Sinusitis and sinus infections impact nearly 30 million Americans each year. Our Salt Lake City and Draper ENT doctors see sinus patients each day and we’re constantly seeking new procedures that can help patients avoid chronic bouts of swollen or inflamed sinuses.
One of the most significant developments in sinus treatment is endoscopic sinus surgery. This minimally invasive outpatient procedure is particularly effective in treating sinus problems while offering real advantages to the ENT doctor and patient.
Today we’re exploring five benefits of minimally invasive sinus surgery.
Benefit #1: Eliminates Incisions on the Face
In the past, ENT doctors performed sinus surgery through an “open procedure” that required a long incision. That longer incision could lead to scarring and a less attractive surgical outcome.
Minimally invasive sinus surgery is performed within the nose and eliminates facial incisions and scarring.
Benefit #2: Provides More Visibility and Accuracy
Minimally invasive sinus surgery is performed within the nose using endoscopes, cameras and miniature instruments. Images from within the nose are projected on a computer monitor and the doctor is able to precisely remove problem areas while protecting healthy tissue.
The image-guided system ultimately helps ENT doctors navigate the maze of small passages and cavities within the sinuses with exceptional accuracy.
Benefit #3: Shortens Operating Times
An endoscopic sinus surgery is usually mapped in advance, which speeds surgery times and decreases the length of time our patients spend in the operating room and under anesthesia.
This reduced procedural time lets our patients return home within a few hours following surgery and speeds recovery.
Benefit #4: Outpatient Surgery vs. Hospital Stay
We perform minimally invasive sinus surgery in Utah’s first in-house Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Center. Located in downtown Salt Lake City, our surgery center is staffed by nursing professionals and board-certified anesthesiologists who get to know you as a person instead of a number on a long list of surgery patients.
Our surgical outcomes are exceptional and our patients regularly tell us how much they appreciate the attention, care and quick recovery from our outpatient surgeries.
Benefit #5: Faster Recovery Times
Any type of surgery requires time to renew and recover. With minimally invasive sinus surgery, recovery times accelerate and our Utah nose surgery patients can typically return to work within a few days.
Minimally invasive nose surgery typically doesn’t result in black eyes. That’s a big improvement over prior methods that often left patients with a bruised and blackened appearance following surgery.
Learn More about Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery
Regular sinus infections can be diagnosed and treated by a trained ear, nose and throat doctor. Our board-certified ENT doctors in Salt Lake City and Draper, Utah are happy to answer questions about minimally invasive sinus surgery and determine if that treatment approach makes sense for your conditions.
Our surgical outcomes are excellent and we welcome your call at 801-328-2522 to schedule an appointment.