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Sinus Image-Guided Surgery at Our Los Angeles Center

A scalpel may be the traditional surgeon’s tool, but these days computers and cameras can be almost as important in helping doctors give you the best results possible. In surgical procedures on the sinuses, visibility is often difficult, repairs require incredible finesse and there’s always the concern of damaging nearby tissues such as the optic nerve and the brain. But image-guided surgery allows surgeons to accurately map out the contours of the nose and other nearby tissues, and to accurately see where they are throughout the procedure in order to minimize damage to the healthy tissues around the problem areas.

How It Works

Sinus image-guided surgery requires getting a detailed, accurate picture of what’s inside your nose. Typically, a CT scan is used to map out the bone structure in 3D, though it can be combined with MRI scans to give doctors a view of the soft tissue, as well. This information is loaded into the computerized image-guidance system in the operating room. The three-dimensional images are displayed on a monitor, and the surgeon’s tools are linked into the system as well, so your miVIP surgeon can see where his tools are within the nasal cavity. Because the imagery can be magnified, it’s easier for the surgeon to differentiate between diseased or damaged tissues that need to be removed or revised in addition to the healthier tissue surrounding it. This sinus surgery technique is most often used in cases where the structure of the nose is considerably distorted due to polyps, malformations or previous surgeries and the surgeon needs a clear guide to navigate the area.

In many image-guided surgeries the computer image-guidance system can be paired with an endoscope, a thin tube with a light and a camera attached to the end. This gives your surgeon even more visibility into your nasal passages to help ensure that they’re getting the clearest views of the surgical area. With the endoscope, the images can also be magnified, allowing your surgeon to see even the smallest polyps and malformations clearly.

In less complex sinus surgeries, your surgeon may only use the endoscope as a guide without the additional imaging technology.

At miVIP Surgery Centers, sinus image-guided surgery allows for incredible precision and less-invasive surgeries.

The Benefits of Sinus Image-Guided Surgery

Imagery technology has become an essential tool for most sinus surgeries. It offers:

  • A clearer road map of your nasal passages, which enables your surgeon to navigate to the trouble spots more confidently
  • The ability to perform more complex surgeries while minimizing the risk of damaging important tissue surrounding the area
  • Fewer complications from your sinus surgery due to the less-invasive nature of these procedures
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