Sinuplasty is performed under general anesthesia. Working endoscopically, your surgeon will thread a catheter through the nostril and into the sinus cavity. X-ray imaging is used to follow the catheter to ensure it is in the proper sinus. Attached to that catheter is a wire, which is then followed by a small balloon. The balloon is inflated and enlarges the sinus opening. This will allow the sinus cavity to drain better. Like conventional sinus surgery, sinuplasty does not involve cutting through the skin, as it is performed entirely through the nostrils. Most patients can go home that same day.
J Matthew. Glascock, MD
- bariatric medicine
Location and Office HoursCovenant Clinic Minimally Invasive Surgical Weight Loss Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
- Coventry Health Care
- United Healthcare
- Wellmark BlueCross BlueShield
- Covenant Medical Center
- Sartori Memorial Hospital
- How is sinuplasty performed?
Should I clean a scab?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredDon't clean a scab. The best thing you can do is to leave a scab alone. If you soak the scab in water and it comes off, you've lost the important skin protection needed for healing. Usually a scab falls off on its own in a week or two. By that time, new, healthy skin will appear.
If the scab becomes itchy after a week or so, ask your doctor about over-the-counter treatment that can help soothe the skin, minimize scarring, and relieve itching.
Is organ injury a potential risk of radical prostatectomy?
Although uncommon, possible injury to surrounding tissue and organs including bowel, vascular structures, pelvic musculature, and nerves could require further procedures. Transient injury to nerves or muscles can also occur, depending on the patient's positioning during the operation.
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