Sinus Surgery Specialist

Christina M. McAlpin, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

You don’t have to put up with painful chronic or recurrent sinus infections that interfere with your breathing and daily routine. Dr. Christina M. McAlpin, an ENT specialist and surgeon in Los Angeles, resolves sinusitis with surgery and medical management. If you need sinus surgery, arrange a consultation with Dr. McAlpin by phoning her helpful staff or booking an appointment online.

Sinus Surgery Q&A

by Christina M. McAlpin, MD

When do I need sinus surgery?

Most sinusitis cases resolve after simple treatments, such as medications, saline drops, and decongestants. However, if your or your child’s sinuses are chronically blocked or inflamed, or if you or your child have recurrent bouts of sinusitis, Dr. McAlpin provides permanent relief with surgery.

Depending on what’s causing your sinusitis, Dr. McAlpin may:

  • Remove infected or damaged tissue  
  • Enlarge blocked sinus openings with balloon sinuplasty
  • Remove polyps or other growths
  • Remove septal bone and cartilage (for deviated septum)
  • Remove foreign objects


After Dr. McAlpin performs surgery to correct your sinusitis, she recommends preventive care to minimize your risk of reinfection or inflammation. Preventive care may include medication and antibiotics.

What is a deviated septum?

The septum consists of the bone and cartilage that run down the center of your nose, dividing it into two. Sometimes the septum deviates, or curves away from the center, and blocks one of your nostrils, making it difficult to breathe.

Approximately 80% of men, women, and children have a septum that is at least slightly deviated. Most deviated septums don’t interfere with breathing. However, if your deviation is severe, it may be contributing to your sinusitis. Deviated septums may also cause sleep apnea and snoring.

What is deviated septum surgery?

When your septum is deviated enough to contribute to sinusitis or is causing other breathing or sleeping problems, Dr. McAlpin recommends surgical correction. Under local or general anesthesia, she makes a small incision in your septum and then removes excess bone to clear your breathing passages.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an innovative, nonsurgical procedure that widens your sinus cavities. It's an outpatient procedure, needs no incisions, and has a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery.

Balloon sinuplasty requires general anesthesia. While you are sedated, Dr. McAlpin inserts a guide-wire catheter that carries a small, deflated balloon into your nostril. Once the balloon has been positioned in your sinus, Dr. McAlpin gently and gradually inflates the balloon, so that it opens and widens the blocked sinus passageway.

After the balloon has successfully cleared the blockage in your sinus, Dr. McAlpin deflates the balloon and withdraws it. Your sinus is then wider and free from blockage. You should be able to breathe normally after your sinuplasty.


You don’t have to suffer from chronic or recurrent sinusitis. Start your journey toward healing by calling Dr. McAlpin’s friendly team or booking a consultation online today.