The goal of nasal and sinus surgery is to remove infections, growths, injury, or congenital abnormalities in the sinus or nasal cavities to promote drainage and prevent problems like sinusitis, or sinus infections.
Types of sinus and nasal surgeries include removal of infected, swollen or damaged tissues, reconstruction of bone to create wider openings for drainage, removal or polyps and other growths or abnormalities.
Surgery may be the best option for those with chronic or recurring sinusitis that have failed medical management.
If you suspect sinus blockage or abnormalities that are causing chronic or recurrent sinusitis, contact us at (479) 750-2080 to discuss your treatment options.
The septum is the bone and cartilage that separates the nostrils. A deviated septum is a condition in which the septum is significantly crooked or off center. In general, a person is born with a deviated septum, but sometimes it is caused by trauma or injury to the face. A deviated septum can cause difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, headache and snoring. Surgery is required to fix this condition.
An endoscopy, also called endoscopic surgery, is a procedure in which the doctor operates on internal organs and vessels via natural body openings. Examples include bronchoscopy (lung procedure) and laryngoscopy (larynx, or voice box, procedure) wherein the doctor inserts a scope through the mouth or nose to operate.
Since the nose protrudes from the face and is made of thin bone and cartilage, it’s no surprise that it is the most commonly broken facial bone. A broken nose is usually obvious due to bleeding, swelling, bruising on both the nose and around the eyes and visible caving of the nasal structure. It can also affect your ability to breathe. Minor breaks and nondisplaced fractures will heal on their own, but more severe breaks may require resetting and/or surgery.
Nasal reconstruction surgery can correct a deviated septum, a nasal fracture, congenital abnormalities and tumors or growths. A doctor can reconstruct the nose’s skin, bone, cartilage lining and overall structure with relatively minor surgery. The procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia.
Rhinoplasty is a specific nasal reconstruction procedure that is usually elective and performed for cosmetic purposes. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. The doctor lifts the skin to reshape, remove or rearrange the bone and cartilage, then replaces the skin back in place.
Turbinoplasty is another type of nasal surgery. Turbinates are long, thin bones in the nose that direct airflow into the nasal cavity. Sometimes turbinates are large and block airflow, making it difficult to breathe. Turbinoplasty is a surgery wherein parts of the turbinates are removed to allow airflow. This procedure is recommended for those with chronically swollen turbinates.