Ethmoidectomy
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

Sinus Surgery NY

Ethmoidectomy

Many patients turn to sinus surgery in NY to alleviate breathing difficulties and sinus-related symptoms like congestion and post-nasal drip. Ethmoidectomy is a type of sinus surgery that can relieve blockages and chronic infections of the ethmoid sinuses. These sinuses are honeycomb shaped cells that are located along the upper part of the nose between the eyes. The ethmoid sinuses work together with your other sinuses to produce mucus that helps moisten the nose and filter air. If there is an obstruction of your ethmoid sinuses, however, then mucus cannot drain out of the sinuses properly. The backup may cause fluid to fill the ethmoid sinuses, which can lead to infection and cause congestion, headaches, discomfort, and other unpleasant symptoms. Chronic ethmoid sinus infections may be a sign of an underlying issue with the ethmoid sinuses. An ethmoidectomy may be recommended to help correct blockages and alleviate symptoms. This type of sinus surgery can remove bone septations to help create a common cavity for your sinuses to drain.

ETHMOIDECTOMY OVERVIEW
TREATS BLOCKAGES OF THE ETHMOID SINUSES
CLEARS SINUS OBSTRUCTIONS TO PROMOTE PROPER DRAINAGE
REMOVES BONY SEPTATIONS TO CREATE SPACE FOR SINUS PATHWAYS TO DRAIN
CAN RELIEVE RECURRING ETHMOID SINUS INFECTIONS
CAN ALLEVIATE CONGESTION, NASAL DISCHARGE, HEADACHES, FACIAL PRESSURE, SORE THROAT, & MORE
PATIENTS CAN RESUME MANY ASPECTS OF THEIR DAILY ROUTINE WITHIN WEEKS
MAY BE COMBINED WITH OTHER TYPES OF SINUS SURGERY FOR COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT
ALL INCISIONS ARE MADE INSIDE THE NOSE
ENDOSCOPE & DIGITAL IMAGING ARE USED FOR PRECISION
Ethmoidectomy In NYC

What Can An Ethmoidectomy Sinus Surgery Treat?

Ethmoidectomies can treat blockages of the ethmoid sinuses. Obstructions of these sinuses can lead to a buildup of mucus. This backup can form a breeding ground for bacteria and lead to recurring sinus infections. Our sinus surgeon can perform an ethmoidectomy to clear the ethmoid sinus pathways and create space for the sinuses to drain.

What Are The Symptoms Of Ethmoid Sinus Infections?

Ethmoid sinus infections typically have similar symptoms to acute sinusitis. Some common symptoms include nasal congestion, discolored nasal discharge, headaches, sore throat, cough, and pressure around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, or nose. Because symptoms are similar to other sinus conditions, it is difficult to know if you have an infection of the ethmoid sinuses without professional help. A sinus surgeon can help diagnose your condition through an in-office evaluation. A CT scan may also be recommended to examine the ethmoid sinuses.

SYMPTOMS OF ETHMOID SINUS INFECTIONS
THICK, DISCOLORED NASAL DISCHARGE
SINUS HEADACHES
PRESSURE AROUND THE FOREHEAD, EYES, CHEEKS, OR NOSE
STUFFY NOSE
SORE THROAT
PERSISTENT COUGH
FEVER
HOARSE VOICE
POST-NASAL DRIP

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.

How Do I Learn More About Sinus Surgery in NY?

Our sinus surgeon in NY would be happy to discuss ethmoidectomy surgery in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985