Sinus Surgery for Sinusitis, Sinus Issues and Breathing problems in Melbourne, VIC
What is Sinus Surgery?
Sinus surgery is the treatment of choice for patients who have not experienced an improvement in conservative treatment of sinusitis (natural sinus treatment, inhalation, tea, antibiotics, nasal drops, sinus cleansing).
The problems with sinuses are very common among the population but in most patients usually disappear on their own. However, some patients continuously suffer from sinus issues for weeks, months, and even years.
Nasal obstructions make it difficult to drain mucus from the sinuses into the nose and such patients have a higher risk of developing chronic sinusitis.
Sinus surgery is a procedure with the goal of removing those obstructions in sinus pathways.
Depending on the cause of sinus issues, the doctor will choose the best method to treat each patient.
Dr. Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose, and Throat ENT Specialist (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for helping his patients with sino-nasal difficulties. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Kleid performed numerous sinus surgeries improving his patient’s life quality and wellbeing.
Am I a good candidate for Sinus Surgery?
Any patient with chronic sinusitis who does not respond to therapy should be treated by an otorhinolaryngologist. The operation itself depends on the extent and localization of the disease and is individually tailored for each patient. On the other hand, most cases of acute sinusitis are caused by viruses and do not require surgical treatment. Self-help techniques speed up recovery and alleviate symptoms and are usually quite sufficient.
Common symptoms treated by Sinus Surgery include:
- Pressure in the face points (nose, eyes, forehead)
- Ears blockage
- Breathing issues
- Thick nasal drainage
- Pain in the sinuses area
- Runny nose, snoring and sleep apnea in patients with nasal polyps
If conventional treatments are not resulting in your health improvement, Sinus Surgery may be a good choice to relieve your discomfort.
Sinus surgery is also necessary if you are experiencing distress caused by structural deformities such as nasal septal deviation or nasal polyps.
Benefits of Sinus Surgery
After the operation, the whole organism is in a better psychophysical condition, with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. Also engaging in any type of physical activity and sport is easier and more satisfying.
Some of the benefits of Sinus Surgery are:
- Surgical trauma is minimal and it preserves the healthy structures of the nose and sinuses
- Opening up the sinuses and improving sinus drainage
- The postoperative course and recovery are short so you can return to daily activities after just a few days
- Improved breathing
- Relieving pressure and pain sensation
- In most patients, the procedure passes without any complications with none to moderate postoperative pain
- Reduces the frequency and severity of nasal infections
- Better sleep quality
- No visible scarring
Sinus Surgery before and after photos
Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of before and after Sinus Surgery photographs representing typical results our patients get. Results depend on individual
patient circumstances and can vary significantly. You can also see more photos when you visit the clinic.
Sinus Surgery Procedure
- The most common operation performed is functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). The goal of sinus surgery is to remove tissue that blocks sinus drainage.
- However, in the cases of severe forms of sinus blockages or after previous sinus surgeries, image-guided surgery and Caldwell-Luc operations are common methods of treating patients.
- Functional endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is a form of minimally invasive surgery (no skin incisions) in which the procedure on the sinuses is performed by direct visualization through the nostrils. The surgeon rinses the sinuses and expands the natural opening of the sinuses thus easing the drainage and improving the ventilation.
- The operation is performed under general anesthesia, which means that you will be examined by the anesthesiologist.
- With proper preoperative preparation and precise work of the surgeon, bleeding is minimized.
Recovery after Sinus Surgery
- In most patients, the procedure results without any complications with no or mild postoperative pain. However, the use of pain medications can help you with pain management after the surgery.
- After the procedure, tampons are placed in both nasal cavities and removed on the first to fifth postoperative day, depending on the used surgical technique and the patient.
- In the days after the operation, the nasal mucosa is thickened and it is necessary to use nasal drops to relieve edema and speed up recovery.
- Return to daily activities is possible after a week and physical activity after 2-3 weeks.
- You should be discharged from the hospital just a couple of hours after the surgery. There are no visible changes in the face in terms of swelling and bruising.
Complications and Risks of Sinus Surgery
It is important to ask your ENT specialist any questions that may bother you.
Although complications are rare, some risks may occur :
- Bleeding after the surgery
- Loss of smell and taste
- Double vision
- Tearing of the eye
- Swelling of the eye and eyelids
- Eye hematoma
- Nasal issues
- Voice change
- Teeth pain
Your Sinus Surgery journey
- Before deciding on the type of procedure, you will undergo detailed diagnosis including rhinoscopy, nasal endoscopy, fiber endoscopy, and rhinomanometry. The operation is performed under general anesthesia, which involves an examination by an anesthesiologist, but also laboratory tests, ECG and spirometry.
- Also, it is necessary to do a computerized tomography (CT) of the sinus.
- Small incisions are made inside the nose. The surgeon can make new passages or open existing ones by removing polyps, cysts, small pieces of bone, or thickened mucosa. With the endoscopic technique, the operation is minimally invasive, but still sufficient to remove pathological formations and restore normal function of the nose and nasal cavities.
- The patient goes to home care a few hours after the operation. You will be instructed to rinse the operated nasal cavities with saline and antibiotic ointment for the next 10 days.
Sinus Surgery Cost
Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation. Your Sinus Surgery quote will include your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, perhaps a surgical assistant fee, and the hospital fees.
Further reading – medical resources
- Do I need surgery for sinusitis? WebMD
- Sinus surgery: Types, recovery, risks, and alternatives | MedicalNewsToday
- 15 Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Risks, Complications & Recovery
FAQ for Sinus Surgery
How to find out if I Need Sinus Surgery?
A comprehensive review of medical history and data on the type, frequency, symptoms, and hereditary predisposition to the disease is very important in determining the diagnosis. It has to be established primarily whether breathing through the nose is difficult due to a functional obstruction (swelling of the mucosa, polyps) or deformed bones and cartilage in the nose.
How much pain there is after the FESS surgery?
Every person manages pain differently. However, most patients feel none with the proper medication after the surgery.
What are the differences between chronic and acute sinusitis?
Experts usually divide sinusitis into acute lasting less than 3 weeks, chronic, which usually lasts at least 3 to 8 weeks and can continue for months or even years, and recurrent that causes several acute seizures during the year. Sinus surgery treats mostly chronic cases of sinusitis.
I had a Sinus Surgery and suddenly feel teeth pain. Is this normal?
Altered teeth sensation is something that is pretty common after the Sinus Surgery. However, the symptoms usually disappear gradually in the first week after the surgery.
Is it possible to combine Sinus Surgery and Cosmetic / Aesthetic Nose Correction?
Aesthetic nose surgery can include functional nose surgery as Sinus Surgery in the same procedure.
Is it more cost-effective to perform both surgeries at once?
Yes, it is more cost-effective to perform several surgeries at once if possible due to the cost of anaesthesia and surgical team.
Why choose us?
Dr Kleid operates in an accredited hospital, not in the back-room of a clinic. Proven experience and examples from real patients or recommendations from your GP are available. Look for members of FRACS or ASPS as some of the Qualifications of your Surgeon. Sinus Surgery is a highly-specialized field, so the choice of the right surgeon with Sinus Surgery Expertise can deeply impact the results you are looking for.
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Choosing the best Sinus Surgeon for Better Breathing
When choosing the right surgeon for Sinus Surgery, you should always keep in mind that the experience, training, and credentials have greater importance than the price tag. Special deals, fixed prices, and big discounts should raise a red flag. Usually, those kinds of procedures lead to another disappointing result and in the end line cost more and produce more stress, pain, take more time, and discomfort than one procedure conducted by the professional and experienced surgeon.
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist). Dr Stephen Kleid consults in three Melbourne practice locations – Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Hawthorn East, St Kilda East and East Melbourne. Dr Kleid has a passion for rhinoplasty and Rhinoplasty Revision.
Dr Richard Sackelariou is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Nose Expert operating in Melbourne and Sydney
Always Choose a qualified, experienced Expert in Alarplasty
Be sure to find out if your surgeon is FRACS qualified and has proven and relevant surgical experience.
Don’t choose someone who studied a different area of medicine as they are unlikely to have the same rigorous surgical training required to become recognized as a Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Coco Ruby is an Australia-wide Specialist Plastic Surgeons Group, with the appropriate qualifications and members of recognized associations. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as some of the qualifications of your Surgeon. Our Surgeons operate in an accredited hospital, not in the back-room of a clinic.
Proven experience and examples from real patients or recommendations from your friends, family, or GP are available.
The Next Steps – What to do Next
- Visit the FAQs pages and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on 1300 264 811 to arrange your consultation with your surgeon
- A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.