Sinus Surgery Information

Your sinus surgery specialist will prescribe many medications (antibiotics, decongestants, nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines) and procedures (flushing) for treating acute sinusitis. There are occasions when the sinus surgery physician and patient find that the infections are recurrent and/or non-responsive to the medication. (Further medication damages your immune system even more.)

When this occurs, sinus surgery to enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses is one option. The simple proven solution is to use a non sinus surgery treatment that destroys sinus bacteria without damaging your immune system.

A recommendation for sinus surgery in the early 20th century would easily alarm the patient. In that era, the surgeon would have to perform an invasive procedure, reaching the sinuses by entering through the cheek area, often resulting in scarring and possible disfigurement. Today, these concerns have been eradicated with the latest advances in medicine. A trained surgeon can now treat sinusitis with minimal discomfort (to the surgeon), a brief convalescence, and few complications.

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A clinical history of the patient will be created before any sinus surgery is performed. A careful diagnostic workup is necessary to identify the underlying cause of acute or chronic sinusitis, which is often found in the anterior ethmoid area, where the maxillary and frontal sinuses connect with the nose. This may necessitate a sinus computed tomography (CT) scan (without contrast), nasal physiology (rhinomanometry and nasal cytology), smell testing, and selected blood tests to determine an operative strategy. Note: Sinus X–rays have limited utility in the diagnosis of acute sinusitis and are of no value in the evaluation of chronic sinusitis and sinus surgery.

There are literally hudreds of natural treatments. A natural health practitioner can assess your ear, nose and throat condition and recommend treatments that match your constitution. Ear, nose and throat treatments may include herbal medicine, anti-inflammatory enzymes, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy or chiropractic.

However, it will help you to remember this.
Ear, nose and throat problems are usually caused by bacteria growing in your head.

Kill the bacteria and you will solve the problem. However, antibiotics help destroy your immune system leaving you wide open to further problems.
The simple proven solution is to use a non sinus surgery treatment that destroys the bacteria without damaging your immune system. This can even be used in conjunction with conventional drugs.

Sinus Surgery Options

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS): Developed in the 1950s, the nasal endoscope has revolutionized sinus surgery. In the past, the surgical strategy was to remove all sinus mucosa from the major sinuses. The use of an endoscope is linked to the theory that the best way to obtain normal healthy sinuses is to open the natural pathways to the sinuses. Once an improved drainage system is achieved, the diseased sinus mucosa has an opportunity to return to normal.

FESS involves the insertion of the endoscope, a very thin fiber-optic tube, into the nose for a direct visual examination of the openings into the sinuses. With state of the art micro-telescopes and instruments, abnormal and obstructive tissues are then removed. In the majority of cases, the surgical procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving no external scars. There is little swelling and only mild discomfort with this sinus surgery.

The advantage of the procedure is that this sinus surgery is less extensive, there is often less removal of normal tissues, and can frequently be performed on an outpatient basis. After the operation, the patient will sometimes have nasal packing. Ten days after the procedure, nasal irrigation may be recommended to prevent crusting.

Image Guided Sinus Surgery
The sinuses are physically close to the brain, the eye, and major arteries, always areas of concern when a fiber optic tube is inserted into the sinus region. The growing use of a new technology, image guided endoscopic surgery, is alleviating that concern. This type of surgery may be recommended for severe forms of chronic sinusitis, in cases when previous sinus surgery has altered anatomical landmarks, or where a patient’s sinus anatomy is very unusual, making typical surgery difficult.

Image guidance is a near-three-dimensional mapping system that combines computed tomography (CT) scans and real-time information about the exact position of surgical instruments using infrared signals. In this way, surgeons can navigate their surgical instruments through complex sinus passages and provide surgical relief more precisely. Image guidance uses some of the same stealth principles used by the United States armed forces to guide bombs to their target.

Caldwell Luc Operation
Another option is the Caldwell-Luc operation, which relieves chronic sinusitis by improving the drainage of the maxillary sinus, one of the cavities beneath the eye. The maxillary sinus is entered through the upper jaw above one of the second molar teeth. A “window” is created to connect the maxillary sinus with the nose, thus improving drainage. The operation is named after American physician George Caldwell and French laryngologist Henry Luc. This sinus surgery is most often performed when a malignancy is present in the sinus cavity.

Sinus Surgery is always risky. Explore the alternatives before committing to surgery. First you could consider using a simple proven solution, a sinusitis treatment that destroys the bacteria and instantly relieves pain, without damaging your immune system.

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