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Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?

In a condition called chronic sinusitis, patients have sinus openings which swell, become clogged, and do not drain well. This condition results in chronic infection and chronic symptoms. These symptoms include facial pain, nasal obstruction, postnasal drainage, decreased sense of smell and taste, headache, fatigue and malaise, and sometimes asthma or lower pulmonary problems. Antibiotics often give temporary relief, however, are not long-term cures for the underlying problem.

The ENT Specialty Center offers a comprehensive evaluation and management of this disorder. The diagnosis is made with a combination of patient history, physical examination, and a CAT scan of the paranasal sinuses. Stepwise treatment is then begun. Patients are often first treated medically with nasal rinses, antibiotics, nasal steroids, and if clinically indicated an allergy evaluation. Should patients not respond to medical therapy, surgery may be recommended.

Dr. Fitzgerald uses minimally invasive sinonasal techniques. Virtually all the procedures are performed with a nasal endoscope. Techniques are minimally invasive and often are noninvasive with the use of novel dilators to non-surgically dilate sinus openings. Patients are often allowed to go home the same day and miss a very limited amount of work or school.

The procedure is often quite effective at improving nasal breathing, reducing or eliminating infection, improving sense of smell or taste, and reducing the incidence of lower pulmonary complications and infections.
 

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