Tahir S. Ali, MD
Otolaryngology & Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist located in Fort Worth, TX
If you have chronic sinus problems, you might need endoscopic sinus surgery to repair your sinuses. In Fort Worth, Texas, Tahir Ali, MD, and his team offer state-of-the-art endoscopic sinus surgery using innovative imaging equipment to deliver precise procedures. Call Dr. Ali's office or schedule a consultation online today if you’re looking for an expert ENT surgeon in the Fort Worth area.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Q&A
What is endoscopic sinus surgery?
An endoscope is a thin metal tube with rigid optical fibers that carry light which can be attached to a camera that Dr. Ali can insert into your sinuses and respiratory tract. He uses the endoscope in diagnostic procedures as well as surgeries to remove or repair abnormal tissue. There are several types of endoscopic sinus surgery, including:
- Functional endoscopic surgery
- Turbinate reduction surgery
- Balloon sinuplasty
- Sinus ostial dilation surgery
Dr. Ali and his team provide comprehensive consultations to determine if surgery is necessary and which operation is most suited to your needs.
Why would I need endoscopic sinus surgery?
The ultimate goal of endoscopic sinus surgery is to improve the function of your sinuses, including drainage and airflow. For example, you have structures called turbinates in your nasal cavity that clean and moisturize air as it enters your body. When your turbinates are enlarged, they can cause nasal obstruction and trigger excess mucus production.
Dr. Ali can use an endoscopic procedure to reduce the size of your turbinates to relieve your symptoms. Sinus ostium dilation surgery and balloon sinuplasty both expand and open your sinus cavities to reduce obstructions that interfere with your respiration.
What happens during endoscopic sinus surgery?
Dr. Ali provides either local or general anesthesia during your endoscopy. Then, he inserts the endoscope into your nasal and sinus cavities, which allows him to examine magnified images of your sinuses. Then, he inserts additional surgical instruments to complete your procedure, whether he is removing polyps or other abnormal tissue or using gentle pressure to expand your sinuses.
During revision surgeries and other complex cases, Dr. Ali uses state-of-the-art imaging equipment to ensure absolute precision.
When your procedure is complete, he removes the endoscope and other surgical tools. When you recover from your anesthesia, Dr. Ali gives you personalized aftercare instructions, and a friend or family member can drive you home.
What should I expect while recovering from endoscopic sinus surgery?
You might experience some sinus pressure and nasal drip after your surgery. You should avoid blowing your nose for at least a week two weeks, as this could disrupt your sinuses as they heal. Dr. Ali prescribes medication to reduce your risk of infection and inflammation while you recover. You should be able to get back to work and your other regular activities within a day or two of your endoscopic sinus surgery if performed in the office, 1-2 weeks if in the operating room.
Call Dr. Ali's office or make an appointment online today for expert endoscopic sinus surgery services.