Sinus Surgery in Tampa and Spring Hill, FL
Sinus surgery is one of the many advanced treatments available at Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists. The procedure reduces common problems associated with chronic sinusitis. By offering sinus surgery to the residents of Tampa, Spring Hill and surrounding towns in Florida, our board-certified Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeons give men, women, adolescents and children improved quality of life and much-needed relief.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Relief from Sinus Pain
Countless patients deal with chronic sinus discomfort every single day. The condition not only affects one’s quality of life, but also decreases performance at school and work. Also referred to as sinusitis, inflammation of the nasal cavity may be treated with traditional therapy and over-the-counter medication in some instances, but some patients will need to undergo endoscopic sinus surgery for long-term relief.
The sinuses are four pairs of cavities that are located just behind the eyes and nose that are vital to the respiratory process. When the cavities are infected and no longer drain properly, you will feel discomfort, and your breathing could be affected. Patients that fail to treat their chronic sinusitis may increase their risk of other medical problems such as asthma.
Some common symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Congestion of the nasal cavities
- Pressure behind the eyes and nose
- Chronic coughing
Clearing the larger sinus is relatively simple, but doing so does not always address the root causes of sinusitis. The disease often originates in the smaller cavities behind the primary cavity. With the invention of endoscopic technologies, treating tissue in advanced stages of the disease is now possible.
An endoscope is a small tube that is fitted with a viewing apparatus and a light to examine the nasal cavities and passages leading into the naval cavities. The physician then removes diseased tissue and any blockage to restore ventilation and proper breathing.
Endoscopic surgery is not 100% effective in every single patient, but modern studies have shown that it can improve a number of sinusitis symptoms such as:
- Nasal discharge
- A constant bad odor in the nose
- Frequent headaches
- Chronic facial pain
- Lingering coughs
In addition to more thorough and precise sinus care, other benefits include:
- A quicker recovery with better air flow
- Immediate relief from these symptoms
- Fewer medical complications including less bleeding
- The option to perform sinus surgery in an outpatient care center
- Less healthy tissue being removed
Examination and Recommendation
Any patients that are considering endoscopic surgery must have a full examination including an x-ray and the possibility of a CT (computer tomography) scan. If the physician deems that you are a good candidate for endoscopic surgery after this evaluation, then they will give you an in-depth explanation of the procedure before setting a time and date.
The Surgical Procedure
Patients that are preparing for endoscopic surgery are given written instructions in the weeks prior to the procedure. Endoscopic surgery is an outpatient treatment that is done under general anesthesia. Because general anesthesia is used for the procedure, you must refrain from taking any painkillers 10 to 14 days before the procedure. Patients with any questions whatsoever should contact us immediately.
Two of the best aftercare options include hot showers and over-the-counter painkillers. Most patients will experience some discomfort, bleeding, and discharge for 24 to 48 hours after the surgery. The discharge may include mucus, blood, clear liquid, or dark and older blood. If over-the-counter painkillers are not sufficient, you may be given the option of using prescription painkillers.
A small percentage of patients do experience mild swelling around their eyes for one to two days following the surgery. Most describe this as a feeling of being congested or having a cold. A fever of 101° F or lower, also referred to as a low-grade fever, is another common side effect of any surgery. These symptoms can generally be managed with Tylenol and by increasing your liquid intake to loosen secretions.
Sinus Windows and Relief from a Child’s Chronic Sinus Problems
Detecting some of these issues in children can be more difficult as the child may not be able to accurately describe their discomfort. Chronic sinus infections in children often result in tenderness around their face, nightly coughs, chronic headaches, being constantly tired, and a postnasal drip. If this is the case, then the child may benefit from an antrostomy. This is the process of creating a small opening leading into the sinus for better drainage.
The symptoms of a sinus infection can be immediately noticeable or very subtle and difficult to pinpoint. Unfortunately, sinus infections remain one of the most frequently diagnosed medical conditions and should be treated as quickly as possible. A sinus x-ray may be able to help us detect any infections that are not allowing the sinuses to drain properly. This may be caused by an infection anywhere in or around the four primary cavities behind the child’s nose and eyes.
Some symptoms of sinus disorders include:
- Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
- A drip in the back of their throat/postnasal drip
- Chronic headaches
- Difficulty breathing
- Pressure behind the eyes or nose
When a child has to be repeatedly treated for sinus infections, then it may be time to consider more comprehensive options to attack the underlying problems. The first step taken is to clear away any mucus, blood, or other fluid that has accumulated in the cavity. Clearing the sinus cavity is done by creating a small “window” in the sinus so that it may drain. This small window is made in the thinnest part of the bone surrounding the cavity and carried out within the nose to prevent any scarring.
After draining, these windows will often remain open for six months or longer. As long as the windows remain open, the child will have fewer breathing complications.
The Surgical Procedure
Much like the procedure for adults, a sinus window procedure for children will often require a recovery of four to seven days with the most severe side effects felt in the first 24 to 48 hours. After examining your child, we can explain how this process works and begin offering you advice on pre-op and post-op care. This is an outpatient procedure that is carried out under general anesthesia and parents should never hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Immediately following the antrostomy, the child may need to stay in the office for a short period of time and have the gauze under their nose changed periodically. If there are no complications and the bleeding has slowed down, then the child will be free to go home. Once home, children should be encouraged to drink fluids and rest completely for two days. During this period, they will most likely experience intermittent bleeding and draining. If the bleeding becomes extreme, please contact us immediately.
Most children will be able to begin playing around the second day and get back to school within four to seven days. For at least two weeks, they should avoid sneezing and blowing their nose. If they feel that they must sneeze, they should do so with an open mouth to prevent excess pressure. A follow-up examination should take place within three to four weeks after the procedure. If you would like to explore your options for treating a sinus infection, please contact us today for an appointment.
Sinus surgery is recommended for patients with chronic sinusitis, a condition that affects breathing and causes a range of other symptoms. If you are interested in learning more about sinus surgery at Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists, contact our Tampa and Spring Hill office.