Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is the widely accepted, preferred method of surgical treatment for those patients with chronic sinus symptoms. Illumination, magnification, and variations in viewing angles made possible with the endoscope have provided head and neck surgeons with excellent visualization of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. Computer-assisted sinus surgery is routinely used. The Instatrack guidance system allows for greater precision and safety, as well as improved results in certain cases. Surgeons who are experienced in this technique are reporting steady success rates for the treatment of chronic sinusitis in both adults and children. The CT scan is present in the operating room during the procedure as a continuous reference for the surgeon during the endoscopic surgery.
Septal reconstruction, also known as septoplasty, is the name given to a procedure in which obstructive, structural deformities of the nasal septum are corrected. The septum is the dividing wall between the two nasal cavities. It is formed deep in the nose by bone, and in the front by cartilage. A deformity of this structure can impair breathing and cause headaches as well as various ear complications. This deformity is a common cause of overall sinus trouble. The operation consists of removing any excess bone or cartilage, then rearranging and reshaping that which remains.
With over 22 years of experience, Dr. Seicshnaydre will customize your procedure considering your age, sex, work exposure, allergic potential, and more in order to maximize your long-term success. Dr. Seicshnaydre’s specific techniques for before, during, and after the procedure, along with educating you on long-term management, will lead to your best post-op result.
Dr. Seicshnaydre is the only local surgeon who routinely uses ‘Lusk MicroBite Forceps’ during the sinus surgery. These microscopic instruments minimize the removal of normal tissue, leading to quicker recovery and better long-term sinus function. You can have confidence knowing Dr. Seicshnaydre has committed his time to staying on the cutting edge of advances in sinus surgery techniques as he applies the latest and best for long-term success.
Successful Sinus Surgery Starts with Doyle Splints
The key to recovery and long-term success inside the nose is the placement of a Doyle splint at the end of the surgery. A recent poll found 85 percent of advanced, board-certified sinus surgeons use a splint. Because the splint must stay in your nose for six to eight days, your recovery is easiest when keeping two things foremost in your mind:
1. Head elevation. Less sense of congestion is achieved by sitting mostly upright during the day, and sleeping at a 45-degree angle at night.
2. Nutrition and hydration. The temporary dehydration from mouth breathing and poor nutrition from the splint-induced nasal obstruction are overcome by a focus on hydration and nutrition, ensuring the most efficient recovery.
During recovery, you will be given an antibiotic, pain medication, and topical antibacterial cream to apply along the incisions. Light work in an upright position is okay after three to four days if nutrition is maintained. Additional instructions to achieve the greatest results are discussed when scheduling the procedure. Unlike the gauze packing from 15-20 years ago, 90 percent of patients find that Doyle splints slide out with ease, giving you the first, incredible sense of improved nasal airflow and function.
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