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Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Treatment & Diagnostics in Chembur, Mumbai

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed to remove obstructions from the sinuses. Blockage in sinus cavities can lead to sinusitis, wherein the sinus mucous membrane swells up and gets blocked. 

Sinusitis can be quite painful and may hinder normal breathing. To seek treatment, you can search for an endoscopic sinus specialist near me or for an ENT hospital near me.

What do we need to know about endoscopic sinus surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed by ENT doctors, also known as otolaryngologists. They are specialized in ear, nose and throat diseases and their surgeries. If you spot any visible deformity in the nose or if you feel you have lost the sense of smell or have difficulty in breathing through your nose, you must visit an ENT hospital to diagnose and detect the problem. Your ENT doctor will ask for certain tests to determine the cause.

The main goals of an endoscopic sinus surgery are to:

  • Improve the nasal drainage
  • Enhance the airflow through the nose
  • Reduce the sinus infections
  • Improve the sense of smell and taste 
  • Relieve symptoms associated with sinus

Why do we need endoscopic sinus surgery?

When medications fail to relieve and cure chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery turns out to be a saviour. Overall, endoscopic sinus surgery helps in alleviating the symptoms associated with:

  • Turbinate hypertrophy: It is the excessive growth and enlargement of the turbinates in the nose. Turbinates are the structures of bones located inside the nose.
  • Sinusitis: The blockage in the sinus cavities is known as sinusitis. 
  • Nasal tumors and polyps: Nasal polyps are the soft growths in the nasal passage. These are mostly painless but nasal polyps may turn into tumors and so they need to be removed. 

When do you need to see a doctor?

If you are facing breathing difficulties or have chronic sinusitis symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Chembur, Mumbai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

How is endoscopic sinus surgery performed?

For endoscopic sinus surgery, an ENT surgeon uses general anesthesia or local anesthesia. Along with the ENT surgeon, there are anesthesiologists, general surgeons and nurses in the operating team.

During endoscopic sinus surgery, an endoscope is inserted into the nose which can provide clarity on the internal condition of the nose. Along with the endoscope, other surgical instruments are inserted into the nose for the surgery. 

The bone, cartilage or any other material obstructing the sinus openings are removed. Also, if there is any growth of nasal polyps in the mucus membrane, it is also removed. In some of the cases, lasers are used for tissues obstructing the sinus openings. A tiny rotating burr for scraping may also be used in some cases. 

The instruments used for endoscopic sinus surgery completely depend upon the nasal problem to be dealt with.

What are the risks?

Few of them are:

  • Recurrence of the sinus problem 
  • Recurrence of nasal tumor or polyp
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Secondary atrophic rhinitis
  • Nasal blockage and infection
  • Failure to bring back the sense of smell or taste 
  • Failure to ease the nasal or sinus headaches
  • Empty nose syndrome
  • Eye area or brain injury


Endoscopic sinus surgery is more beneficial than traditional open sinus surgery. Endoscopic sinus surgery causes a small scar which fades with time. Endoscopic sinus surgery is also less painful, requires a shorter hospital stay and ensures faster recovery. 

Is endoscopic sinus surgery always successful?

Endoscopic sinus surgery shows a positive outcome in 90 out of 100 individuals. It is most successful when followed with medications to avoid a sinus infection in future.

How long does it take to recover?

The period of recovery after the surgery completely depends upon the criticality level. However, most individuals take around 3 to 5 days to be back to normal.

How much time does endoscopic sinus surgery take?

The endoscopic sinus surgery usually takes around 45 to 90 minutes.

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