About Endoscopic Surgery
Sinusitis is a condition in which the sinuses become inflamed due to bacteria, viral or fungal infection. Your sinuses are air-filled spaces that are located in various parts of the skull including behind the nasal bones, the forehead, the eyes and the cheeks. These spaces are lined with mucous membranes that should be free of germs. Healthy sinuses are able to circulate air properly and to drain mucous without causing any blockages or infections. Infections can occur when an excess amount of mucous builds up and/or when the sinuses become blocked.
While symptoms of sinusitis are often short-lived, some people experience symptoms that are not alleviated even after several months of treatment. In these cases, endoscopic surgery may need to be performed by an ENT surgeon.
Endoscopic surgery, also known as sinoscopy or endoscopy, is a procedure designed to remove any blockages in the sinuses. During the procedure, an ENT specialist using a small instrument called an endoscope, which is inserted into the nose. This instrument allows the specialist to determine where the blockages are. Once the blockages are found, surgical instruments are used to remove them.
Endoscopic surgery is relatively non-invasive in that it does not require the ENT surgeon to cut through the skin. The entire procedure is performed through the nostrils. As a result, most patients receive this surgery on an out-patient basis allowing them to go home on the same day of the surgery.
Schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist in Sydney if you are experiencing the following symptoms of sinusitis:
- Persistent nasal congestion and discharge
- Bad breath
- Loss of smell
- Facial pain
- Sore throat
- Postnasal drip
- Cough that gets worse at night
- A cold that does not improve or that becomes worse after about a week