Your sinuses are the open, hollow areas within your skull that are connected to your nasal cavities. When these sinuses are blocked, it can cause a condition known as sinusitis. Endoscopic sinus surgery—or sinoscopy—is a procedure used to clear blocked sinus and treat sinusitis. Dr. Paine can perform endoscopic sinus surgery to help alleviate facial pain or breathing problems associated with blocked or obstructed sinuses.
What Is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become swollen and cause nasal airway obstruction. This can impair a person’s breathing and often causes facial pain and pressure. Men and women born with a partially obstructed airway are more likely to have sinus infections and struggle with sinusitis.
Your chances of developing sinusitis can increase with age and may worsen after an initial sinus infection. Seeking professional treatment early on can help to correct the problem and keep it from worsening.
Should You Consider Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
Endoscopic sinus surgery helps to treat sinusitis and minimize the chances of nasal infection by clearing the airways and allowing mucus to properly drain. This procedure may be right for you if you are facing problems such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Facial pain or pressure
- Sinus headaches
- Poor sense of taste or smell
- Nasal polyps
During your consultation, Dr. Paine will carefully observe your condition to determine if endoscopic sinus surgery is the right procedure for you. Some of these same symptoms can be the result of an allergic reaction, which will require different treatment.
The Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Procedure
Dr. Paine will use an endoscope—a thin, lit telescoping surgical camera—to view your underlying facial structure without having to lift the skin. The endoscope is inserted in through the nose in order to access the sinuses. Dr. Paine will then be able to identify what is causing the nasal obstruction. Next, using specialized surgical instruments in combination with the endoscope, Dr. Paine will carefully correct the underlying problem without ever having to cut through the skin.
After Your Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
You will be able to return home the day of your sinoscopy with little to no downtime. Roughly 80 to 90 percent of patients who undergo this procedure experience a significant improvement of their symptoms.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for endoscopic sinus surgery with West Virginia ENT specialist and board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. A. James Paine, Jr.