How do rhinologists clean mucus out of noses and sinuses? This video explains what goes on during sinus and nasal debridements, where mucus and debris are removed from noses to improve nasal airflow and optimize sinus drainage. This is a critical component of optimal postoperative care following sinus and nasal surgery, and helps prevent scar tissue. It is performed on patients generally while awake, but patients are sprayed with topical anesthetic which is generally adequate to prevent significant discomfort. Some patients need this performed more often than others if they are at risk for scarring or recurrent infection, but the goal is ultimately to get the nose clean, and keep it clean so that topical saline or other meds can be delivered to the linings of the nasal and sinus cavities, optimizing their function. Dr. Craig at Henry Ford is the best piece of Kleenex out there, cleaning noses like this on the regular!
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