The purpose of endoscopic sinus surgery is to open the passages of the sinuses allowing for proper drainage to the nose. It is called an endoscopic procedure because the doctor uses an endoscope (a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end) to view the inside of the nose. Small incisions or cuts are made to allow the scope to pass. The cuts are usually made inside of the nose. The doctor may create new passages or open existing ones by removing polyps, cysts, or thickened mucous membranes.
The following are some of the symptoms that may indicate a need for you to promptly contact your child's doctor:
A visit with your child's doctor will be scheduled for one to two weeks after surgery and then again several more times in the months after surgery to make sure that the nose is healing properly. Consult your child's doctor if you have any questions.
If you or your child is having a procedure at Children’s National, we encourage you to learn more about having surgery (Having Surgery) prior to your visit.
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