What is Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?
Endoscopic sinus surgery, or ESS, is a surgical procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses. An endoscope, a thin camera rod with a light on the end, will be used to magnify and see inside the sinuses. Specialized instruments will then be used to remove any sinus blockages such as nasal polyps or scar tissue. Straightening the septum and reducing the size of the turbinates may also be done, if required. ESS does not involve cutting through the skin, as it is performed completely through the nostrils. If your doctor decides that you are a candidate for this procedure, they will discuss with you their recommendations, along with the associated risks.
Are there other options?
Additionally, there is a procedure that utilizes balloons to widen the sinus openings. This minimally invasive procedure, as with ESS, is done entirely through the nostrils, and in most cases can greatly shorten the recovery period.