Sinus Endoscopic Surgery
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is a surgical procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses. These blockages can cause sinusitis, in which the sinus mucous membranes swell and become blocked, causing pain, drainage and impaired breathing.
Sinuses are cavities inside a person's skull that are situated around the eyes and nose and within the front of the face.
Sinus surgery is a procedure that aims to open the pathways of the sinuses and clear blockages. This is an option for people with ongoing and recurrent sinus infections, for people with abnormal sinus structure, or abnormal growths in the sinus.
Reasons for Sinus Surgery:
The goal of the surgery is to remove whatever is blocking the drainage pathways of the sinuses. This may include removing:
Thin pieces of bone
Swollen or damaged tissue
Tumors or growths blocking the nasal or sinus passage
The most common type of Sinus Surgery is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. However, there are other procedures that may be carried out:
ESS is carried out with a tool called an endoscope. This is an illuminated, thin fiber-optic tube. The endoscope is inserted into the nose to reach the openings of the sinuses.
Micro-telescopes and surgical instruments can then be passed down the endoscope and used to carry out the procedure. The surgeon will use these tools to remove obstructive tissues and other blockages to clear the sinuses.