How Is Ethmoidectomy Sinus Surgery Performed?
The ethmoidectomy is designed to remove blockages that prevent your ethmoid sinuses from properly draining. The goal of the procedure is to create one common cavity for adequate drainage. Our sinus surgeon will use an endoscope to see inside the sinus cavity and identify the blockage. Bony septations are removed from the sinus to create adequate space and clear the blockage.
An ethmoidectomy is typically performed under general anesthesia. There are no external incisions made during your sinus surgery. Instead, all incisions are made inside the nose. There are 2 types of ethmoidectomy procedures: the anterior ethmoidectomy and the total ethmoidectomy. While anterior ethmoidectomies focus only on the anterior region of the ethmoid sinuses, a total ethmoidectomy focuses on both the anterior and posterior regions. Our sinus surgeon can further discuss these techniques and determine which method is right for you during your ethmoidectomy consultation.
What Can I Expect Following My Ethmoidectomy Sinus Surgery In NY?
Patients can expect mild congestion for 1-3 weeks following an ethmoidectomy. All incisions are made inside the nose, so there should not be any swelling or bruising visible. Ethmoidectomy patients require a nasal drip pad for the first few days of recovery to aid in healing. Nasal decongestants and pain medication may also be prescribed to alleviate discomfort following your sinus surgery. You may experience some temporary numbness surrounding the teeth; this should subside within a few weeks.
Ethmoidectomy patients should avoid vigorous activities and exercise until permitted by our sinus surgeon. You should avoid bending down or lifting anything heavier than 10-15 pounds for at least 1 week. Patients are advised to avoid blowing their nose as much as possible. If you need to relieve nasal pressure, then light nose blowing is permitted. All ethmoidectomy patients require follow-up appointments with Dr. Shin to monitor healing and recovery. All guidelines, after-care instructions, and procedure specifics will be discussed during your consultation. Dr. Shin is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your sinus surgery.
Can An Ethmoidectomy Be Combined With Other Types Of Sinus Surgery?
Your ethmoidectomy may be combined with additional sinus surgeries or treatments, depending on your procedure. An ethmoid sinus blockage may result in other sinus-related conditions that need to be addressed. Dr. Shin can determine if you may benefit from additional types of sinus surgery during your consultation at our NY office.