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Sinus Surgery Standard Operating Procedure

Sinus Surgery

Sinus Surgery

Sinus Surgery Standard Operating Procedure

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  • If the sinus surgery is in the operatiung room with general anesthesia:
    • Prior to surgery, the patient needs to refrain from food and drink for 8 hours, have no fever, and arrange for someone to bring the patient to and from the hospital
    • On the day of surgery, the patient should have all paperwork and meet the anesthesiologist; the patient should only take the medication approved by the surgeon and anesthesiologist.
    • The surgery may take several hours.
    • After sinus surgery, most patients can go home accompanied by a friend or relative; bed rest with the head elevated is recommended along with an ice pack wrapped in a towel to stop any bleeding that commonly occurs.
    • Recovery may take about 3 to 5 days; patients should take their prescribed medications and avoid any strenuous activities until cleared to do so by the surgeon.
  • Follow-up care is critical for recovery; keep all appointments and follow instructions in regard removing nasal packing and especially instructions on nasal irrigation (many surgeons request patients to remain in the area for 3 weeks after surgery in case any problems develop).
  • Notify the surgeon for excessive bleeding, fever greater than 101.5 F (38.6 C) that persists even with Tylenol use, sharp pain or headache not responsive to medications, increased swelling of nose or eyes and thin clear fluid draining from the nose.
  • Self-care and prevention of complications include maximizing moisture in the nose (moisturize frequently), moisturizing sprays such as “Ocean Spray” are useful), avoid allergens, colds and the flu (make sure flu shots are up-to-date).
  • If the sinus surgery is in the office-based setting or the balloon sinuplasty method is used, the surgeon and clinical team may have you refrain from eating and drinking if sedation is used. In some cases, the procedure may be done under local anesthesia only.
    • Recovery on the day of balloon sinuplasty is usually quicker than with general anesthesia. The post-operative recovery will also take several days, include nasal irrigation, and include follow-up in the office.
    • It is important to note that balloon sinuplasty has not been shown to be superior to traditional sinus surgery regarding the long-term outcome for patients and the elimination or recurrence of disease.

What is sinus surgery?

Traditional sinus surgery involves the precise removal of diseased sinus tissue with improvement in the natural drainage channels by the creation of a pathway for infected material to drain from the sinus cavities. In most situations, the surgeon will employ endoscopic techniques which allow better and more precise visualization without the need for external incisions. As a result, there is less swelling, bleeding, and discomfort, and a faster recovery from sinus surgery…”

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Sinusitis and Sinus Infection

Cannabis and Sinusitis

Cannabis and Sinusitis

Cannabis and Sinusitis


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“Medical Marijuana and Sinusitis What Is Sinusitis?”

 “Sinusitis is inflammation in the sinuses. It happens when the body responds to an infection. The infection may be fungal, viral or bacterial. It may also occur in response to allergies or to injuries to the sinuses or nose. It can happen to any person at any age and is a common side effect of infection. It can also become a chronic condition that occurs often in one person. This is usually due to sinus malfunction or chronic illness that can cause sinusitis such as severe allergies and cystic fibrosis.

The symptoms of sinusitis are pretty straightforward and make it relatively easy to diagnose. Symptoms that are similar to a cold include coughing, sneezing and runny nose. Sinusitis can also cause severe headaches as the pressure builds up in the sinuses. Other symptoms include loss of sense of smell, malaise, sore throat and fever. Very rarely a sinus infection can cause a skin infection, meningitis, bone infection or abscess.

Treatment for sinusitis will depend on its severity. In some cases, it can be treated at home. In others, it will require prescription medications, particularly antibiotics. Home treatment includes sinus flushing, steam breathing, warm compresses applied to the sinuses, use of a humidifier and drinking plenty of water. If this does not relieve the condition, antibiotics to rid the body of infection are often indicated. Home treatments can continue along with use of prescription medications, though over-the-counter medications should be okayed with a physician to ensure they do interact with prescription medications.

When antibiotics are necessary, they are the only medications that can remove the infection from the body. However, other medications can be taken to help relieve the discomfort of a sinus infection, including medical marijuana. Medical marijuana can help relieve almost all of the symptoms of sinusitis, though expelling mucus and reducing its build up is better left to other medications unless or until future research indicates marijuana is an appropriate medication for such.

Medical Marijuana and Sinusitis


When it comes to congestion, expectorants are the favorite medication. Thus far, medical marijuana has not been found to serve as an expectorant. However, medical marijuana has been shown to be a bronchodilator. This can help individuals who have sinusitis and difficulty breathing breathe a little easier. The build up of mucus, sore throat and postnasal drip can make it hard to breathe. Of course, medical marijuana should not be smoked if one is having difficulty breathing. A physician can suggest a better method of ingestion such as eating the medication or using a vaporizer.


Medical marijuana can have a similar effect as codeine in that it can relieve as much pain as codeine in cancer patients, according to one study. It is a known pain reliever. However, many pain relievers are not successful in relieving headaches. That is not the case for marijuana. Individuals with some of the most painful headaches possible — migraine and cluster headaches — have had positive results using medical marijuana to relieve their headache pain…”


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Sinusitis FAQ’s from Dr. Wellington Tichenor






 Sinusitis FAQ’s from Dr. Wellington Tichenor

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Tichenor’s extremely informative list of FAQ’s on sinusitis.His offices are at 642 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065 and his office telephone number is 212 517 6611.

Why do we have sinuses? 

The sinuses are air pockets located inside the bones in the skull. They are located to either side of the nose (maxillary), behind and in between the eyes (ethmoid), in the forehead (frontal), and there is one much further back in the head (sphenoid). (For a better understanding of this, please look at the CT scan page when you finish reading this page.) They are probably present to reduce the weight of the skull as well as to create resonance to the voice. The sinuses are lined with very fine hair-like projections called cilia. The function of the cilia is to move mucus ( which is normally produced by the sinus) towards the tiny hole ( the ostium) about the size of a pin hole which provides drainage for the sinus. Unfortunately, that hole is located at the top of the largest sinus, and consequently drainage may be poor.

What causes sinusitis?

Sinusitis starts as a result of blockage of the hole (actually a short hairpin shaped tube) into the sinuses, called an ostium. This blockage can occur as a result of an anatomical obstruction, swelling due to a cold or allergy, drying of the mucus, or a foreign body. When this occurs, mucus that normally is expelled from the sinus builds up in the sinus. This can cause pressure or pain. In addition the mucus is an excellent culture medium for bacteria. If the mucus is not cleared immediately, an abscess can develop in the sinus. An abscess is a pus-pocket inside a closed space. Ideally, treatment of an abscess involves opening the abscess up with a knife and allowing the abscess to drain to the outside. Unfortunately, this is obviously not feasible in the case of a sinus infection without doing extensive surgery. As a result, we prefer to use medical treatment which can usually treat sinusitis so that surgery does not have to be performed.

How common is sinusitis? 

Sinusitis is one of the most common medical problems affecting approximately 30% of the population at some point. Acute sinusitis commonly follows a cold and typically lasts for up to three weeks. After 12 weeks it becomes defined as a chronic sinusitis and may become much more difficult to treat.

Why is sinusitis increasing?

Since the Spring of 1990, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of people who have sinus infections. The reason for this is not clear at the present, but it is most likely due to increasing amounts of pollution and ozone. There have been similar increases in other major cities in the United States. It may also be due to use of antibiotics.

How is sinusitis diagnosed?

It may be extremely difficult to diagnose a sinus infection early in the course of the disease. After taking a careful history, which is extremely valuable in helping diagnose sinusitis, and doing a physical exam, the diagnosis is typically made by looking inside the nose with a flexible rubber or rigid steel tube called an endoscope

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Homeopathy and Sinusitis

This article about homeopathy and sinusitis was written by a leading authority on homeopathy, Mr. Dana Ullman.


 Homeopathy and Sinusitis: Safer Remedies

By Dana Ullman, MPH ©


DANA ULLMAN, MPH, is one of America’s leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose HomeopathyHomeopathic Medicines for Children and InfantsDiscovering HomeopathyEverybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD). Dana also authored an ebook that is a continually growing resource to 200+ clinical studies published in peer-review medical journals testing homeopathic medicines. This ebook combines the descriptions of these studies with practical clinical information on how to use homeopathic medicines for 100+ common ailments. This ebook is entitledHomeopathic Family Medicine: Evidence Based Nano-pharmacology, and it is an invaluable resource.

He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America’s leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over 35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books.


Imagine a type of torture where there is great pain in what seems to be the very center of your skull, when facial tenderness and pain is experienced by simple touch, where eyes ache and feel like they are coming out of their sockets, and where there’s pain in the teeth and even a sensation as though the teeth are too long. Many people today feel this type of torture too frequently because these people suffer from chronic sinusitis.

There are eight sinuses, or air-filled cavities, in the skull. These sinuses lie behind the eyes, the nose, and fore head. Each sinus is connected by a nasal passage in order to drain mucus and aid air exchange.

Sinusitis is most often the revenge of a lingering cold or allergy, which can impede proper nasal drainage. This congestion becomes a breeding ground for infection which then causes the lining in the sinuses to become inflamed and swollen. Other problems that can create congestion leading to sinusitis are polyps, a deviated septum, large or inflamed adenoids, an ab scessed or inflamed tooth, or a change in air pressure from flying or swimming.

Sinusitis can create its own revenge too. Unless it is successfully treated, it can sometimes lead to ear infections, bronchitis, or pneumonia.

The conventional medical treatment for chronic sinusitis primarily is antibiotics and surgery, the big guns of the medical arsenal. Expectorants, decongestants, analgesics, antitussives, irrigation, and cortisone nasal sprays can also be used. The fact that about one in seven Americans suffer from chronic sinu sitis suggests that these conventional treatments are not very effective. They are at best palliative, except in a small number of cases of obstructive chronic sinusitis which modern surgery can now correct. These are the relatively rare obstructive cases are usually caused by a deviated septum, a polyp, or a cyst.

Is there an alternative to this “skullduggery?” Absolutely. The Homeopathic Alternative Homeopathy is a natural medical system that utilizes ex tremely small doses of substances from the plant, mineral, or animal kingdom to augment a person’s natural defenses. Rather than inhibiting or suppressing symptoms, homeopathic medicines are prescribed for their unique ability to cause, when given in overdose, the similar symptoms that the sick person is experiencing.

Homeopaths, like modern-day physiologists, recognize that symptoms represent defenses of the body to infection or stress. Therefore, instead of suppressing symptoms with conventional medications, homeopathic remedies are individually prescribed based on their capacity to mimic the symptoms the sick person is experiencing. Ultimately, these natural medicines strengthen the person’s own defenses enabling them to regain health more rapidly…

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