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Blocked Nose Surgery

Nose surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available on the market – although Botox is quickly taking over.  However, nose surgery can also be done for non-cosmetic reasons and is a common surgery for people who have issues with breathing through their nose.  This is generally referred to as blocked nose surgery and is performed to clear airways in the nose, allowing people to breathe through their nose noiselessly.

The Different Types of Blocked Nose Surgery

There are three main types of blocked nose surgery, which are:
  • Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Caldwell Luc Operation
  • Image Guided Surgery
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is the most common type of blocked nose surgery and commonly referred to as a sinoscopy.


Sinoscopy is performed by using an endoscope.  An endoscope is a thin and light instrument that is inserted through the nose.  It has a camera attached to the end of it, with which a surgeon is able to see what is causing blockages in your nose on a screen or through lenses.  Miniature instruments will then be inserted in your nose to perform blocked nose surgery by removing the areas that the endoscope will have highlighted.

Benefits of Blocked Nose Surgery

There are many benefits to sinoscopy, such as:
  • No incisions need to be made so the recovery period is very short.
  • Blocked nose surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so the patient is able to return home shortly after the procedure
  • The procedure is designed to remove mucus in the nose which enables the patient to breathe much better following the surgery.
This type of surgery is also necessary for those people whose nasal passages are so severely blocked that they experience facial pain.  Generally, people who require blocked nose surgery will have severely impaired senses of taste and smell and this surgery can greatly assist in restoring these senses to normal levels.  It is also possible for blocked nose surgery to be performed on people who have non cancerous growths in their nose, such as polyps and water fillings.

As you can see, having a blocked nose can be a terrible affliction as it can reduce your ability to breathe, or cause you to breathe very noisily, it can impair your sense of taste and smell and it can cause significant discomfort, including facial pain.  Opting for blocked nose surgery is by no means a cosmetic procedure as it is designed not to change the appearance of the nose, but rather to improve the function of the nose and nasal passages.  Although the recovery period for blocked nose surgery is relatively short and painless, the procedure itself does carry some risks – as with any type of medical procedure – so it should not be taken lightly. 

If you feel you may benefit from this type of surgical procedure, it is important to explore other avenues first, by discussing the matter with your medical professional who will be able to advise you on what options are available to you.

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