The use of a nasal endoscope (a small, rigid telescope) and camera during sinus surgery is now the norm for the vast majority of ear, nose, and throat specialists, since the 1980s in the United States. Walter Messerklinger in Graz, Austria, was primarily responsible for developing and introducing the glass rod endoscopic systems that are now standard in most operating room and clinic settings throughout the United States and many parts of the world.
Prior to the introduction of the endoscope, for nearly 100 years, visualization was obtained using lights and incisions (cuts) in the face and scalp. The incisions were sometimes hidden under the lip, within creases of the facial skin, or behind the hairline. These techniques are referred to as external sinus surgery techniques and today may still be used in select patients with or without the use of nasal endoscopes. Also, when incisions are necessary, the use of nasal endoscope has made it possible to limit the incisions to the smallest possible.
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