause more severe symptoms, like damage to the structures that separate the brain from the sinuses.
- Another rare complication is that Sinuplasty can affect an individual’s sense of smell, and the appearance of their nose.
Why Dr Rao’s ENT?
World Class Technology
- Acclarent Balloon Sinuplasty System – It is effective and less invasive and also enables faster patient recovery