Sinus infections, nasal polyps, allergic fungal sinusitis, and other chronic sinus conditions can cause pain and disruption to a person’s quality of life. My Houston Surgeons, in Houston and The Woodlands, is the only private practice in Texas that specializes in surgical treatment of nasal and sinus problems. Our sinus surgeons, Dr. Arjuna Kuperan and Dr. Shawn Allen, are both fellowship-trained Rhinologists and board-certified and board-eligible Otolaryngologists (ENT) with experience in treating complex nasal, sinus, and skull base diseases.
Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
For patients who suffer from chronic sinus problems, functional endoscopic sinus surgery delivers relief of a range of symptoms, providing benefits such as:
- Alleviates painful facial pressure and congestion
- Potentially improves sense of smell
- Potentially improves sleep quality
- More than 90% of patients see improvement in nasal polyp symptoms with no recurrence1
At My Houston Surgeons, Dr. Kuperan and Dr. Allen employ advanced endoscopic techniques when performing sinus surgery, reducing post-surgical complications and shortening recovery time.2
Who is a Candidate for Sinus Surgery?
Patients who suffer from severe and frequent sinus infections, have nasal polyps, or who otherwise suffer from chronic sinus conditions may achieve relief through endoscopic sinus surgery. The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for sinus surgery is to attend a private consultation with one of our doctors.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: What to Expect
Preparing for Sinus Surgery
The first step in preparing for endoscopic sinus surgery is to have a consultation with Dr. Kuperan or Dr. Allen. During this meeting, your doctor will review your medical history and you will have the opportunity to discuss your sinus problems and treatment goals. Based on this information, your doctor will determine whether you are a good candidate for sinus surgery.
Before sinus surgery, you may be asked to stop taking certain medications. If you are a smoker, you should quit before your procedure.
The Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Procedure
Our surgeons customize each sinus surgery procedure to suit the patient’s unique needs, so every sinus surgery is different. Most patients are given general anesthesia before sinus surgery, and the entire procedure takes roughly two hours. Using an endoscope and specialized surgical instruments, your surgeon will remove any sinus blockages and optimize your sinus cavities. Once the procedure is complete, you will be driven home by a friend or family member to recover.
Sinus Surgery Recovery
After sinus surgery, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. If needed, your surgeon will prescribe medication to help you stay comfortable. You will be given detailed post-operative instructions and should follow them carefully before your follow-up appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sinus Surgery
What is a Rhinologist?
A Rhinologist, such as Dr. Kuperan and Dr. Allen, is a doctor who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of nasal and sinus disorders.
How long after sinus surgery will I notice results?
Some patients enjoy immediate relief after functional endoscopic sinus surgery, while for others it takes weeks to months to notice the full effects of the procedure.
What to eat after sinus surgery?
After sinus surgery, it’s wise to avoid hard or acidic foods (like nuts, orange juice, or tomato sauce). Many patients prefer to eat bland, soft foods for the first few days, such as scrambled eggs or pasta.
How to sleep after sinus surgery?
After sinus surgery, getting adequate rest is an important part of the recovery process. It’s best not to lie flat, so try to sleep with multiple pillows or in a reclining chair.
Contact My Houston Surgeons
If you suffer from a severe sinus condition, our sinus experts may be able to help you find relief from your symptoms through endoscopic sinus surgery. Contact us to schedule a consultation at our practice in Houston or The Woodlands.
1 Gohar MS, Niazi SA, Niazi SB. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery as a primary modality of treatment for primary and recurrent nasal polyposis. Pak J Med Sci. 2017 Mar-Apr;33(2):380-382. doi: 10.12669/pjms.332.11800. PMID: 28523041; PMCID: PMC5432708. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28523041/. Accessed April 12, 2022.
2 Cleveland Clinic. Sinus Surgery. Available: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/15854-sinus-surgery-overview. Accessed April 12, 2022
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