Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: What You Need to Know

What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?

sinusitis suffererWhile we at the NY Sinus Center feel that endoscopic surgery can be overused, it is also a real life saver for people suffering from nasal polyps, deviated septums, or chronic sinusitis.

During endoscopic sinus surgery, a small tube—or endoscope—is placed in the nose, allowing the otolaryngologist to investigate the state of the sinuses. The doctor determines where the sinuses are blocked, and uses surgical tools to remove these blockages. This allows the mucus to move freely out of the sinuses and the nose, which can eliminate sinusitis.

In addition to removing sinus blockages, endoscopic surgery can also:

  • Eliminate facial pain
  • Improve breathing
  • Improve your sense of smell

Because the surgery doesn’t involve cutting the skin, most people can go home the same day, and recovery time is rapid. It is fairly uncommon to have side effects from endoscopic surgery, but of course it can happen. You’ll want to contact your doctor right away if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Eye trouble

Are you considering sinus surgery? If so, we’re happy to talk with you about this decision. It can be challenging to weed through the online information to figure out if this surgery will really work for you, and we can help you make an informed decision. Plus, we may be able to recommend novel treatments that other sinus doctors are unaware of. If you’re considering it, contact us today.

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