Austin ENT Associates
Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists & Audiology located in Round Rock, TX
A chronic or persistent sinus problem may make breathing more difficult. When medications fail to alleviate your symptoms, it may be time to consider sinus surgery. At Austin ENT Associates in Round Rock, Texas, the team of ear, nose, and throat specialists includes experts in sinus surgery. The experienced team uses the most up-to-date tools and techniques so you get the best outcomes. To schedule a sinus surgery consultation, call or request an appointment online today.
Sinus Surgery Q & A
Who needs sinus surgery?
Your sinuses are air-filled cavities in your face that produce mucus to help keep your nose moist. The mucus produced by your sinuses also traps the dust, dirt, and germs you inhale when you breathe in through your nose.
Part of your immune system, your sinuses are also susceptible to inflammation and swelling that may lead to sinus problems.
When you visit Austin ENT Associates for a sinus consultation, the team conducts an in-depth evaluation to determine the best treatment for you. In most cases, surgery is only recommended after conservative treatments like medication fail to alleviate symptoms.
Some of the sinus disorders that benefit from surgical intervention include:
- Chronic sinusitis
- Damaged sinus tissue
- Polyps, or benign growths
- Structural abnormality that affects sinus drainage
The goal of sinus surgery is to improve the structure and function of your sinus cavity so you can breathe better.
What are the types of sinus surgery?
Austin ENT Associates is a state-of-the-art ear, nose, and throat practice that uses the most advanced tools and techniques to perform sinus surgery.
Types of sinus surgery include:
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
During FESS, your surgeon inserts a nasal endoscope through one of your nostrils. An endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera attached that allows your surgeon to see inside your sinus cavity.
Your surgeon then inserts small instruments through the same nostril to perform the necessary procedure.
FESS is often combined with image-guided surgery to improve visibility and minimize tissue removal.
A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive sinus procedure the team at Austin ENT Associates performs at the office.
During the procedure, your surgeon inserts a balloon-tipped catheter through your nostril to your sinus cavity. Your surgeon inflates the balloon, which gently restructures the tissue and widens the passageway.
Nasal endoscopy for cerebrospinal fluid leak
With a cerebrospinal fluid leak, the fluid that surrounds and protects your brain leaks into your sinus cavity. When medical treatments fail to stop the leak, the team at Austin ENT Associates performs a minimally invasive nasal endoscopy to stop it.
How long is recovery following sinus surgery?
Recovery following sinus surgery depends on the type of surgery performed, your need for surgery, and your overall health.
When possible, the ear, nose, and throat specialists at Austin ENT Associates use minimally invasive techniques to reduce your recovery time. In general, recovery following sinus surgery may take 1-3 weeks.
To schedule a sinus surgery consultation at Austin ENT Associates, call the office or book an appointment online today.