Sinus problems can manifest in a number of different ways and require surgical or minimally-invasive procedures such as balloon sinuplasty, septoplasty, or even rhinoplasty if the issues have become extensive. Beverly Oaks Surgery provides all of these procedures for sinus surgery in Los Angeles.
Balloon Sinuplasty and Chronic Sinusitis
Millions of adults each year suffer from a condition known as sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, the spaces filled with air surrounding the nasal cavity and located in other areas such as above or between the eyes. Usually this inflammation is a result of allergies or infection, although they can sometimes be caused by autoimmune disorders. Sinusitis affects about 24 million people in the United States each year.
Chronic sinusitis is an ongoing condition of pain and discomfort that lasts in excess of 12 weeks. Patients experience many symptoms including nasal congestion, facial pain, malaise, and dizziness among others. Many patients often try nasal sprays and other treatments without finding relief.
For those that have exhausted their options many turn to balloon sinuplasty at Beverly Oaks Surgery to find relief. This method involves the insertion of a small, flexible balloon catheter into the sinus that is inflamed in order to increase the size of the opening, which allows a saline solution to be used to flush out the cavity. The skilled Otolaryngologists at Beverly Oaks Surgery can perform this procedure simply and effectively.
Septoplasty and Deviated Septum
The condition known as a deviated septum means that the bone and cartilage that separates the two nostrils is displaced to one side. This condition makes it difficult to breath and can also contribute to nosebleeds as a result of the airway being blocked.
Septoplasty is the surgical procedure that can be used to correct the deviation of the septum. In this procedure the septum is repositioned so that both airways are equally clear through the excision and realignment of the bone and cartilage. This may require temporarily stabilizing the septum using small, internal plastic tubes, splints, or sutures.
Although this method requires general anesthesia, very few patients experience any complications associated with the surgery. There is a small risk of excess bleeding during the recovery period, but this typically only occurs in about 1% of patients. Though recovery time will vary you can expect recovery to take a few weeks.
While rhinoplasty is typically utilized for cosmetic purposes, nasal reconstruction can be necessary as a result of deformities that not only affect the appearance of the nose but also the functionality of the sinuses and nose as well. There are many different types of rhinoplasty and finding the one that will best suit your needs can be achieved through a consultation with our surgeons.
Consult our surgical specialists today to start breathing easy in 2013.