Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty


Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Balloon Sinuplasty

Dr. Rodwell’s experience gives him a unique advantage in being able to treat the nose inside and out.  In addition to being a facial plastic surgeon, he is also board certified in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat surgery) giving him the ability to provide expert treatment for chronic sinus infections and problems with breathing through the nose.

It is not uncommon for a crooked or twisted nose to be an outward sign that there are many more problems on the inside.  Sometimes  functional nasal surgery for breathing problems can provide relief, but your surgeon needs to be able to recognize and appropriately treat chronic sinus infections that often accompany these other problems.

Dr. Rodwell offers the most cutting edge endoscopic techniques in addition to options such as minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty to reduce discomfort and speed healing after sinus surgery.

Ballon sinuplasty can be performed under local anesthesia in the office which leads to a much faster recovery than traditional sinus surgery.

Chronic sinus infections and related problems can be caused by a variety of issues such as:

  • A deviated septum
  • Swollen turbinates
  • Nasal allergies
  • Crowded and narrow sinus drainage pathways

If you also dislike the shape of your nose, a cosmetic rhinoplasty can be performed as well, but that part of the procedure is usually delayed until after the sinus infections are fully treated.

Incredibly diligent, patient, helpful, steady-handed (always appreciated), and knowledgeable of course.

— Hunter D.

Why consider Endoscopic Sinus Surgery or Balloon Sinuplasty

Sinus surgery can:

  • Reduce or eliminate recurrent sinus infections
  • Improve sinus headaches
  • Decrease nasal congestion
  • Reduce nasal drainage
  • Improve sense of smell

Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Sinus Surgery

Sinus problems need to first be treated medically before surgery is ever even considered.

Dr. Rodwell has years of experience in helping patients and their primary care doctors optimize the medical treatment of chronic sinusitis.  In many cases, referral to an Allergist can be very helpful.

If symptoms persist despite good medical management then surgery is often indicated.  Dr. Rodwell will work with your other doctors and carefully review CT scans to determine if you are a good candidate for sinus surgery.

Dr. Rodwell is skilled with the most cutting edge techniques of endoscopic sinus surgery including the use of image guidance to make your surgery as safe and efficient as possible.  Many of these procedures are performed in the operating room under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, but in carefully selected cases some patients can have balloon sinuplasty performed in an office setting without the risks of going under anesthesia.  Balloon sinuplasty also offers the advantage of a much quicker and easier recovery.

Dr. Rodwell will tell you what will take place during your customized procedure and what you can expect before, during, and after surgery. No incisions are needed on the outside of the nose, and whenever possible Dr. Rodwell avoids using uncomfortable nasal packing after surgery.

What to Expect After Sinus Surgery

Most patients choose to take at least a few days off from work.  Some nasal congestion, mild drainage, and some fatigue are common as you begin to heal. You can take pain medication and use cold packs to ease discomfort, and keeping your head elevated for several days will also reduce inflammation.

You will see Dr. Rodwell for regular follow-up appointments, and he will do everything he can to make your recovery period comfortable and as speedy as possible.

If you are considering endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.