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Balloon Sinus Surgery Complications
In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more
What is the difference between endoscopic sinus surgery and a balloon sinuplasty? (for chronic sinusitis)
Sinus Surgery: Balloon sinuplasty - minimally invasive technique, uses a small balloon inflated to widen blocked passages, generally has less bleeding and shorter recovery time. Endoscopic sinus surgery - uses a small camera to visually examined the sinuses. Tiny surgical instruments inserted to remove obstructive tissues, does not require any incision as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. ...Read more
I'm having the ballon sinus surgery next week. I have constant ear fullness and head presure. Also some lightheadness. Will the surgery help this?
May help: If all your symptoms are caused by sinus disease then your surgical procedure mey help. ...Read more
Safe surgery: When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms. Risks are low but include: scarring, anesthetic complications, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, pain, voice changes, reduced smell, and nasal obstruction. Extremely rare complications in skilled hands include injury to the eye/brain injury, CSF spinal fluid leak, blindness, and death. ...Read more
Be careful!: Blowing your nose within 10 days of sinus surgery can cause bleeding. There is also a remote chance of pushing air into your eye socket. Bleeding is the biggest risk. ...Read more
May vary greatly: There are many options for is us surgery taut may involve pre or intraoperative imaging mapping or imaging as well as a variety of approaches including the use of an endoscope. It is best to discuss he nature of your specific surgery of your surgery with your surgeon. In general, the goal of surgery is to provide adequate drainage. ...Read more
Depends on type: Recovery depends a lot on what you're having done and who is doing it. Typically in my patients overnight they have some sponge in their nose, that sponge comes out the next day and they feel "better". It can usually takes a few days after that until they are up and around and then a week until I have my patients at full activity including blowing their nose and exercising. ...Read more
Stay propped up:
You can use ice on your nose for 24 hours, use afrin for bleeding, nasal saline spray, stay propped up, watch for any complication (as per your doctor instructions, namely eye complication, brain complication, severe headache etc).
Also, you can change your drip pad if you had one routinely. If too much bleeding, contact your doctor, go to ED. ...Read more
Wouldn't recommend: After any kind of surgery, even sinus surgery, you want to avoid doing anything that will increase your blood pressure. This restriction is recommended until after you have seen your surgeon in follow-up. After your first follow up visit, your surgeon should let you know whether or not you can increase your activities. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. The reason you had sinus surgery was to make your sinuses and your nose better. After surgery it takes a while for the sinuses and nose to function normally and part of that is for them to become self-cleaning. The way they clean themselves is with cilia and this cilia is damaged by cigarette smoke. You significantly decrease success of surgery by smoking. ...Read more
Depends: If you are asking what it would cost to pay for the procedure in cash without insurance you have to factor in three fees. First the surgeon anywhere from 2, 000 to 30, 000 or more, then the facility 5, 000 to 50, 000 and anesthesia 1, 000 to 10, 000. New york city will be extremely expensive whereas south dakota would be much less. When paying cash make sure to shop around. ...Read more
Preauricular Sinus: By "preauricular sinus", I presume that means you have a small hole or pit in front of your ear with a draining opening or a swelling around the opening. This is not a dangerous condition, but can be associated with occasional swelling, drainge, and occasionally, infection. The surgery to remove the sinus is usually very simple, depending upon how long the sinus tract is. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Probably fine: It should be okay, but you might enjoy it more if you wait a few days until the site has healed. Certainly keep the area clean and be gentle. If you do masturbate and it feels bad, give it some more time - just be patient - it won't take too long. Have fun! ...Read more
FESS: Hello, it depends on your history, ct findings, nasal endoscopic examination and what therapies have failed. You need to make sure the surgeon has good results with extensive experience. Be sure you are well informed and all your questions were addressed. In the right hands, it is a very successful surgery. Also discuss a possible balloon sinuplasty. That option may be as successful. ...Read more
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Not really: May have some blood clots for a few days after sinus surgery, it's all normal. ...Read more
NO: Endoscopic means that they will take a thin tube with a camera and do it that way. Usually no scars or change in appearance. It is minimally invasive and usually has suction and other tools to do the procedure. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more
Minimally invasive: Endoscopic sinus surgery means using a telescope with a camera to look in the nose while doing surgery. It makes the surgery safer and easier. ...Read more
About 2 to 3 weeks: Endoscopic sinus surgery associated with a septoplasty takes about 2 to 3 weeks to heal. The healing process is dependent on the extent of the pathology in your sinuses and the extent of the surgical procedure. Your sinus surgeon will have the answers to your questions. ...Read more
Tell your surgeon: If you haven't already, you need to discuss this with your surgeon. Headaches can occur following any operation including endoscopic sinus surgery. There are certain things about sinus surgery which can lead to obstruction and headaches or persistent infection. If you have discussed this with your doctor and you're not getting anywhere seek a second opinion. ...Read more
No: The olfactory nerve is in the superior part of the nasal mucosa. It you had massive nasal polyposis, it is possible that some of the disease process may have been very high up in those nose and the olfactory nerve fibers may have been injured. So it depends on the pathology that was present in your nose and how high up the rhinologist operated. It may resolve over time. ...Read more
Low risk: It is extremely unlikely that a generally healthy patient having minor surgery would die from general anesthesia performed by trained clinicians with access to modern medication and equipment. It is so unlikely that we are not sure of the exact risk, but we think it is 1 in 250000 anesthetics. ...Read more
Irrigate/followup: Deviated septum and sinus surgery have come a long way over the past decade. Now most patients don't need packing and don't get bruised or swollen on the outside. But it important to follow instructions and not strain or do strenuous activities for a few weeks after surgery. Irrigate with saline regularly and keep your followup appointments so your surgeon can make sure you heal properly. ...Read more
Yes, definitely: Surgery is usually a last resort for anything. If you had bad enough disease that you needed surgery, you should commit to a lifestyle that prevents recurrence of the problem. Smoking significantly increases the risk of issues of the respiratory tract in addition to the myriad of other horrible problems it can cause. Smoking most certainly can affect your sinuses negatively. ...Read more
In what way?: Suffering from nasal congestion? Most patients need to continue to use steroid nasal sprays, and are helped by saline nasal irrigations with something like a neilmed sinurinse bottle. Recurrent infections? Sinus surgery won't prevent you from getting colds during cold and flu season. Go see your surgeon and discuss your concerns, and be very specific about what is troubling you. ...Read more
What are the chances of my 22 month old son having to stay in the hospital overnight after sinus surgery?
My sinus surgery was Wednesday when can I take the bandages off my nose it's irritating my nose and face.
What is the average cost of outpatient sinus surgery done under general anesthesia in sacramento, ca area?
In simplest terms, sinus surgery is defined as making openings through the nasal passages and the four, paired sinuses on each side of the nose, bigger. This may include straightening a crooked (deviated) septum, reducing the size of the nasal turbinates, and making the openings (ostia) larger, using by means of a drill with a very small bit that removes bone ...Read more