If you suffer from recurring sinusitis and infections then sinus surgery may be the right choice for you. Our team of Atlanta ENT Experts are known worldwide for a delicate touch and deep experience in endoscopic sinus surgery.
Developed in the 1950s, the nasal endoscope has revolutionized sinusitis surgery. In the past, the surgical strategy was to remove all sinus mucosa from the major sinuses. The use of an endoscope is linked to the theory that the best way to obtain normal, healthy sinuses is to open the natural pathways to the sinuses. Once an improved drainage system is achieved, the diseased sinus mucosa has an opportunity to return to normal.
FESS involves the insertion of the endoscope (a very thin fiber-optic tube) into the nose for a direct, visual examination of the openings into the sinuses. With state-of-the art micro-telescopes and instruments, abnormal and obstructive tissues are then removed. In the majority of cases, the surgical procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving no external scars. There is little swelling and only mild discomfort.
A big advantage of the procedure is that it is less extensive than traditional sinus surgery, there is often less removal of normal tissues, and it can frequently be performed on an outpatient basis. After the operation, the patient will sometimes need nasal packing (application of gauze or cotton packs to the nasal chambers). Ten days after the procedure, nasal irrigation may be recommended to prevent crusting.
Image Guided Surgery
The sinuses are physically close to the brain, the eye and major arteries, which are always areas of concern when a fiber optic tube is inserted into the sinus region. The use of a new technology, image guided endoscopic surgery, is alleviating that concern. This type of surgery may be recommended for severe forms of chronic sinusitis, in cases when previous sinus surgery has altered anatomical landmarks, or where a patient's sinus anatomy is very unusual, making typical surgery difficult.
Image guidance is a near three-dimensional mapping system that combines computed tomography (CT) scans and real-time information about the exact position of surgical instruments using infrared signals. In this way, surgeons can navigate their surgical instruments through complex sinus passages and provide surgical relief more precisely. Image guidance uses some of the same stealth principles used by the United States Armed Forces to guide bombs to their target.
Caldwell Luc operation: Another option is the Caldwell-Luc operation, which relieves chronic sinusitis by improving the drainage of the maxillary sinus, one of the cavities beneath the eye. The maxillary sinus is entered through the upper jaw above one of the second molar teeth. A "window" is created to connect the maxillary sinus with the nose, thus improving drainage. The operation is named after American physician, George Caldwell, and French laryngologist, Henry Luc, and is most often performed when a malignancy is present in the sinus cavity.
To obtain the best treatment option, the physician needs to properly assess the patient's history and symptoms and then progress through a structured physical examination. Please make an appointment with our doctors at 404-257-1589 to discuss your symptoms and determine what treatments are appropriate for you.
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Endoscopic Surgery Questions
What is Endoscopic Surgery?
The nasal endoscope is a modern medical device used during nasal and sinus surgery. Endoscopic surgery allows for minimally invasive procedures to occur in-office to treat a variety of conditions.
What is Image-Guided Surgery?
Image-guided endoscopic surgery is a new technique that allows the surgeon to see inside the sinuses in real-time. This procedure is commonly used for chronic sinusitis, patients who have had previous sinus surgery, and patients with abnormal sinus anatomy.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Endoscopic ENT Surgery?
ENT endoscopic surgery can be used to treat various nasal and sinus conditions, including nasal polyps, chronic sinusitis, nasal congestion, nasal obstructions, and nasal tumors.
Where Can Endoscopic Surgery Be Done?
Because nasal endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, many ENT surgeons perform ENT endoscopy in their offices. Please visit our website for more information about how to book a consultation about ENT endoscopy.
What are the Benefits of Endoscopic Surgery?
Nasal endoscopy allows for real-time assessment and treatment for nasal and sinus conditions. Endoscopy is minimally invasive, low risk, and can be done in-office.
How Do I Book A Consultation for Endoscopic Surgery?
Many of our ENT surgeons offer in-office nasal endoscopy. For more information about how to book a consultation appointment, please visit our website or call our Atlanta office at (404) 257-1589.
How Do I Pick the Best ENT Surgeon for Endoscopic Surgery?
Selecting the right ENT surgeon for you is an important part of getting the best treatment. For more information about choosing your ENT specialist, please read our 2021 Guide for Choosing the Best ENT Doctors in Atlanta.