Our clinics in Houston offer endoscopic sinus surgery options to help with chronic breathing problems.
Patients diagnosed with chronic sinusitis or nasal tumors may be treated with endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS).
ESS is a minimally invasive surgery that uses small 4 mm telescopes to open up the sinuses through the nostrils. No external incisions are necessary.
Prior to surgery, a CT scan of the sinuses must be performed to determine the individual anatomy of the patient’s sinuses and the extent of the surgery.
A special type of CT scan using image guidance protocol can produce sufficient image data that can be loaded onto a specialized computer system that is used in the operating room. This system allows instruments to be tracked during the surgery, mapping them onto the CT scan in real time much like a GPS system, providing an added level of safety to the surgical procedure.
ESS is performed mostly in the operating room and causes only mild discomfort in the post-operative period, including pressure in face, nasal drainage, and nasal dryness.
Balloon sinuplasty is a special type of ESS in which a small balloon is inserted into the individual sinus openings and then dilated to enlarge them. The balloon is then removed. This can be performed in the operating room or in the office under local anesthesia.