This surgery uses small instruments to examine the inside of the sinuses and widen a blocked or narrowed opening.
The sinuses are air-filled spaces located behind the forehead, nasal bones, cheeks and eyes.
Nasal endoscopy is an examination of the inside of the nose and sinuses. It is done by placing a special catheter through the nose into the sinuses. After the sinuses are examined, a special catheter is placed in a narrowed or blocked area of the sinus. Then a small balloon at the end of the catheter is inflated. This is called a sinuplasty.
A sinuplasty may be recommended If you have repeated sinus infections that do not respond to medical treatments. However, a sinuplasty is not effective in certain situations, such as:
Sinuplasty can be done in an office, hospital or ambulatory surgery center (ASC). During the procedure, you will receive some type of anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
Special packing or splints may be placed inside your nose to help it heal properly. Your healthcare provider will let you know when to have them removed. The area where the balloon was inflated may be sore and bleed for a few days.
Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before and after the surgery. These may include:
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