Sinus surgery may be the best option when symptoms of chronic sinusitis cannot be fully resolved with medications. Sinus surgery is drastically different and much more tolerable to patients now than it was decades ago. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat is proud to offer in-office, minimally invasive procedures that provide lasting relief of sinus symptoms with a very short recovery time. These procedures have proved to be highly effective and provide immediate relief for many of our patients.
CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was the first practice in the Charlotte region to offer in-office balloon sinuplasty. During this procedure, a small balloon is inserted into the sinus drainage passage (osium) and inflated to open the sinus passage and relieve obstruction. This allows subsequent daily topical medical therapy to treat the original cause of the chronic sinusitis and also for the natural secretions of the lining of the sinus to properly drain out of the sinus.
In-office balloon sinuplasty is not recommended for all patients, including those with a history of severe chronic sinusitis, extreme nasal septum deviation, or moderate or severe nasal polyposis. In those cases, a more traditional endoscopic, minimally invasive surgical procedure would be recommended to correct the anatomic obstruction and restore the normal flow of healthy mucus. This procedure should make breathing easier and allow patients to easily use topical medications to block the original source of inflammation. These procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis and require no packing.
A Different Kind Of Sinus Surgery
For many patients, surgery may be the next step in finding effective relief of chronic sinus problems, but patients are concerned about the recovery and pain associated with traditional sinus surgery. Fortunately, CornerStone Sinus & Allergy Center offers an outpatient surgery option that is nothing like sinus surgery of old. We use only techniques that are focused, delicate, and effective.
Sinus Surgery At CornerStone Sinus & Allergy Center
- Outpatient procedure that takes about an hour
- No packing required
- Most patients breathe better through their nose right away
- Post-op pain is mild
- Patients typically return to normal activity in 3 to 4 days
- Appropriate for patients as young as 4 years old
Sinus Problems – When to See an ENT
Sinus problems can be frustrating because they are so common and can have multiple causes. If you have prolonged sinus symptoms, it is important to be examined by an ear, nose, and throat specialist to determine the best course of treatment – request an appointment today.