Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

The specialists at Alaska Center for Ear, Nose and Throat (ACENT) trained under many of the recognized worldwide leaders in the field of modern sinus surgery. In Anchorage, our board-certified otolaryngologists routinely perform primary sinus surgery, as well as repair and revision procedures, to give patients from Wasilla, Palmer, and surrounding areas improved sinus function.



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Is Sinus Surgery Really Necessary?

People suffering from chronic sinusitis that hasn’t responded to medication can benefit greatly from sinus surgery. Surgery is also appropriate when bouts of sinusitis become so frequent–even when medication provides temporary relief–that your quality of life is impacted.

Our ability to treat sinus ailments is also enhanced by the use of an on-site CT scanner that not only helps in the disease diagnosis, but also allows us to assess the effectiveness of medical and surgical therapies. We strive to review all scans with patients personally to help them better understand their disease and our recommendations.

[You] performed a life changing sinus surgery for me several years ago. Prior surgeries with other docs offered me no relief. [You were] able to fix my sinus problems from which I suffered for over 12 years! Best of all, my surgery was a smashing success with very minimal discomfort. Relatively painless with a very quick recovery. What more could I ask for? Since my personal experience with [you], I have recommended [your] services to my friends and family. All have been completely satisfied.

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What Are the Different Types of Sinus Surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is the standard procedure used to establish or re-establish improved sinus drainage into the nose. Our sinus treatments fall into the following broad categories:

  • Primary surgery: The best results are achieved the first time surgery is performed. Our specialists’ extensive training in sinus surgery is one of the main reasons Anchorage residents choose ACENT for relief from sinus problems.
  • Revision surgery: If you’ve previously undergone sinus surgery elsewhere and are still plagued by nasal obstruction or are suffering recurring sinus infections, you may be a candidate for revision surgery. Improvements in sinus surgery over the past 20 years have made it more effective and have reduced complications, blood loss, pain, and recovery time. We rarely use nasal packing after sinus surgery and bruising is almost non-existent. Request a consultation to learn about the advances in sinus surgery that could help you finally attain relief.

What Does Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Involve?

Blocked sinuses typically lead to recurring, sometimes painful, infections. Endoscopic surgery is a precise procedure targeting the affected tissue and bone without damaging surrounding areas. There is no external scarring because the endoscope is inserted through the nostril and no incisions are required. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.



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What Should I Expect After Sinus Surgery?

We rarely use nasal packing after sinus surgery and most patients tolerate the recovery fairly well. All patients are seen a week after the surgery; additional follow-up appointments are scheduled to manage the healing process toward a good result. Evidence shows that good post-operative care is critical to the successful outcome of sinus surgery.

How Does the PROPEL® Sinus Implant Improve Sinus Surgery Recovery?

Whether you’re undergoing a primary surgery or a revision surgery, we preserve the results of the procedure with the PROPEL sinus implant. The first of its kind, PROPEL is a spring-like implant that maintains the open pathway created in the sinuses with surgery.

During the recovery process from an ordinary sinus surgery, inflammation or scarring can diminish the results. PROPEL keeps the nasal passageways open from its position in the ethmoid sinuses. Placed during surgery, PROPEL also delivers a sustained, localized release of anti-inflammatory medication (mometasone furoate) slowly over the course of 30 days. The PROPEL implant then dissolves completely over time, so there’s no need for us to retrieve it.

We are particularly well-trained, skilled, and experienced at sinus surgery. If you live in Wasilla, Palmer, or another city in the Anchorage area and are considering sinus treatment, we encourage you to request a consultation or call  (907) 279-8800 for an appointment with us before selecting your surgeon. For our Homer and surrounding patients, please call  (907) 235-0310.

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Our ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors in Anchorage, Alaska, are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, meeting the specialty’s highest standards.

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