Sinus surgery has truly evolved over the years. Once performed through external incisions (surgical cuts on the face and in the mouth) that required extensive nasal packing (i.e. gauze or other material placed in the nose to control bleeding after surgery), traditional sinus surgery caused significant pain and discomfort, and was often followed by a long recovery period.
With recent advances in technology, including the nasal endoscope (small, lighted, metal telescope placed into the nostril), sinus surgery is now commonly performed minimally invasively. This means the procedure is done entirely through the nose, without face or mouth incisions. The endoscope allows the surgeon to see inside the nose and sinuses, usually with a special video camera attached to the scope. Today, endoscopic sinus surgery is typically done with minimal nasal packing, mild pain, and shorter recovery times.
Your ENT specialist may recommend endoscopic sinus surgery to treat or help manage the symptoms of the following conditions:
- Chronic sinusitis
- Recurrent infections
- Sinus infections that spread to the eye, face, or brain
- Nasal polyps
- Impaired sense of smell
- Tumors of the nasal and sinus cavities
- Leaking brain fluid into the nose
- Tear duct blockage
Additionally, recent advances in endoscopic sinus surgery allow your sinus surgeon to reach areas of the brain and pituitary gland for neurosurgery, or to the orbits (eye sockets) for certain ophthalmology procedures. Each individual case is different. Your sinus surgeon will determine if endoscopic sinus surgery is the best choice for your nasal/sinus problem.
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