There are roughly 16 million ear, nose, and throat surgeries performed each year across the globe. Unlike many other surgeries, these ENT surgeries are minimally invasive and quite common. In this article, we are going to dive into the different types of surgeries involved with the ear, nose, and throat so that you will be prepared for your next visit to your ear, nose, and throat doctor.
Let’s take a look!
Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure that is performed in the office of your ENT doctor. This surgery is a procedure that clears blocked sinuses. It is an excellent option for patients who cannot undergo general anesthesia.
The procedure aims to heal patients with chronic sinusitis for whom other treatments did not yield results. The procedure generally takes a little over an hour and the recovery time is usually around 5-7 days.
Nasal Airway Implants
Nasal airway implants are put in place to relieve a patient’s symptoms of congestion, breathing difficulties, snoring, sleep apnea, and blockages. In many cases, a deviated septum is responsible for the patient’s discomfort and breathing challenges. When the nasal airway implants are placed they give support to the nasal cartilage.
The implants are bioabsorbable, so after 9-12 months, they will be absorbed and fill with collagen in the nasal cavity. This process will create lasting relief for the patient.
Vivaer Nasal Valve Procedure
This procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to other surgeries for snoring or breathing difficulties. The procedure uses a small stylus to maneuver through the nasal passages creating openings in the nasal canal. This process helps create new pathways in the canal that in turn help the patient to breathe easier…and quieter at night!
The procedure, unlike other surgeries, does not affect the patient’s appearance. Additionally, the recovery time is virtually instant with almost no downtime for the patient.
Inspire for OSA
For those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) that cannot use a CPAP machine Inspire is an excellent option. Inspire, unlike a CPAP machine is entirely implanted which means there is no need for a mask or oral appliance. The device works with your body’s anatomy and it is simple to use.
Inspire monitors your breathing patterns while you are sleeping and has been proven to improve sleep quality. Additionally, Inspire reduces Sleep Apnea events and can be easily controlled by a handheld device.
Minimally Invasive Procedures for the Ear, Nose, and Throat
These ear, nose, and throat, surgeries are non-invasive and simple and can drastically improve your quality of life. The office of Dr. Brian Weeks is ready and available to answer any questions you might have about these procedures. Our patient testimonials can help you discover the relief that can be yours as well!