- Medical Name: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
- Common Name: Sinus surgery, Endoscopic sinus surgery, Endoscopy
- Anesthesia Type: General Anesthesia
- Procedure Duration: 2 hours
- Recovery Time: 1 week
- Procedure Location: Hospital
About Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Sinus surgery is a common surgical procedure performed to relieve breathing problems, nasal congestion and drainage problems (often causing infection), fullness in ears, loss of smell and loss of taste due to inadequate funcionality of the sinuses.
Ideal Candidate for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Dr. Schmid will evaluate your medical history, symptoms and overall general health to see if you are a candidate for surgery. He will perform and endoscopic exam in which he checks your sinuses for swelling, mucus, nasal polyps, redness and other symptoms. A CT scan (a special type of x-ray that gives clear cross sectional views of your sinuses) will be performed at the hospital. These show specific landmarks that reveal the extent of the blockage.
Once you have completed the necessary evaluation and testing, Dr. Schmid will decide the best recommendation for you and if you are a candidate for sinus surgery.
Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Sinus surgery improves ventilation and function of the sinuses resulting in improved breathing function.
How Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is Performed
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery utilizes delicate instruments and magnified endoscopes which are inserted through the nostril to address the involved sinuses.