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Sinus Surgery opens up airways in the sinuses, so you can breathe better.

Some patients respond to medication for their chronic sinusitis. If you don’t respond to medicine, you may benefit from endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) and balloon sinus dilation (BSD).

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ESS and BSD improve drainage and air flow, ultimately reducing the number of sinus infections, enhancing your sense of smell and helping with chronic sinusitis symptoms.

With ESS, there are no incisions–your ENT doctor will insert a thin camera rod with a light at the end into your nostril and remove any blockages with special tools, widening the sinus opening. In most cases, you may go home the same day.

With BSD, ENT surgeons use a balloon catheter to expand the sinus openings to allow air to circulate and mucus to drain. BSD can expand the sinus outflow tracts; however, it cannot remove inflamed tissue or polyps to treat the inflammation.

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There are different types of sinus surgery.

When your doctor recommends sinus surgery, the objective is to open blocked passages, wash out infected material, and keep enough healthy tissue so that your nose and sinuses can function better.

Types of sinus surgery include:

Functional endoscopic surgery

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Functional endoscopic surgery

Functional endoscopic surgery is one of the most common surgical methods to treat chronic sinusitis. Your doctor will use a magnifying endoscope to see and remove affected tissue and bone.

Turbinate reduction surgery

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Turbinate reduction surgery

In turbinate reduction surgery, your doctor will insert a needle-like instrument into the turbinate (small structures in the nose that cleanse and humidify air) to allow for better airflow. It’s about a 10-minute, in-office procedure.

Balloon sinuplasty

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Balloon sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure in which your doctor will expand the sinus opening with a small balloon and clear blocked passageways.


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If you have a deviated septum (space between your 2 nostrils), your doctor may perform a septoplasty to correct the shape or straighten it.

Like all surgeries, sinus surgery does come with some risk, although serious complications aren’t common. Follow your doctor’s instructions to minimize any potential issues.

PROPEL Sinus surgery stents

Keeping your sinuses open so they can heal is key.

Your ENT doctor may consider PROPEL sinus stent. The PROPEL sinus stent is placed following sinus surgery to promote healing and reduce the need for additional procedures.

Its unique shape conforms to the sinus opening, delivering medicine directly to the sinus to reduce inflammation that could block the opening. As the sinus heals and opens, PROPEL dissolves within 45 days.

It shouldn’t take long to get back to your normal activities.

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Rest and avoid any activities that could raise your blood pressure for 5 to 7 days

Keep tissues

Keep tissues moist with saline sprays and treat with special pain relief medications and corticosteroids

Blowing your nose

Avoid blowing your nose for 4-7 days after surgery

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Find an ENT specialist in your area to help with chronic sinusitis treatment

Intersect ENT makes information available about physicians who can provide the PROPEL Sinus Stent. Physicians are listed based on the proximity to the zip code that you entered. Intersect ENT does not have any vested interest in any specific physicians, nor do we provide any recommendation, assurance, or guarantee with respect to their service. Intersect ENT does not endorse, recommend, certify, or make any expressed or implied warranty with respect to the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any of these physicians.

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