WHAT IS IMAGE-GUIDED SINUS SURGERY?
Image guided sinus surgery is a technique by which the surgeon can localize exactly where the instrument is inside the sinuses when doing the actual surgery. This is typically reflected in images of a CT scan that was performed prior to surgery or one performed during surgery. It is a very useful technique in potentially reducing complication rates especially in the difficult or complex operation.
Image-guided surgery may be recommended for a number of conditions, including revision sinus surgery, distorted sinus anatomy, extensive polypspolyps and certain locations of the affected tissue within the sinus cavities. The Image Guidance System provides visualization that can aid in the avoidance of nearby anatomy such as the brain and carotid artery as well as prevent orbital injuries.
IS IMAGE-GUIDED SINUS SURGERY SAFE?
This innovative electromagnetic image-guided system provides us with the most detailed, real-time views of the sinus anatomy during the procedure. This allows us to achieve the safest, most thorough surgeries. Using this technology Dr. Khetarpal should have the maximum amount of information about the unique anatomy of each patient and is able to visualize the relative location of the instrument tip within the structure of that particular patient’s sinuses.
Dr Khetarpal was a pioneer in employing image guided sinus surgery in the office. He was one of the first few surgeons in the USA to do so.
Actual image-guided sinus surgery photo of a CT scan during surgery seen here.