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Endoscopic sinus surgery

As an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, I often see patients with sinus problems. For some, the issues can be resolved with medication, but for others, more invasive treatments like endoscopic sinus surgery may be necessary. In this blog post, I will share information about endoscopic sinus surgery, how it is performed, and how it has helped my patients.

What is endoscopic sinus surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis and other sinus problems. The surgery involves using a thin, flexible tube with a camera (endoscope) inserted into the nostrils to provide a view of the sinuses. The surgeon can then use tiny instruments to remove any obstructions or inflamed tissue that may be causing the sinus problems.

How is endoscopic sinus surgery performed?

Before the surgery, patients are put under general anesthesia. Once the patient is asleep, the surgeon will insert the endoscope into the nostrils to gain a better view of the sinuses. The surgeon will then use tiny instruments to remove any obstructions, such as polyps or scar tissue, and to clear out any infected or inflamed tissue.

Endoscopic sinus surgery typically takes about an hour, and most patients are able to go home the same day. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most are able to return to work or school within a week.

How has endoscopic sinus surgery helped my patients?

I have had many patients who have benefited from endoscopic sinus surgery. One patient, a 45-year-old woman, had been struggling with chronic sinusitis for several years. She had tried multiple medications, but nothing seemed to help. After undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery, her symptoms improved significantly, and she was able to breathe better and had fewer sinus infections.

Another patient, a 60-year-old man, had been dealing with nasal polyps for years. Despite medication and other treatments, the polyps kept coming back. After undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery, the polyps were removed, and he experienced relief from his sinus symptoms.

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a safe and effective treatment option for many patients with chronic sinusitis or other sinus problems. If you are struggling with sinus issues, I encourage you to speak with an ENT specialist to see if endoscopic sinus surgery could be a good option for you.

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