Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia which is done to remove nasal polyps and tumors, treat chronic sinus infections, and address other types of sinus problem
Purpose & Indications
Endoscopic sinus surgery is recommended for individuals with chronic or recurrent sinus conditions that do not respond to other treatments.
Common indications include:
Chronic Sinusitis. Persistent inflammation and infection of the sinuses that last for an extended period, despite medical management.
Nasal Polyps. Noncancerous growths in the nasal or sinus passages can obstruct airflow and cause sinus problems. Read more about nasal polyps here.
Sinus Cysts or Tumors. Abnormal growths within the sinus cavities that need to be removed for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
Deviated Septum. A deviated nasal septum that significantly impairs breathing or contributes to chronic sinus problems. Read more about deviated septum here.
Sinus Drainage Issues. Problems with sinus drainage that lead to recurrent infections or sinus pain.
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In order to magnify and see the sinus tissues, the surgeon inserts an endoscope—a narrow camera rod with a light at the end—into one nostril. After identifying the issue, the surgeon carefully removes the reasons for sinus obstruction, such as swollen mucous membranes, nasal polyps, and scar tissue, using specialized equipment in addition to the endoscope.
Specialized tools can straighten the septum and shrink the size of the turbinates, which are bony structures inside the sinuses if a deviated septum causes breathing issues.
Endoscopic sinus surgery offers several benefits:
Effective Symptom Relief. The procedure can provide significant relief from symptoms such as congestion, facial pain, sinus pressure, and difficulty breathing.
Minimally Invasive. It is considered a minimally invasive approach compared to traditional open sinus surgery, which involves larger incisions and more tissue removal.
Preservation of Sinus Anatomy. Endoscopic techniques aim to preserve the natural structure of the sinuses as much as possible, reducing the risk of scarring and complications.
Shorter Recovery. Patients typically experience a shorter recovery period compared to traditional sinus surgery.
Improved Quality of Life. Many individuals experience improved overall quality of life after successful endoscopic sinus surgery.
Minor bleeding, pain, congestion, discharge, and fatigue are common after the surgery but should go away in one to three weeks. After the procedure, you will require follow-up visits with your doctor a few times in order to help the healing process.
Your nose and sinuses will be cleared of any fluid or blood left over after the operation by the medical staff during these appointments.