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High elevation and a multitude of allergens make our environment in Northern Nevada host to many sinus problems. Dr. Hudson treats the full spectrum of sinus and nasal disorders, ranging from acute sinus infections to chronic sinus disease requiring treatment with 3D computer guided surgery.

We are proud to be the only office in Northern Nevada offering in-office balloon sinus surgery and sinuplasty, the most recently developed sinus surgery techniques. Additionally, we were the first practice in Nevada to offer in-office CT scanning with the newest Xoran Technology point-of-service CT scanner. This technology allows us to streamline your care with minimal radiation exposure and same day diagnosis of your nasal and sinus problems.

Surgical Options

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is performed while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia. This is an endoscopic surgery, meaning Dr. Hudson will use sophisticated endoscopes and video equipment along with small delicate instruments to open, drain, and dilate the sinus cavities without making any external incisions. Occasionally, patients with more complicated anatomy will require the use of image guided surgery or 3D computer guided surgery in conjunction with typical FESS procedures to treat their sinus disease.

Most patients will go home the day of surgery and resume light activities the day after surgery. Follow-up with Dr. Hudson will occur one week after surgery and most patients will be able to resume normal activities at that time.

Septoplasty and Turbinoplasty

Like FESS, a Septoplasty and Turbinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and is done without any incisions on the face. This procedure will straighten the nasal septum (the middle wall of the nose) and reduce the turbinates (fleshy pieces of tissue in the nose), allowing for improved nasal breathing and often eliminate nasal headaches and congestion associated with a deviated septum.

Most patients will go home the day of surgery and resume light activities the day after surgery. Follow-up after surgery is at one week. After that appointment, most patients will be able to resume normal activities, including returning to work and a light workout.

In-office Balloon Sinus Surgery

We are proud to be the only office in Northern Nevada performing in-office balloon sinus surgery. This state of the art procedure uses a small high pressure balloon to dilate the sinus openings with minimal trauma to the inside of the nose. Performed endoscopically under local anesthesia, this procedure will help chronic sinus sufferers achieve maximum relief with minimal disruption in their daily lives. The majority of patients resume normal daily activities the day of the procedure. Additional information about balloon sinuplasty can be found on the following resources:

In-office Turbinate Coblation

Many patients have problems with nasal congestion. For a large majority, medical treatments such as nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines help and effectively treat the problem. However, sometimes patients need to have their turbinates (large fleshy tissue ) reduced in size to breath better. Thanks to an in-office treatment we can reduce the size and allow you to breathe better by using Turbinate Coblation, a procedure that takes only 15-30 minutes in the office and is permanent and safe to use.