Post Op Instructions

Follow these instructions after surgery.

Septoplasty Information

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Information

Tonsillectomy Information

The nasal septum is a structure made of cartilage and bone that separates the right and left nasal cavities. It allows for uniform distribution of airflow to the sinus cavities, and is a minor support for the nasal tip. Deviations in the nasal septum may contribute to an array of nasal problems including nosebleeds, snoring, nasal congestion and obstruction, and chronic sinusitis. Septal deviations may also contribute to external nasal deformities.  The surgery may be performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as rhinoplasty, adenoidectomy, and functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
Indications: Patients diagnosed with septal deviation by their doctor who also have complaints of difficulty breathing through their nose, chronic nasal congestion, and/or recurrent nosebleeds not amenable to medical treatments. Indications for the procedure also include recurrent sinus infections, snoring, and sleep apnea.
Procedure:  The procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on the comfort level of the patient. Under direct visualization, the deviated cartilage and bone is removed while preserving the lining. If extra support is necessary cartilage and bone may be straightened without being removed or removed, straightened and re-inserted. The procedure usually takes approximately 45 minutes. Packing or splints may be placed during the surgery.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, or FESS for short, is the term used to describe a surgical procedure used to treat a wide array of sinus and nasal diseases.  A minimally invasive endoscopic approach is used to restore normal sinus ventilation and function.  The surgery may be performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as Septoplasty, Adenoidectomy, or Turbinate Reduction.
Indications:  Indications for FESS include recurrent or persistent sinus infections that do not respond well to medical management, suspected tumor or growth in the sinus or nasal cavities, and nasal polyps.
Procedure:  The surgery is usually performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia.  The nasal cavity and sinuses are entered through the nostrils and no incisions are made on the face.  Drainage pathways are opened to allow better drainage of the sinuses.
The tonsils are seen on the right and left side of the throat behind the tongue and are organs that help in our response to infection. Fortunately the human body has multiple organs that fight infection and removal of the tonsils has not been shown to weaken immune system.  When they get inflamed, they cause pain, difficulty swallowing, and occasionally difficulty breathing.  When they are very large they can contribute to obstructive sleep apnea.  Tonsillectomy remains one of the most widely performed operations today.
Indications:  Indications for tonsillectomy include recurrent tonsillitis and/or strep throat, obstructive sleep apnea, the presence of a mass or unusually asymmetric tonsil, and a history of a peritonsillar abscess.
Procedure: Tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless the patient is a child under the age of three whereby an overnight observation may be requested. Surgery usually takes under an hour. The procedure is performed through the mouth without any incisions on the face.