Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

For some, medical therapy will not provide lasting relief from the symptoms of chronic sinusitis and balloon sinus dilation may not be an option.

In these instances, Dr. Walker may suggest endoscopic sinus surgery, or ESS. The goal of ESS, like balloon sinus dilation, is to expand the sinus drainage pathways to help restore drainage and heal the sinus mucosa.

How endoscopic sinus surgery works
Dr. Walker uses an endoscope, inserted through your nostril, to view the passageways and sinus openings, and a series of micro-cutting instruments to remove obstructive or abnormal tissue. This tissue removal expands the openings to the sinuses and the pathways through which sinuses drain, helping to clear sinuses and promote healing.

Clinical benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery
In multiple studies, patients who receive functional endoscopic sinus surgery show a statistically significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life following surgery.

There are a number of approaches to ESS. Should you be a candidate for ESS, Dr. Walker will discuss the option he recommend for you, as well as the risks associated with ESS.

Recovery from endoscopic sinus surgery
Recovery times for ESS vary, based on the extent of the procedure. Many people return to normal activities within one to two weeks following surgery.