Why Image-Guided Sinus Surgery Can Save Your Life
I am fortunate to be interviewed from time to time for magazine features and medical trades. Often these interviews are broad-ranging, covering the many procedures of sinus surgery in general terms.
Recently, however, I gave an interview on the specific benefits of image-guided surgical techniques. I discussed a number of essential benefits, including the important piece of mind that comes with using detailed imaging to prevent injury, especially with patients who may have unusual anatomical features:
Recently I performed a sinus surgery on a patient with chronic sinusitis, who as a result of a prior surgery over a decade ago had a skull base defect. Before I looked into the nostril, I knew to stay away from the defect between the brain and sinus because we had mapped that region and I could see it clearly on the monitor. Using image guidance while operating, you’ll know exactly where you are — and where not to go. I see the septum and a very large turbinate that’s blocking the nasal cavity. I shrink the turbinate down so he can breathe better and remove the polyps that are blocking the sinus openings. Thanks to image guidance, my patient can breathe clearer and I can breathe a little easier.
Technology like this undoubtedly saves lives by making the work of sinus surgeons more precise. If you have sinus symptoms and need the help of a Los Angeles sinus expert, I strongly recommend seeking a team with the facility to offer advanced imaging techniques in the operating room.