Plainsboro and Monroe
Chronic sinusitis causes a multitude of symptoms for patients, but sinus surgery may be the right solution to put an end to them. Board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay performs sinus surgery for patients in the Central New Jersey area at Princeton Otolaryngology Associates
What is Sinus Surgery?
Sinus surgery is performed to improve the function of drainage paths of the sinuses. It is used for patients who experience chronic sinusitis when medical treatments have not helped.
Benefits of Sinus Surgery
Sinus surgery offers many benefits for patients who have endlessly suffered the symptoms of reoccurring sinusitis, including:
- Eliminates blockages
- Relieves sinus pressure
- Improves breathing
- Restores taste and smell
How is Sinus Surgery Performed?
During sinus surgery, you’ll be put under general anesthesia. Using an endoscope inserted through the nostrils, Dr. Kay will explore your sinus cavity to find the location of your obstruction. A number of conditions can block the sinus passages, including polyps and scar tissue. Once identified, the blockage will be removed.
By removing the obstruction, the passageway will be enlarged, promoting effective drainage and resolving a number of other symptoms. This surgery does not require cutting, so recovery time is much less than other more invasive sinus surgeries.
Preparing For Sinus Surgery
Oral steroids or antibiotics may be prescribed before surgery; make sure to take the medication as directed. We will also review your current medication list and inform you if you must discontinue use of any before surgery. We recommend patients stop smoking before surgery, as it can impair the healing process.
Sinus Surgery Recovery
Bleeding is to be expected for up to five days following surgery. Pressure and discomfort are also normal during recovery. Do not blow your nose or lift objects over 20 pounds for 10 days following the procedure. You should refrain from taking blood thinning medications and nasal steroid sprays for the two weeks following surgery. You will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Kay to check the progress of healing.
Patients typically make an initial recovery from sinus surgery within about one to three weeks of treatment, at which point they will be able to return to their normal daily activities including school and work. Many of our patients report feeling back to normal within one month of surgery, and are able to experience the benefits of a life without sinus issues.
How Much Does Sinus Surgery Cost?
Your sinus surgery may be covered by your insurance plan. We also offer CareCredit® to help you cover any out of pocket expenses. If you have questions about financing for your procedure, please give us a call.
Is Sinus Surgery Right For Me?
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and have exhausted medical treatment options, surgery may be able to put a stop to your symptoms. Patients experiencing blockages and polyps in the nose may also benefit from sinus surgery.
Why Choose Princeton Otolaryngology Associates: Dr. Scott L. Kay For Sinus Surgery?
Dr. Scott Kay is a board-certified otolaryngologist. When performing sinus surgery, his goal is to restore nasal function in his patients, eliminating troublesome symptoms and improving quality of life. He has perfected his surgical skills over 30+ years in practice, offering patients quality surgical care.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Sinus Surgery
During consultation, Dr. Kay will review your medical history and list of current medications. He will perform a thorough examination of the sinuses to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. You’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss your concerns with the doctor.
How Long Do You Stay in the Hospital After Sinus Surgery?
Sinus surgery is a more intensive surgical procedure than a traditional rhinoplasty and is not typically done in an in-patient setting. Nearly all of our sinus surgeries are performed at an outpatient surgical center. Within a few hours after surgery the patient can eat and drink normally.
How Can I Permanently Cure Sinusitis?
Sinusitis has many different causes, some structural, some allergic, some are more complicated. We have many patients who experience a “cure” by either medications or surgery. By undergoing a thorough evaluation at Princeton Otolaryngology Associates, we can determine if you could be cured by one of these methods.
Can Sinusitis Come Back After Surgery?
Sinusitis could recur in certain situations like immunosuppression, allergies, or in some autoimmune or metabolic disorders. In some cases where people have had surgery and it is not done completely or scar tissue is allowed to develop people could have recurrences. That is why it is so important to have your surgery done by an experienced sinus surgeon. That’s when the chance for a cure is high.