Sinus infections can be a recurring nightmare, involving clogged airways, pressure, pain, and mucus. If you have experienced ongoing sinus issues, it could be time to look into permanent relief in the form of sinus surgery.
At his offices in Staten Island and Carnegie Hill, New York, Dr. Robert Guida routinely performs sinus surgery to restore normal breathing and eliminate many of the circumstances that lead to chronic sinus inflammation.
What causes sinus issues?
While allergies can cause you to sniffle, sneeze, and suffer through bouts of congestion, if allergy meds don’t offer relief, you could have structural sinus issues. A narrow sinus passage or a deviated septum can both cause recurrent sinus problems.
If you have ongoing sinus infections, you may be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Damaged tissues inside your nose, or polyps, can cause blockages that make it hard to breathe. You might also find that you snore a lot, and snore worse when you have a current infection.
Types of sinus surgery
Depending on the structure of your nasal cavities, Dr. Guida will recommend the right kind of surgery to relieve blockages and restore normal breathing. There are different surgeries that can help with chronic sinus pressure and pain.
Image-guided sinus surgery
This surgical procedure involves a tiny camera called an endoscope, which guides Dr. Guida as he carefully removes damaged tissues and clears your nasal passages. This kind of surgery can often help resolve snoring and sleep apnea issues as well as chronic sinusitis.
Deviated septum surgery
If the cartilage and bone that divides the left and right sides of your sinuses is crooked due to genetics or trauma, it can cause significant sinus issues. Dr. Guida repairs deviated septums and restores sinus cavities, so your nasal passages are open and straight.
Recovery after sinus surgery
After sinus surgery, you will be able to go back to regular activities within a week. Dr. Guida doesn’t “pack” the nose, so you will be fairly comfortable. Significant surgery, such as for a deviated septum, can mean your nasal passages swell shut for a few days, but medication will be prescribed to keep you comfortable. After the swelling subsides, you should be able to breathe freely.
Avoid smoking to help keep your nasal passages from becoming irritated, and use allergy medication when directed to prevent swelling and inflammation. Overall, your life after sinus surgery should be much improved, and your number of annual sinus infections can decrease sharply.
If you want to know more about sinus surgery and find out if it is right for you, call one of our New York offices or book an appointment online today.