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How Does Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Differ From Traditional Surgeries?

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:18

There are other types of surgeries that can correct blockages in the nose and sinuses, but endoscopic sinus surgery is becoming the procedure of choice for more and more doctors.

Compared to other more traditional methods, endoscopic sinus surgery:

  • Is less painful
  • Leaves no visible scars
  • Causes less bleeding
  • Creates less discomfort after surgery
  • Requires less packing in the nose after surgery
  • Has a faster recovery period
  • Has a higher success rate

When sinus surgery was first performed, surgeons would have to reach the sinuses by entering through the cheek area. This often caused scarring and possible disfigurement. In another traditional procedure, surgeons enter the sinus through the upper jaw.

In the past, it was thought that the damaged sinus tissues could never function normally again and had to be removed. Now, it is believed that as long as enough room is created for air to properly pass through the nose, the sinuses can once again do their job. Therefore, the objective of endoscopic sinus surgery is to do as little as necessary to restore the normal function of the sinuses.

Nice To Know

Q. I had traditional sinus surgery a few years ago, but I still have sinusitis symptoms. Can I have endoscopic sinus surgery?

A. Yes. If your doctor recommends it, it is safe for you to have endoscopic sinus surgery even if you've had a different type of sinus surgery in the past.


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