Endoscopic Nasal & Sinus Surgery
Sinus surgery has changed dramatically in the past decade. At the Nasal & Sinus Center of Austin, we now routinely use balloon sinuplasty to fix sinus and nasal problems such as sinusitis in the office, which requires only light sedation. In many cases, our patients are back to work immediately after this procedure, saving thousands of dollars in hospital fees and missed days of work or school.
For more severe sinus and nasal problems, our unique minimally invasive endoscopic techniques greatly minimize the risk and discomfort often associated with traditional sinus surgery.
These techniques may be combined with rotating suction instruments that can remove nasal polyps without disrupting the normal lining. Powered sinus washing devices are then used to evacuate the infection and wash the sinus cavities with a topical antibiotic. If necessary, the sinus surgeon may also straighten the septum and reduce the size of the turbinates.
Using these techniques, we can perform nasal and sinus surgery without the need for any nasal packing – even in patients with the most severe cases. Endoscopic sinus surgery is a 45-minute outpatient procedure performed in the operating room or surgery center under general anesthesia. Patients go home the same day and have no bruising or change to their nasal appearance. There is minimal downtime, which means patients can resume their normal activities in a few days.
3-Dimensional Stereotactic CT Scan-Guided Sinus Surgery
To reduce the risks and improve the results of surgical therapy in the operating room, we can now perform 3-dimensional stereotactic guidance with tiny telescopes and balloons to dilate the blocked sinuses. This technology creates an image of your sinuses that moves with the surgeon as the instruments move.
This technique uses sophisticated 3D reconstruction of your CT scan to serve as a real-time guide during your sinus surgery. This innovative technique results in more accurate and complete sinus surgery with reduced risk of complications.
Our office has all of the advanced equipment to perform this 3D computer-guided image reconstruction for sinus surgery. Our specialty surgical center has the InstaTrak guidance system to utilize these 3D images. We can literally navigate real-time during the sinus surgery to limit our work to the target areas with pinpoint accuracy.
Visit the Nasal & Sinus Center of Austin to find out if you’re a candidate for endoscopic nasal and sinus surgery. One of our ENT surgeons will evaluate your condition and create an effective treatment plan. Request an appointment online or call us in Austin at (512) 339-4040 or in Lakeway at (512) 682-4798.