During the Caldwell-Luc procedure, a new opening is made going from the wall of the maxillary sinus to the nose to allow for drainage of the sinus cavity.
Also Known As:
- Radical antrostomy
- Clear blocked sinus
- Clear infected sinus
- Clear nose surgery
Conditions Treated with the Caldwell-Luc Procedure:
The Caldwell-Luc procedure is utilized in order to treat chronic sinusitis, odontic tumors, sinus cysts and sinus tumors.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to the Caldwell-Luc procedure.
Anesthesia with the Caldwell-Luc Procedure:
The Caldwell-Luc procedure is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from the Caldwell-Luc Procedure:
Possible risks following the Caldwell-Luc procedure include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible for the nasal and sinus passages to be damaged.
Prognosis after the Caldwell-Luc Procedure:
The prognosis for a positive end result following the Caldwell-Luc procedure is good.