Nasal and Sinus Surgery in Fort Myers
Breathing impaired by a deviated septum, chronic sinusitis or another functional problem can have a drastic effect on your everyday life — from exercising to getting a good night’s rest. Dr. Douglas Stevens is double board-certified in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery, making him an expert in both the aesthetic and functional aspects of nasal surgery. He specializes in creating individualized treatment plans that help each Fort Myers patient find relief from their nasal/sinus condition. Using advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols, Dr. Stevens can help patients breathe — and live — comfortably again.
Septoplasty is designed to straighten a crooked or deviated septum (the wall that separates the nasal cavity into two). Made of cartilage and bone, the septum can become deviated as a result of genetics or trauma. Dr. Stevens can repair the deviated septum with septoplasty, which involves creating a small incision on one side of the septum. In more complicated septum deviations, a small external incision may be necessary to completely reconstruct the septum. Dr. Stevens will gently lift the skin on the septum and remove cartilage and bone as needed. He will also reshape or reposition the remaining cartilage and skin to allow the air to freely flow through the passageway. Once Dr. Stevens is done making the needed surgical modifications, he will place the skin lining back using dissolvable sutures.
More severe cases of airway obstruction may require more advanced nasal reconstruction procedures. Patients who wish to alter the appearance of their nose may be suitable candidates for a septoplasty and rhinoplasty combination procedure. Dr. Stevens can discuss your treatment options during a personal consultation with you.
About Sinus Surgery
Sinusitis occurs when the tissue lining the nasal cavities (known as sinuses) becomes swollen or inflamed, which in turn causes mucus and bacteria to build up. Symptoms of sinusitis include difficulty breathing, facial swelling and pain. While antibiotics can be effective in treating mild cases of sinusitis (acute sinusitis), they may not effectively treat sinusitis that persists for three months or longer (chronic sinusitis).
Dr. Stevens can treat chronic sinusitis with endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty. Endoscopic sinus surgery uses a thin camera rod with a light at the end to give the surgeon a clear and magnified visualization of the sinus tissues. Using specialized instruments, Dr. Stevens will remove whatever is blocking the sinuses (this may include scar tissue and nasal polyps). Modern endoscopic sinus techniques are performed entirely through the nostrils, meaning they do not require incisions. Endoscopic sinus surgery may be performed at the same time as septoplasty, to correct a deviated septum.
Balloon sinuplasty is an alternative form of endoscopic sinus surgery that uses a small and flexible balloon catheter to open up the blocked sinus passageways. The sinuses will then be sprayed with saline to flush out mucus and bacteria. The sinuses will remain open, even after the balloon catheter is removed. Balloon sinuplasty is preferred by many patients because it does not require cutting or removal of bone and tissue.
Candidacy for endoscopic sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty is determined on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Stevens meets with every patient individually to evaluate their symptoms and the severity of their condition. Evaluation for chronic sinusitis typically involves a CT scan of the sinuses in addition to a physical examination.
To discuss your nasal and sinus surgery treatment options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens. Contact Stevens Facial Plastic & Laser Center by calling (888) 970-5131 today.