If you have chronically blocked sinuses, you're probably suffering from chronic headaches, a swollen face, lethargy and maybe even the loss of your sense of smell and taste - all affecting your enjoyment of everyday life. After you've tried other forms of relief, you might need surgery to improve drainage from your sinuses. Endoscopic sinus surgery is the traditional method of surgery to do this.
We understand that you might feel your life is dominated by the pressure headaches, face pain and exhaustion that chronically blocked sinuses (sinusitis) can cause. If medication and other treatments have failed, then sinuplasty can offer a relief to the pressure.
Your sinuses are hollow air filled spaces in the skull bones. They are connected to your nose and have a similar lining called mucous membrane, which produces a secretion (mucus) to keep the lining moist.
Excess mucus normally drains out of your sinuses and down the back of your throat. If the sinus linings get inflamed (sinusitis), or blocked by an overgrowth (polyp), the mucus will not drain in the normal way.
Sinus surgery is currently being restricted by the NHS in some areas of the UK and waiting lists are becoming significantly longer. If you can't stand the pain anymore, you might opt for private sinus surgery.
We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.
Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
We understand that having surgery can potentially be a time of anxiety and worry - even for a relatively straightforward procedure like this one. Our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you, holding your hand, every step of the way.
Endoscopic sinus surgery can be performed as a day-case procedure. It is usually done under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep during the procedure.
It may be possible to perform the operation under local anaesthetic, which means you'll still be awake but the sinus tissues will be numb. If you're having a local anaesthetic, we may offer you a sedative to help you relax during the operation.
Your surgeon will explain what type of operation you need, based on a detailed examination of your nose and a CT scan of the area.
The procedure is done using a tube like telescope called an endoscope, which is inserted through the nostril. The endoscope has a light and camera lens at its tip so that the surgeon can see inside the nose and sinuses. Instruments are passed down the endoscope to remove any blockages, inflamed tissue or polyps, and the openings between your sinuses and your nose may be widened to help the sinuses to drain. Pictures from the endoscope’s camera may be displayed on a screen.
At the end of the operation, dressings may be put in your nose to stop any bleeding.
There is usually no need to stay overnight in hospital following sinus surgery.
After the procedure, you will be taken from the operating theatre to a recovery room, where you will come round from the anaesthesia under close supervision.
After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
Your anaesthetist will prescribe painkillers for the first few days after the operation. Suffering from pain could slow down your recovery, so please discuss any discomfort with your doctors or nurses.
You'll need to take it easy for a week after sinus surgery and if your work involves heavy lifting, you should try to take at least a week off.
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive for a few days.
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way.
Typically your consultant will want to see you after your treatment to see how you’re doing; we will arrange a follow up appointment with you before you leave the hospital.
We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you. On rare occasions, complications following sinus surgery can occur. If you experience a swollen eyelid or bleeding from your nose – call us straight away.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, we're ready to help.
A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.
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