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Endoscopic surgery for nasal obstruction

Sinus surgery

Endoscopic surgery can help to widen sinus openings and alleviate symptoms of nasal obstruction and sinusitis.

About

Many people experience nasal obstruction – it is the main symptom of a common cold and means that air has difficulty travelling through the nasal airways. When this persists, it can be painful and cause breathing difficulties and can also be a symptom of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Endoscopic surgery is proven to be an effective treatment.

Need to know

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    Also known as endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS), this procedure uses an endoscope – a thin, illuminated, flexible tube that can look deep inside the body. This allows the consultant to get a better view of the inside of your nose. Using special instruments, they will enlarge the sinus openings by removing abnormal tissues to improve airflow and drainage in the nasal passages. After the procedure, they may put a dressing or splints inside your nose.
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    The treatment is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep. It takes one to two hours.

    It is generally a very safe and simple procedure, but in some cases, there may be some risks and side effects involved. These may include:

    • bleeding – a small amount of bleeding for around a week after the operation is common. Speak to your consultant if it goes on for longer than a month or is very heavy.
    • infection – sometimes the operation can cause swelling in the sinuses, leading to infection.
    • pain – you may feel some pain or discomfort, which can generally be treated with mild painkillers.
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    You should be able to go home on the day of your operation, although it’s sometimes necessary to stay in overnight.

    Your nose is likely to continue to feel blocked for some time after the treatment. Try not to blow your nose for at least a week afterwards - a nasal spray may be provided to help clear your nose and reduce the chances of infection. You can also rinse your nose with salt water to help to keep it clean.

    It’s a good idea to take up to one week off work to give you time to recover.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • 120 Old Broad Street

    120 Old Broad Street

    120 Old Broad Street

    London

    EC2N 1AR

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Facility

    The Endoscopy Centre

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London

    W1U 5NY

    Call 020 7079 4344

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7908 8003
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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