What to expect during endoscopic sphenoidotomy?
Usually, under general anesthesia, a surgeon will use an endoscope to visualize the sinus tissues.
There are three approaches used to locate the sphenoid sinus:
- Through the nasal cavity using an optical telescope for visualization of the sphenoid sinus
- Through the nasal septum that directs the surgeon to the midline of the sphenoid sinus
- Through ethmoidectomy (it requires partial removal of the front wall of the maxillary sinus to visualize the ethmoid and maxillary sinus)
After identifying the sphenoid sinus, the physician enlarges the opening.
What to expect after endoscopic sphenoidotomy?
You can expect the following after the surgery:
- Nasal congestion and discharge
You should avoid doing the following after the surgery:
- Straining or nose blowing
- Heavy lifting
- Taking aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for 2 weeks after the surgery
- Taking steroid nasal sprays unless prescribed by your surgeon