Endoscopic nose and sinus Surgery
Now, thanks to advances in technology using the endoscope, the surgery is done entirely through the nose and there is no need for a facial cut. The endoscope, which is attached to a camera, enters the nose and sends images to the screen. Today, endoscopic nasal and sinus surgery is performed with the least scarring, low back pain, and a short recovery period.
The surgery is used to identify the narrow ducts between the sinuses and the nose, to open the narrower ducts and to improve the flow of sinuses to the nose. Its goals include reducing the severity of sinus infections, reducing the symptoms of sinusitis, improving nasal air flow, and restoring the sense of smell. This surgery is often performed to treat inflammation and sinus infection.
The reasons for endoscopic surgery include:
Chronic sinusitis that is not treated with medication
Removal of some tumors
Treatment of cerebrospinal fluid leakage
Reduce pressure on the optic nerve
Control nasal bleeding
Post-operative care of nose and sinus endoscopy
Endoscopic nasal and sinus surgery is usually performed with general anesthesia. Topical anesthesia is performed by anesthetizing the nasal cavity and sinus. The length of the recovery period varies with the type of operation and person. Some people do not feel pain after surgery, but in those with more severe pain, painkillers may be recommended. Postoperative discomfort, pain and mild bleeding are normal. These symptoms gradually improve in the first few days after surgery and may persist for several weeks after surgery.
During the postoperative recovery period of antibiotic use, gas can be used to control nasal bleeding and nasal spray to reduce inflammation. Care that is recommended during recovery is:
Avoid heavy activities that increase the risk of bleeding.
It is recommended to use humidifier to keep bedroom air humid.
Avoid sneezing your nose.
Mild bleeding 1 to 2 days after surgery is normal. See your doctor if you have excessive bleeding.
After surgery, especially on the first night, keep your head raised using extra pillows to reduce inflammation and bleeding.
- Avoid fining.
- You usually need to see your doctor about a week or so after surgery.
When medications are not responsive and need surgery, endoscopic surgery is an effective way to treat chronic sinusitis. In most patients, surgery improves symptoms and effectively treats nasal and sinus diseases.