Procedures & Surgeries
At Camino ENT, we have the experience, equipment and expertise to perform many procedures and surgeries for problems related to the nose and sinuses.
Sinus surgery is used to treat patients with chronic sinus infections through the removal of nasal obstructions and/or enlargement of the sinus openings, allowing fluid to drain. Depending on the condition, there are several surgical sinus procedures, including functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image guided surgery and balloon sinuplasty.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that utilizes a balloon catheter to expand the sinus opening and promote drainage. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty involves no cutting of bone or tissue, reducing pain and discomfort and leading to a quicker recovery. A majority of patients report significant improvements in sinusitis symptoms without any negative effects.
Nasal septoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct a deviated septum. The surgeon is able to reposition the septum by straightening the bent cartilage and bone; this helps relieve the symptoms associated with a deviated septum, which include breathing difficulties, nosebleeds, snoring, sleep apnea and sinusitis.
Nasal Turbinate Reduction
The turbinates are nasal structures that humidify the air moving through your nose while filtering dust and dirt. Should an obstruction occur, they might swell, causing congestion and breathing difficulties. Nasal turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of one or more of the turbinates, clearing the airway and eliminating symptoms associated with obstruction.
Nasal Fracture Repair
Nasal fractures are common; in fact, the nose is the third most commonly broken bone in the human body. A fracture can result in long-term complications and may be a source of cosmetic embarrassment. Repairing a nasal fracture may involve a simple in-office procedure to reposition the broken bones or a more complex surgery that involves realigning the bones and nasal tissue. San Jose residents with nasal fractures should consult an ENT doctor for help determining the correct treatment.
Sinus or nasal debridement involves the removal of bone, mucosa, crust and debris following sinus surgery. Doing so helps promote healing and restore sinus function, while preventing infection from recurring. The surgeon uses an endoscope inserted through the nostril or will make an incision through your skin or gums to complete the procedure, which usually takes 1–3 hours.
Cauterization of Chronic Nosebleed
Patients with chronic epistaxis or persistent nosebleeds—often the result of an engorged vein or artery—may benefit from cauterization. This procedure involves applying heat to slightly burn a blood vessel in the nose, which stops the flow of blood. Nasal cauterization is a quick and painless procedure that may be completed using either a needle heated with electricity or a caustic agent such as silver nitrate.
A tissue biopsy is a procedure in which a tissue sample is removed from your body and sent to a laboratory for analysis. Your San Jose otolaryngologist may recommend it when other tests suggest an abnormality and is used to determine whether you have cancer or another potentially serious condition. There are many different types, including needle biopsy, image-guided biopsy, bone marrow biopsy and surgical biopsy.
Nasal Papilloma Removal
A nasal papilloma is a benign (noncancerous) lesion of the nasal cavity, such as a nasal polyp. It can lead to obstruction of the cavity, resulting in breathing difficulties, discharge, loss of smell and taste, facial pain, sleep apnea and other conditions, making removal desirous. When oral or nasal steroids do not help, endoscopic surgery will be used to remove the papilloma.