Do You Need an Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?

11 Sep 2019 03:37

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Nowadays, millions of people suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis, which unfortunately, cannot always be treated with antihistamines and other over-the-counter or prescription medications. They require surgical interventions in order to improve the natural drainage of the sinuses and there are many types of surgeries from which the doctor can choose the most appropriate: functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FES S), Image guided surgery and Caldwell Luc operation. Endoscopic sinus surgery, also called sinoscopy, is probably the most common surgical intervention which is used to remove blockages in the sinuses which otherwise will cause pain and impaired breathing.

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a relatively new procedure performed with a light and thin instrument which is inserted in the nose and allows doctors to see the and allows the surgeon to monitor the images through an eye piece or monitor screen. The instruments beams light into different parts of the nose and sinuses and the doctor is able to see what is causing blockages. Although different instruments can be used in order to remove the blockages, the endoscopic sinus surgery doesn't involve cutting through the skin as it can be performed by entirely through the nostrils. In thi sconnection, it is worth mentioning that the balloon sinuplasty surgery is a typical endoscopic surgical procedure, a catheter-based system that uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to enlarge sinus passageways. The balloon is inflated which widens the walls of the sinus passageways with the main purpose to restore the sinus drainage without damaging the sinus lining. However, the balloons used in a balloon sinuplasty surgery are quite similar to those used in heart surgeries and the procedure is also recommended to patients with nasal polyps or patients who need the nasal septum straightened, though in these cases, general anesthesia is required.

However, the most important thing about the endoscopic sinus surgery is that the postoperative time frame is quite comfortable, with less pain and the patient can go home in the same day. Furthermore, it is a very effective procedure aimed to correct sinusitis, deviated septum, polyps and tumors. On the other hand, it seems inappropriate for patients with post-nasal drip or allergies that are caused by airborne particles which cannot be avoided, including dust and ragweed. The good aspect I that about 90% experience a considerable reduction in symptoms after a surgical this procedure and taking into consideration that is can be also used to remove small tumors or swellings caused due to uncontrolled growth of the cells, which is likely to become cancerous, endoscopic sinus surgery remains a viable option.

In addition, before resorting to a procedure such as balloon sinuplasty surgery, your doctor should take a detailed medical history and evaluate the entire spectrum of symptoms that have been presented as well as the medications and additional conditions such as high blood pressure, eye diseases or bleeding disorders. And if there is another course of treatment besides the surgical intervention that has not been tried yet, it is worth a shot. If the surgery is the best course of action, it requires a CT scan which opens the road for the endoscopic examination and surgery that will correct the problems.

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