Sphenoidotomy

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Opening up the sphenoid sinus is one of the most challenging procedures for your physician and requires considerable skill. The object of sphenoid sinus surgery is to open up the natural ostium of the sphenoid sinus. In the case where there is mucosal thickening and/or closure of the natural ostium, opening the natural ostium will provide the necessary relief However, if you suffer from considerable mucosal disease or formation of a cyst, obstructive polyp or other pathology, the surgeon should address the disease and remove it.

The sphenoid sinus, in competent hands, can be safely operated on. However, many surgeons are uncomfortable with this procedure because the sphenoid sinus is surrounded by many critical structures. The sphenoid sinus sits under the brain and is next to the carotid artery, which carries the blood supply to the brain. An infection in the sphenoid can spread to this artery, and directly to the brain. For this reason, an infection in the sphenoid sinus is very important to treat.

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