Physicians at Baptist may use minimally invasive techniques for a number of surgeries related to the nose and throat. Some conditions that may be treated include:
Surgery is sometimes recommended to open the sinus pathways for drainage to relieve pain and pressure. Baptist offers balloon sinuplasty, a procedure that is done without removing any tissue or bone, allowingmeans faster recovery and less post-procedure discomfort. Read more at this press release.
In certain cases, early-stage tumors in the larynx can be removed without making an incision.
Surgery is sometimes indicated to correct structural irregularities of the nose, septum and turbinates to restore function.
In minimally invasive surgery of the nose and throat, physicians use a device called an endoscope, a slender illuminated optical or fiber-optic instrument that is used for visualizing the interior of the sinus cavities. Endoscopic surgery eliminates the need for an incision; surgeries are done through the openings of the nose and throat.
For certain surgeries, physicians use computer-guided imaging to enhance their ability to visualize the surgical area. This is especially useful when previous surgeries or structural irregularities have created variations in the anatomy that make the procedure more complex. Computer-guided imaging combines the use of computed tomography ("CAT") scans and real-time infrared signals from specialized surgical equipment and computers.
Learn more about sinus disease and its treatment in this podcast.
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