What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
Why is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Performed?
How is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Performed?
The goal of endoscopic sinus surgery is to expand the sinus drainage passages using a minimally invasive approach without external incisions. The procedure is designed to reduce tissue trauma and recovery time while addressing the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. When the drainage pathways of the sinuses are narrow, usually due to inflammation or other factors, the sinus cavities are unable to drain properly.
During endoscopic sinus surgery, a small fiber-optic telescope is utilized. This instrument, which resembles a tiny tube, can access the sinus cavities through the nostrils and remove any mucus membranes or protrusions that are obstructing proper drainage.
What Should I Expect After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
Endoscopic sinus surgeries are generally performed as outpatient procedures with the use of general anesthesia, and the procedure usually takes 1-3 hours to complete. Following the surgery, patients may stay at the facility for about an hour for recovery.
After the procedure, patients may experience minor nosebleeds for a few days. To prevent this or reduce it, the nose may be packed. It is normal to feel more tired than usual for up to two weeks after the surgery, and congestion is a common sensation that should go away within one to two weeks.
Before the procedure, patients will receive detailed postoperative instructions that they should follow carefully.
For questions or concerns about the procedure or post-op care, please contact our office.