Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive means of repairing damage to the breathing passages and airways. If left untreated, this damage can lead to sinusitis or other breathing problems. In this procedure, an endoscope, or small camera, is inserted into the nasal passages through the nose, alongside surgical instruments. The endoscope allows the doctor to see inside the sinuses, while tools permit the removal of blockage, whether it’s bone, cartilage or other material. This kind of surgery has improved the quality of life for thousands of patients.
Surgery to repair the sinuses is often prescribed when other options for controlling or curing chronic sinusitis have failed. These include over-the-counter and prescription medications. If non-surgical treatments have not cleared up the condition, this surgery is the preferred means of correcting the problem.
Endoscopic surgery is so minimally invasive that it can sometimes be performed right in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia, though in severe cases general anesthesia in a hospital might be necessary. Recovery is brief and takes a few weeks, during which some discomfort and bleeding may occur and follow-up visits to the surgeon might be necessary.
Procedures for recovery include packing the nose to absorb drainage, a course of precautionary antibiotics, steroids via nasal spray, saline washes and the use of a humidifier. Patients should avoid bending over, blowing their nose and strenuous exercise for several days.
Endoscopic surgery is effective in 90 percent of cases, resulting in improved symptoms and an overall better quality of life. It has the most success when combined with medication and treatments at home to prevent future infections.
It’s important to remember that once a person experiences an infection, they tend to be prone to more. Precautionary antibiotics can help to prevent this occurrence, and patients should work with their doctor on lifestyle changes to stay healthy in the future.
Endoscopic surgery for the sinuses is minimally invasive and easy compared to traditional surgery, but it is still surgery. As with any procedure like this, there are a few risks of minor complications such as scar tissue, bruising or the like.
Serious complications are exceptionally rare, occurring in less than 1 percent of cases. These can include heavy bleeding or injury to the eyes or brain. Most complications, however, can be prevented or easily managed. This surgery is exceptionally safe. It carries little risk of visible scarring and costs less than traditional surgery. In addition, it requires a much shorter recovery period, especially if done as an outpatient procedure.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a revolutionary treatment for chronic sinusitis and can result in a greatly improved quality of life for patients who receive the procedure. If you suffer from recurring chronic sinusitis and traditional treatments have failed, surgery by a qualified ENT doctor may be an answer. For more information and answers to any questions you might have, take some time to read our information about the surgery and then give us a call today to schedule an appointment and evaluation.