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Sinus and Nasal Procedures

Catheter- and Endoscopy-Based Procedures Offer a Longer-Lasting Correction to Sinus Abnormalities Than Medical Treatment and Have Become More Patient Friendly

Aria ENT specialists have a special focus and expertise in chronic and recurrent sinus and nasal problems — with a record of success in nasal and sinus interventions and surgery. Treatments inside nasal and sinus 
areas are easier to undergo today.
Allergists, neurologists, pulmonologists, and other specialists who also care for patients who suffer from these conditions refer to Aria’s division for endoscopic procedures that represent the state of care in ENT today.

 

Symptoms of these conditions can often be addressed by fixing anatomical problems such as narrowed sinus passages, polyps, and deviated septum — with the goal of restoring normal sinus drainage.  Aria specialists use minimally invasive sinus endoscopy and balloon sinuplasty to correct growths or narrowed areas.  
Resecting Tissue that Blocks Openings

Conventionally, patients with such obstructive problems would have their sinuses “scraped," an inexact and painful procedure that leaves the patient with nasal and sinus packing, and bruising, during recovery.  While the technique of sinus endoscoopy is not new, Aria’s ENT surgeons use an improved approach to it.  

Typically, polyps have been resected by roughly cutting them at their location, resulting in bleeding, packing, and sinus pressure while healing.  Aria’s team takes advantage of a newer approach that uses a micro-debrider (or shaving device) to remove tissue in small increments and to draw the polyps up and resect them more precisely at their base, to make the procedure easier to undergo, with less loss of surrounding tissue.

Balloon Expansion, Debris Removal
Balloon dilation of sinuses is an even newer strategy. The principle is the same as that in used in balloon angioplasty of coronary arteries. 
The Aria specialist gently inserts a small flexible sinus catheter that has an inflatable, balloon tip in the sinuses to push open obstructions.  
The momentary pressure of the balloon widens and restructures the walls of the passageway.

Another approach is to vacuum tissue and debris from the sinuses.  These two steps help people who can get satisfactory results from a gentler approach that does not involve cutting tissue.

Procedures Painless, With Sedation
Learn more about balloon sinuplasty.

William Henry, MD
Chief of Aria's 
Division of 
Otolaryngology,
 
sees all ENT patients 
at Aria and directs 
their treatment. He 
performs surgery and 
other procedures for 
Aria ENT patients. 
To schedule an 
appointment, please 
call  215-612-5390.
Though these sinus and nasal procedures are done in the O.R., the modern techniques mean that patients only need sedation and local nasal anesthetic. Patients also usually avoid nasal packing and bruising. They have minimal discomfort and are able to walk out of the hospital after the procedure.

Patients often get dramatic relief of the symptoms of nasal and sinus blockages and are very thankful. Often, then no longer have to chronically take antihistamines, analgesics, decongestants, or other medications. These endosinus interventional and surgical capabilities have brought a new level of care for such chronic problems to Aria's service area.






           
















Procedures Painless, With Sedation

Though these sinus and nasal procedures are done in the O.R., the modern techniques mean that patients only need sedation and local nasal anesthetic.  Patients also usually avoid nasal packing and bruising. They have minimal discomfort and are able to walk out of the hospital after the procedure.  
 
Patients often get dramatic relief of the symptoms of nasal and sinus blockages and are very thankful.  Often, they no longer have to chronically take antihistamines, analgesics, decongestants, or other medications. These endosinus interventional and surgical capabilities have brought a new level of care for such chronic problems to Aria’s service area.