If you’re suffering from chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery may be the most effective solution. The procedure involves inserting an endoscope — a tube with an attached camera and light — into the nose to see the sinuses. Small surgical instruments are then used to remove polyps or other obstructions blocking the sinus and nasal passageways. Learn more about the procedure below and how ENT Physicians and Surgeons can help you get the relief you need.
What Is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses that prevents drainage from occurring properly. Causes can include:
- Nasal polyps
- Compromised immune system
- Other problems that may block or otherwise interfere with the sinuses
The condition not only can lead to stuffiness, pain, and trouble breathing but can also interfere with everyday life.
When Is Endoscopic Surgery Necessary?
Sinusitis sometimes can be addressed with treatments such as medication, nasal irrigation, and immunotherapy. If the condition persists for an extended period without responding to typical treatments, however, your ear, nose, and throat doctor may recommend endoscopic sinus surgery.
How Does Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Work?
Sinus surgery offers relief by opening, enlarging, or clearing the sinus drainage pathways. It used to be an invasive, hospital-based operation with a long recovery time. Now it’s typically performed on an outpatient basis in a comfortable office setting using local or general anesthesia. Pain is usually minimal — with minor discomfort and some bleeding in the first couple of weeks post-surgery.
What About Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)?
The FESS procedure, a form of endoscopic surgery, does not require external incisions on the face. Using an endoscope and precision instruments, the surgeon works directly in the nose, removing any abnormal or obstructive tissue found in the sinus cavity.
Is Endoscopic Surgery Right for Me?
Determining whether sinus surgery is the right solution for your specific needs starts with a careful diagnostic evaluation by one of our ear, nose, and throat experts. Our board-certified physicians can:
- Discuss your symptoms
- Listen to your concerns
- Explain the benefits and potential risks of endoscopic sinus surgery
- Make recommendations tailored to your needs
You don’t have to live with chronic sinusitis. Schedule your consultation with ENT Physicians and Surgeons today. If surgery is recommended, we will be working closely with Dr. Keith Jorgenson and other area specialists.