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Endoscopic Sinus

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a surgical procedure of removing the sinus tissue and ensuring proper functioning of your sinus. Some of the symptoms of sinus infection are coughing, sore throat, and discharge from the nose. 

In this procedure, the patient is first administered general anesthesia.Then an endoscope is inserted to get a better visual of your sinus tissues. Specialized instruments are used to either remove the polyps, drain the sinus, or straighten the septum.

What is Endoscopic Sinus?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a surgical procedure of clearing out blockages in your sinus tissue and ensuring proper functioning and ventilation of your sinus. Also known as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, it is entirely different from traditional sinus surgeries. This is done with the help of an endoscope, as it allows for better visualization of the sinus. 

Symptoms of Sinusitis

If you show any of the following symptoms, then you may be experiencing sinusitis. These symptoms are:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Obstructed nasal pathway
  • A problem in smelling and tasting
  • Pain in the face
  • Dripping from the nose

When to Visit a Doctor?

If you are having trouble breathing or experiencing other symptoms such as bleeding, decreased sense of smell and taste, or facial pain, then it is advisable to visit a doctor near you.  

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Alwarpet, Chennai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Risk Factors Associated with Endoscopic Sinus

After the surgery is conducted, there are some risks associated with the procedure that may develop. They are:

  • Bleeding -  This is very rare and happens only in a small number of patients. In case there is bleeding, going to your doctor would be the right thing to do. If there is too much bleeding, a blood transfusion may be needed. 
  • Infections - There might be a recurrence of a sinus infection or polyp after the surgery. 
  • Empty Nose Syndrome (ENS) - This is when your nose might be blocked and dry with constant nasal drainage. 
  • Headaches - You might develop a headache after the procedure if it failed to remove the blockage. 
  • Decreased sense of smell - There might be a decreased sense of smell or a permanent loss of smell. 

Preparing for Endoscopic Sinus

Before the surgery

Before the doctor can determine the need for endoscopic surgery, the doctor will take your medical history and conduct a physical exam to understand your symptoms better. Your doctor will recommend a CT scan and blood tests to understand the seriousness of the problem. 

Once these tests are done, the doctor will ask you to stop taking any medication and alcohol ten days before the surgery. The patient should not eat or drink anything 8 hours before the endoscopic surgery. The patient should also have no fever or cold before the surgery. If the patient develops a fever, the doctor should be notified before the surgery. 

During the procedure

The patient is taken to the operation theatre where general anaesthesia will be administered. A tube with a camera is inserted through the nostrils to get a better picture of your sinus. If your sinus is blocked, an instrument is used to drain the liquid from the nostrils by opening the air cells. 

After the procedure

After the surgery, the patient is taken to the observation room where the nurse will observe their vital signs. Once the patient has recovered from anaesthesia, the person will be allowed to go home on the same day. 

After the patient goes home, he/she should rest with their head elevated. There might be some swelling and bleeding from the nose. It is advisable to put an ice pack on the nose to reduce the swelling. You should not blow your nose for two weeks after the surgery. It is advisable to eat light meals till you recover. You will fully recover within one to two months. 

Complications of Endoscopic Sinus

Some minor complications that may arise after this surgery include:

  • Swelling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bleeding
  • Allergies

Conclusion

Endoscopic sinus or Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is a procedure where an endoscope is inserted through the nostril to get a better picture of your nose. Then using specialized instruments, the liquid is drained from the nose by opening the air cells.

If you have trouble breathing, decreased sense of smell and taste, or facial pain, then it is advisable to visit a doctor. After conducting blood tests and a physical exam, the doctor will administer anaesthesia and perform the surgery. Post-operation, there might be some minor complications such as bleeding, swelling, headaches. 

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Alwarpet, Chennai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

References

https://www.medicinenet.com/sinus_surgery/article.htm
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/otolaryngology/specialty_areas/sinus_center/procedures/endoscopic_sinus_surgery.html
https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0901/p707.html

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure is minimally invasive. You will be under anaesthesia during the surgery. After the surgery, you might feel some pain, which is normal.

How long does it take to recover?

It can take up to a month or two to get back to normal.

How do I know if I am eligible for the procedure?

If you suffer from chronic sinus, trouble breathing or smelling and tasting, or facial pain, then you might have to opt for this surgery after getting advice from the doctor.

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