Endoscopic Sinus Surgery in Tuscaloosa
In the past, sinus surgery was much more invasive, often involving incisions in the face or mouth. Now, with them any advancements made in the medical field, there are much less invasive options, including endoscopic sinus surgery. The most common cause for endoscopic sinus surgery is chronic sinusitis.
What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
Endoscopic sinus surgery, or ESS, is used to expand drainage passageways in the sinuses using an endoscope. This procedure is minimally invasive and is a popular option for those suffering from chronic sinusitis.
Who is a Good Candidate for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
Good candidates for endoscopic sinus surgery are individuals who are suffering from chronic sinusitis. This condition occurs when viruses, fungus, or bacteria infect the sinuses. When this occurs, the sinus lining becomes swollen, which can interfere with the sinuses’ ability to drain. This can cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses and nose, causing the following symptoms:
- Nasal congestion
- Tenderness or pain in the face
- Loss of smell
- Sore throat
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
During endoscopic sinus surgery, an endoscope, or a small tube with a camera attached, is inserted into the nose. This allows the doctor to see inside of the sinuses, and remove any blockages of the sinus openings and remove polyps on the mucous membrane. This procedure usually takes between 30-90 minutes.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Recovery
Patients will experience minor discomfort and bleeding during the first two weeks after the procedure. Patients may also have their nose packed with gauze to absorb any drainage. A nasal spray may be recommended to reduce inflammation. Patients may have their nose lightly packed with absorbable gelatin to absorb any drainage.
A follow-up visit to the surgeon will be necessary after three weeks to remove any dried blood and mucus that has accumulated. You will be given specific recovery instructions by your ENT physician to ensure optimal recovery.
If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis and believe you may be a good candidate for endoscopic sinus surgery, contact our office today. Our ENT specialists in Tuscaloosa will take the time to educate you on the procedure, as well as answer any questions you may have.