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What to Expect From an Endoscopic Surgery

Most people who suffer from the occasional sinus infection can successfully treat it with over-the-counter medications, saline rinses, nasal steroids, or antibiotics. But those who suffer from chronic sinus problems or sinusitis may need professional treatment to find lasting relief. Sinus pain can be a debilitating experience, especially for those who suffer from chronic sinus troubles. If you are experiencing chronic sinus problems, it may be time for you to consult with an experienced surgeon to learn about treatments that are available. Sinus surgery can offer an effective treatment for severe sinusitis and other sinus problems.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the swelling of the sinuses that causes nasal congestion and discomfort. Symptoms usually include pressure around the face, thick nasal drainage, congestion, blocked ears, a stuffy nose, coughing and more. Nasal blockage can be caused by a number of issues including allergies, polyps, viruses, deviated septum, just to name a few. Endoscopic surgery can remove any blockages in the sinus cavity, help alleviate chronic symptoms and reduce the number of infections you get. It can also help you breathe better through the nose.

Procedures

There are many different treatments that Dr. Kuperan can offer to provide long-term relief for your sinus problems.

  • In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty: the most minimally invasive procedure available to treat chronic sinus infections. The procedure is performed endoscopically through the nostril openings. The balloon is guided gently to dilate open the natural sinus drainage pathways. This procedure is a good choice for patients that suffer from mild sinus infections.
  • Clarifix Cryotherapy: a breakthrough cooling technology for treating frequent runny or stuffy nose, called Chronic Rhinitis. Chronic Rhinitis is caused by inflammation of the nasal lining, causing excessive mucus secretion, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and sneezing. The procedure is performed in office using a cryotherapy device, with little to no downtime. Patients report little to no pain and it is extremely effective.
  • Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Repair): this procedure is good for patients who suffer from nasal obstruction, or difficulty breathing through the nose caused by a deviated septum. A Septoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure done through the natural nostril openings using an endoscope and small instruments to repair the deviated septum. There is little recovery time and the procedure is highly effective.
  • Inferior Turbinate Reduction: another procedure that repairs nasal obstruction or difficulty breathing through the nose. An inferior turbinate reduction is a minimally invasive procedure done through the natural nostril openings using an endoscope and small instruments where the enlarged structure is reduced in size so you can breathe your best. Recovery time is minimal and there are no visible cuts, incisions, or changes in appearance. This procedure is highly effective.
  • Sinus Surgery: Sinus surgery can offer an effective treatment for severe sinusitis and other sinus problems. The goal of sinus surgery is to open the pathways by removing anything that might be blocking the sinuses. Things that may be blocking the pathways include damaged or swollen tissue, growths or tumors, mucous membranes, nasal polyps, or thin pieces of bone. Typically this surgery is performed endoscopically through the nostril openings. However, other access points may be used if the patient’s circumstances warrant it. Recovery is dependent upon the type of surgery performed. There is temporary, mild discomfort after surgery.
  • Revision Sinus Surgery: This surgery is for patients who have had previous sinus surgery, but still suffer from sinus infections. The first procedure may have been inadequate for the severity of the sinus disease, or the initial procedure was done incorrectly. The surgery is performed with an endoscope, guided through the nostril openings to remove diseased tissue and create large windows into the sinuses. There is limited recovery time and is the gold standard for treatment for chronic sinus infections.
  • Extended Frontal Sinus Surgery (Modified Lothrop Procedure): Patients who have undergone suboptimal initial frontal sinus surgery may require a modified Lothrop procedure to restore normal frontal sinus function. The procedure is performed endoscopically, with no visible cuts, incisions or changes in appearance. Recovery time is minimal and this is the best option for the treatment of chronic sinus infections.

Why Dr. Kuperan?

Every procedure is performed by Dr. Kuperan, who is one of the few fellowship certified sinus experts in all of Texas. All endoscopic surgeries are performed using the latest cutting edge technology and techniques at our state-of-the-art surgical center. Most doctors who perform sinus surgery are not fellowship certified and do not have the advanced sinus surgery experience to successfully perform these complex sinus surgeries. We offer first-class post-procedure recovery suites so you can wake up peacefully refreshed and get home quickly. If you are interested in more information regarding endoscopic sinus surgery, call (823) 720-NOSE or email us.

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