Image-guided sinus surgery
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is pleased to introduce image-guided sinus surgery.
What is image-guided sinus surgery?
This is a technology which allows your pre-operative CT scans to be correlated with the actual position of the surgical instruments during surgery.
Why is this important?
Sinus anatomy is highly variable and a pre-operative scan is therefore essential in order to prevent damage to important neighbouring structures such as the eye and the skull base during sinus surgery. This enables the surgeon to orientate themselves during the operation using constant anatomical landmarks. Unfortunately these land marks may not always be present either because they were removed during previous surgery or where they are obliterated by sinus disease. In these cases there is a higher risk of operative complication and surgery tends to be less complete eg residual polyps may be left. Image-guided sinus surgery overcomes these problems and allows for safer surgery and a complete removal of disease.
Who will benefit from image-guided sinus surgery?
Patients who have extensive nasal polyposis and may have had numerous previous surgeries. A more complete clearance of your polyps will facilitate medical management of your polyps with topical nasal steroids for example and prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms.