What is endoscopic sinus surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a newer surgical technique that utilizes an endoscope, which is a small instrument that can be inserted into the body. The endoscope may be fitted with optical instruments to give the ENT practitioner a view of the area being evaluated and may also carry small surgical instruments to perform needed procedures.

When is endoscopic sinus surgery recommended??

Ear, nose and throat patients who are diagnosed with nasal polyps are often referred for endoscopic sinus surgery. So too are patients who have experienced chronic sinusitis and for whom less invasive treatment (medications, etc.) have been ineffective.

What is the procedure for endoscopic sinus surgery?

The patient may be placed under general anesthesia, meaning he or she is unaware as the procedure is being performed. Alternatively, a local anesthetic may be used, which numbs the nasal/sinus cavity but leaves the patient awake. The endoscope is inserted through a nostril and moved into the nasal and sinus cavities and passages to determine nature and location of the problem (polyps, poorly draining or clogged channels, etc.). The surgeon will then remove polyps, open clogged passages, or perform other steps as warranted.

What are the results of endoscopic sinus surgery?

Depending on how involved the endoscopic sinus surgery was, patients usually experience less drainage, congestion and discomfort after a few days and fully recover within a few weeks.