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The Stanford Sinus Center offers advanced care for patients with chronic sinusitis, nasal polyposis, fungal sinusitis, nasal obstruction, and tumors of the nasal cavity and anterior skull base.
Founded in 1999, this is the first center on the West Coast to offer comprehensive medical and surgical care for chronic sinusitis by a fellowship-trained otolaryngologist. The Center has over 3,500 patient visits per year and is considered the leading sinus care practice in Northern California.
The Stanford Sinus Center offers comprehensive medical and surgical care for disorders and complex problems of the nose and paranasal sinuses:
Chronic sinusitis, nasal polyposis, nasal obstruction, and nasal tumors
Computer guided and revision endoscopic sinus surgery for complicated sinus disease
Interdisciplinary minimally invasive surgical approaches to the skull base, orbit, and optic nerve
Research protocols exploring sinus wound healing and novel therapies for chronic sinusitis
Minimally invasive and computer-assisted surgical techniques are available for patients with refractory or complex nasal and sinus disease. In addition to videoscope diagnostic techniques, center director Peter Hwang, MD, and his colleagues use a stereotaxic surgical navigational system to improve accuracy and efficiency in the operating room.
Advances in sinus surgery
Although most sinus-related can be treated with medicines, surgery is still sometimes required. Whenever possible, Stanford surgeons use newer, less deforming, and less painful techniques. The most common type of sinus surgery is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS).
In FESS, your physician will use small cameras and instruments to work carefully in the nose. S/he will remove obstructing tissues, allowing the sinuses to drain more naturally. This should decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of infections.
In some cases your surgeon may suggest surgery that includes "surgical navigation"—usually with a special type of CT or MRI scanner—in order to diminish the chance of complications and improve results.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.