Endoscopic sinus surgery
Most sinus surgery today is preformed endoscopically. This involves using tiny telescopes to look up into the nose and into the sinus cavities. These small telescopes along with small microsurgical instruments can be used to open and go into the sinus cavities and clean the sinuses out.
Puss, polyps and the like can be removed and sent to pathology for examination. This type of sinus surgery is usually reserved for children who do not respond to conventional methods of treatment with antibiotics or allergy treatment.
The advantage of this type of surgery is that it enables the surgeon to look directly into your child’s sinus passageways and remove any abnormal findings as well as to correct any bony or anatomical abnormalities.
This type of surgery causes little pain to the patient after the procedure, and there are no incisions or black or blue marks on the face or eyes.
What conditions might require endoscopic sinus surgery?
If your child has one of the following conditions, she may need endoscopic sinus surgery:
- anatomical (bony) abnormalities of the nose or sinus cavities
- nasal polyps
- deviation of the nasal septum
- fungal infections
- cystic fibrosis