The nose is far more intricate a structure than many realize. The duties of the nose include air intake and output, as well as air hydration, warming, and filtration. The nose is a small structure, but because of these necessary functions it contains numerous complexities.
It is often because of these various parts that patients experience sinus problems. With irritations in the nose and sinuses, there is excess draining and swelling. As interior areas of the nose swell, the mucus is unable to effectively drain out the nostrils or to the back of the throat.
Sinus issues affect millions of Americans. From pressure and headaches to recurring infections, sinus symptoms can evolve from uncomfortable to dangerous if left untreated. While medications can treat existing infections, they may not provide long term relief.
What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
The Hudson Valley Sinus Center is run by Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, a specialist in facial plastic surgery and facial anatomy. The doctor treats sinus disorders through different plans, depending on patient needs. Endoscopic sinus surgery is available for healthy patients who seek to restore nasal function and comfort, and do not require a more invasive procedure.
An endoscope is a medical device that is typically equipped with a small camera and a light, which allows the doctor to view a patient’s anatomy without cutting through tissue, and in a larger picture on a screen. The endoscope is inserted through the nostril, and is guided to other areas of the nose.
Entering the Nose with Ease
More invasive surgeries of the past required surgical cuts to reach tissues of the nose that were not readily seen by a surgeon. The endoscope provides a way to view the inside of the nose without causing unnecessary trauma to the surrounding areas. Older surgical methods also involved the use of nasal packing, which could be painful and uncomfortable, and extended healing times. Sinus surgery performed through the use of an endoscope lessens recovery time.
Once the endoscope has entered the nose through one of the nostrils, Dr. Rubinstein is able to view tissues that require modification or repair. Modern surgical instruments used in endoscopic procedures are created to minimize area tissue damage, and can exact miniscule changes inside the small structures of the nose. It is important that only excess biological materials are removed from the interior of the nose so that the stability of the structure is not compromised.
Lowered Risk of Infection
A less invasive procedure minimizes the risk of infection in patients. Because the exterior skin is not broken, the patient is less susceptible to harmful bacteria that could otherwise enter a wound. While the inner parts of the nose may be surgically modified, the nose is already an environment that combats germs regularly.
Dr. Rubinstein’s Alterations
There are a number of changes Dr. Rubinstein can create within the nose during endoscopic sinus surgery. He can eliminate scar tissue and polys, straighten a deviated septum, shave down the nasal turbinates and create other changes. While a balloon sinuplasty may be a great option for some patients, others may require a more specialized form of sinus surgery like an endoscopic sinus surgery.
Once Dr. Rubinstein has made internal corrections, patients will begin their healing process. Following recovery, which will vary by patient and procedure, patients often experience easier breathing, a better sense of smell, less nasal congestion, and better sleep patterns.
Schedule an Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Today
To learn more about endoscopic sinus surgery, or other sinus procedure options, contact the experts at Hudson Valley Sinus Center. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, a New York facial plastic surgeon and sinus treatment expert, can meet with you to offer guidance on your nasal and sinus health. The doctor can be reached at 845-562-6673, or through the Patient Contact Form
Dr. Rubinstein has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for a decade-and-a-half. The doctor is an expert in facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He is able to provide patients with the dual benefit of improved nasal functionality, and a more attractive exterior feature. He holds a double board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, remains an active member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and spends his spare time as an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.