About Wellendorf ENT - Iowa ENT - Dr. Wellendorf


Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective procedure that is now performed by trained ENT doctors in surgery or, in some cases, in the office under local anesthesia. It gives most patients relief from pain and discomfort caused by sinusitis symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis or recurrent sinus problems, you may be a candidate for this procedure. In addition, it is a very effective treatment for children with a chronic runny or drippy nose.

With balloon sinuplasty, ENT surgeons open up the natural opening of inflamed sinuses similar to how heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and normally does not involve removal of bone or tissue. While recovery time varies with each patient, it is typically fast, and most patients can return to work and their normal activities within a couple of days.

Septoplasty is an operation to correct a deformity of the partition between the two sides of the nose. The usual purpose is to improve breathing. However, it may also be required to permit adequate examination of the inside of the nose for treatment of polyps, inflammation, tumors or bleeding. When the nasal septum is deformed, there is no medicine that will cause it to be straightened, so surgery is the only solution to this problem.

Inferior Turbinate Surgery involves the treatment of a portion of the membrane of an enlarged inferior turbinate to reduce its size. Partial turbinate resection involves removal of a portion of a bone and sometimes the mucous membrane of an enlarged inferior turbinate. It is safe and effective procedure to relieve nasal congestion, which has not improved with treatment of other underlying nasal, sinus and/or allergy problems. Inferior turbinate procedures are performed under local or general anesthesia, sometimes employing cautery, laser, cryotherapy or radio frequency ablation. They may be performed in association with other nasal and/or sinus procedure

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is performed intranasal and is recommended only after it has been determined that medical management has been unsuccessful. Radiographs and endoscopic findings considered in conjunction with the patient’s clinical status following medical evaluation and therapy will identify the appropriate sinuses to treat.

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