Most people possess a hazy understanding of the sinuses at best. It is widely known that the sinuses are empty pockets of air within the skull, for instance, but locating them on a map of the face would be difficult for many.
Imagining the mechanics of sinus surgery procedures such as septoplasty and turbinate reduction surgery is even harder, as it requires a full mental model of the various structures and their functions. Thankfully articles such as this one give patients a nice look at what goes on within the field of sinus surgery.
This passage describing deviated septum surgery is especially helpful:
During a septoplasty, your surgeon will attempt to straighten the cartilage and bone that have led to the septum being deviated. During the procedure, the lining (the mucosa) is first lifted off the cartilage and bone. The cartilage and bone can then be reshaped. Sometimes, portions of the cartilage and bone need to be removed. The lining is then laid back down. . . .Because the septal cartilage has ‘memory’–it has a tendency to assume its initial shape– the septal cartilage can sometimes bend after the surgery.
Sinus surgery can require the assistance of a diverse group of professionals including ENTs, sinus surgeons, and cosmetic specialists. Ultimately the goal is an unchanged appearance, and a radically improved breathing process.
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