Endoscopic sinus surgery is a surgical procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses. See how the sinuses work. These blockages can cause sinusitis, and other conditions, in which the sinuses swell and become blocked, causing pain and impaired breathing.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is used to relieve symptoms associated with:
• Septal deviations or turbinate hypertrophy
• Nasal polyps
Endoscopic sinus surgery is designed to improve the drainage of the sinuses as well as to improve airflow through the nose. Endoscopic sinus surgery goals include:
• Reduction of the number and severity of sinus infections
• Improvement in symptoms associated with sinusitis
• Improvement of airflow through the nose
• In many cases there is an improvement in a patient’s sense of smell
- Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
- Your doctor will use an endoscope, a thin camera rod with a light at the end to provide visualization and magnification of the sinus tissues.
- Specialized instruments can be used to safely and effectively remove causes of sinus blockage such as natural blockages, nasal polyps, and scar tissue.
- Specialized instruments are also used to straighten the septum and reduce the size of the turbinates if required.
- Endoscopic sinus surgery does not involve cutting through the skin, as it is performed entirely through the nostrils. Therefore, most people can go home the same day. Learn more about pre and post-operative care.
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