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Endoscopic sinus surgery is a type of surgery. It removes small bits of bone or other things that can block sinuses. This opens up your sinuses and may relieve your symptoms.
To do the surgery, your doctor puts a lighted tube into your nose. This is called an endoscope, or scope. It lets the doctor see your sinuses. Then the doctor puts special tools in the scope. He or she uses these to remove whatever is blocking your sinuses.
Most people go home a few hours after surgery. But it may take 1 to 2 months before you feel completely normal. You can probably return to work in about 1 week and your normal routine in 3 weeks. But it depends on the type of work you do and how complex your surgery was.
After surgery, you will see your doctor to check how well you are healing. He or she may use an endoscope to look at your sinuses again. Or he or she may need to take out scar tissue or clean your sinuses. Doing these things can help sinuses heal.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: December 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
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