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Doctor insights on: Balloon Sinus Surgery Complications

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Sinus (Definition)

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


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What is the difference between endoscopic sinus surgery and a balloon sinuplasty? (for chronic sinusitis)

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

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I was wondering what are common complications for sinus surgery?

I was wondering what are common complications for sinus surgery?

Uncommon: If they were common, that surgery would not be performed. That said, the risks really depend on which sinuses are treated surgically and with which surgical technique. Overall, it has become a low risk surgery. Talk to a surgeon. ...Read more

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What are common complications during a sinus surgery?

What are common complications during a sinus surgery?

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

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What complications can occur by blowing my nose after sinus surgery?

What complications can occur by blowing my nose after sinus surgery?

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

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How long does it take to recover from sinus surgery?

How long does it take to recover from sinus surgery?

Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medication. Unlike other surgical procedures used to treat sinusitis, with balloon sinuplasty, the surgeon does not remove bone or tissue from the nasal area. It’s a less invasive alternative to typical sinus surgeries. The recovery period is usually only a few days, compared to a few weeks. ...Read more

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What is recovery from sinus surgery like?

What is recovery from sinus surgery like?

Sinus surgery: Recovery/ reduced swelling in one to two weeks. ...Read more

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How fast is recovery after sinus surgery?

How fast is recovery after  sinus surgery?

1 week: Depends who does your surgery and how it's done and how much work is required. For example with balloon sunuplasty, my patients are back at work the next day. My endoscopic sinus surgery patients are back at work in 4-5 days. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does it take to recover from sinus surgery?

See below: If it was not balloon sinus surgery, then generally 5 days to a week if you had septoplasty as well. Some people recover sooner and some later. it depends on the extent of surgery, tolerance to pain etc. One caution: You will need to keep it light (no heavy lifting, light activity) for several weeks ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Sinus Surgery (Definition)

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