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How are sinus treated with laser?

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how are sinus lasered
Posted Fri, 16 Aug 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
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The laser sinus treatment is given in patients of chronic sinusitis with chronic congestion.
The procedure shrinks blood vessels in the turbinates, structures in the nose that expand and contract in response to irritants, humidity, infection, and other factors. When the turbinates are swollen, they narrow the nasal passages, making it more difficult for air to get in or for mucus to get out. This can cause congestion and breathing problems. Shrinking the blood vessels in the turbinates prevents them from swelling up.

During the 15-minute long procedure, a fiberoptic wire attached to a laser is passed underneath the lining of the turbinate. Patients generally go home in about an hour, and most recover within two days and start noticing a gradual improvement in congestion at about two weeks that levels out in six to eight weeks.

About 70 percent of people who have the procedure report major improvements with symptoms brought on by allergies including decreased congestion and drainage, fewer headaches, and less need for decongestant and antihistamine medicines.
As your doctor has recommended this for you, it is best to go ahead with it.
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Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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