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Case Study: Improved Anesthesia Protocol for In-Office Sinonasal Procedures

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The restricted surgical area and the vascularity of the inflamed sinus mucosa can make it challenging during endoscopic sinus surgery to keep the surgical field clear of bleeding, which is critical for patient safety and procedural success.  A surgeon’s clear visualization during procedures limits postoperative complications, leading to faster patient recovery, which in many cases can be influenced by anesthesia techniques.

Barton Knox, MD, of Colorado Springs ENT and Allergy and having performed over 170 in-office sinonasal procedures, examines three unique patient case studies.  Dr. Knox details his best practices and anesthesia protocol for in-office sinonasal procedures.

Readers will review clinical results from each procedure, including key benefits from Dr. Knox’s anesthesia protocol, such as:

  • Lower levels of blood loss during surgery, resulting in an improved surgical field of vision, and less reported patient pain.
  • Faster patient recovery, with two case study patients returning to work and other normal activities within 1 to 2 days.
  • Fewer postoperative complications, as the patient is not subjected to the risks of aspiration or malignant hyperthermia.

Sinonasal surgery can be performed safely in an office setting with appropriate vasoconstriction and anesthesia.  Download these case studies to reveal Knox’s best practices, and improve patient postoperative recovery. 

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