Long Island's Premier Sinus Doctors
Over 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis each year. Treatment options range from allergy testing to surgical intervention. The services provided by the sinus doctors at Winthrop-University Hospital include:
- Image guided Balloonplasty
- Skull based and Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopes are gently passed through the nose to visualize nasal disease and examine the openings of the sinuses. Minimally invasive techniques are utilized to improve breathing and function.
First, a sinus guidewire is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and is gently advanced into the target sinus. Next, the sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guidewire and positioned across the blocked ostium. The balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium. Finally, the sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, leaving the ostium open and allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.
Winthrop uses Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices that are FDA-cleared, catheter based technologies specifically designed to navigate the tortuous sinus anatomy. The Balloon system is used to open the blocked sinus ostium, in many cases without tissue or bone removal. The blocked sinus ostium is gently dilated, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Recovery
Before balloonplasty, sinus surgery procedures involved the use of sharp metal objects to remove bone and tissue to create room for the sinuses to drain. If bone needs to be removed, you can expect a day or two of bleeding and a week or two of general fatigue. If no bone has to be removed, recovery time will be much shorter. You can expect to go home the same day as your procedure if you receive sinuplasty.