Functional Rhinosurgery

Functional Rhinosurgery

Functional surgery of the nose, paranasal sinuses and the base of the skull is one of the most demanding areas of ENT surgery

The nose and paranasal sinuses fulfil important functions: As part of the respiratory system, they ensure that the air we breathe is purified and conditioned. At the same time, millions of olfactory cells in the upper part of the nose enable the sense of smell, which plays an elementary role in the way we perceive taste, unconscious communication and quality of life, but is also necessary as a warning function.

Disorders in this system lead to symptoms such as runny nose, nasal itching, nosebleeds, obstruction of nasal breathing, olfactory and taste disorders, mucus flow in the throat as well as a feeling of pressure and pain above the jaw, forehead or between the eyes.

Causes and therapy

A simple cold is usually responsible for this. However, it can also be caused by a deviated septum, enlarged nasal conchae, past trauma, allergies or acute or chronic sinusitis with or without polyps. These symptoms can also indicate a benign or malignant tumor of the nose. If the symptoms persist, a medical examination should always be carried out.

In addition to conservative and drug treatment, our clinic has the latest technologies for diagnostics and operative therapy. These are mostly minimally invasive procedures, with which the symptoms can be greatly improved.  The majority of these minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. This has the advantage that recovery takes place in the home environment.

Complex injuries or tumors of the base of the skull are, if necessary, are treated in cooperation with neurosurgery, ophthalmology and radiology departments in the clinic. Tumors of the nose and sinuses are treated within the framework of the DKG-certified Heck- and Neck Tumour Center

The surgical spectrum includes the following interventions:

  • Nasal septum surgery (septoplasty)
  • Nose correction (functional rhinoplasty, functional septorhinoplasty)
  • Nasal concha surgery (nasal concha reduction, radiofrequency therapy of the nasal concha, turbinoplasty)
  • Reconstruction of the nasal septum in case of defects
  • Endoscopic functional paranasal sinus surgery
  • Anterior skull base surgeries
  • Transnasal surgery of the eye socket
  • Transnasal operations on the lacrimal ducts
  • Minimally invasive transnasal tumor therapy in the area of the nose and the sinuses
  • Operation of congenital malformations (e.g. choanal atresia)
  • The treatment of tumors of the nose and sinuses is carried out in the certified Head, Neck, Tumor Center