Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed on individuals with severe, chronically blocked sinuses or other nasal problems. Patients who undergo endoscopic sinus surgery can expect better drainage and increased airflow through the nose as a result of the procedure.
What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
John’s Hopkins Medicine defines endoscopic sinus surgery as “a surgical procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses.” Endoscopic procedures were first used in Austria in the 1970s, but did not become common in the United States until the 1980s. The American Rhinologic Society elaborates on the required tool for this procedure: “The nasal endoscope is a small lighted metal scope placed into the nostril, which allows the surgeon to visualize the nose and sinuses.”
During the actual procedure, the surgeon inserts a nasal endoscope with the goal being “to identify the narrow channels that connect the paranasal sinuses to the nasal cavity, enlarge these areas and improve the drainage from the sinuses into the nose.” The surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia and is generally done on an outpatient basis.
Who is Eligible for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
The American Rhinologic Society lists chronic rhinosinusitis as one of the most common reasons for endoscopic surgery. “Chronic rhinosinusitis is a term applied to various nasal processes which involve inflammation of the nose and sinuses that do not adequately improve with medical management.” However, there are other indicators that sinus surgery is necessary. A sampling of these indicators include, but are not limited to: sinusitis, recurrent infections, chronic and complicated sinus infections, tumors of the nasal and sinus cavities, chronic sinus headaches, nasal polyps and nasal obstruction.
What are the Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
When other medical interventions or therapies are not effective at treating your sinus or nasal problems, there are many benefits to endoscopic sinus surgery. The first benefit of the surgery is that it opens the nasal passages and allows for better airflow and drainage. The surgery should also drastically reduce the number, severity and duration of sinus infections experienced.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology states the advantages to an endoscopic sinus surgery succinctly saying: “The advantage of the procedure is that the surgery is less extensive, there is often less removal of normal tissues and can frequently be performed on an outpatient basis.” Because nasal endoscopes are inserted into the nostril, there is no need to cut facial skin for this procedure, which eliminates any facial scarring. Another important advantage to an endoscopic sinus procedure is the reduced recovery time.
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