Sinus Surgery

Sinus surgery is generally recommended as the best treatment option for chronic sinus issues. Nonsurgical treatment methods are nearly always tried before sinus surgery is suggested. However, in cases of sinus infections that are recurrent and/or nonresponsive to medication, sinus surgery can be used to enlarge the openings that drain the sinuses.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

FESS is one of the most advanced forms of sinus surgery and may be recommended. An endoscope is used because it is thought that the best way to obtain normal healthy sinuses is to open the natural pathways to the sinuses. Once an improved drainage system is achieved, the diseased sinus mucosa, or mucous membrane, has an opportunity to return to normal. The use of laser and advanced image guided technology improves outcome. With state-of-the-art micro-telescopes and instruments, abnormal and obstructive tissues are removed.

The surgical procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving no external scars. There is little swelling and only mild discomfort. The nasal airway is open for breathing. Return to work can be expected in a few days. A new technique, balloon sinuplasty, can be an additional tool for the maxillary and frontal sinuses. Preoperative in-office nasal endoscopy and CT scan of the sinus are required as part of the evaluation.

For more information about sinus surgery, Dr. Michael Pickford or Gwinnett ENT, please call us at 678-312-7390.