What's endoscopic sinus surgery and is there a non-endoscopic surgery?

Minimally invasive. Endoscopic sinus surgery means using a telescope with a camera to look in the nose while doing surgery. It makes the surgery safer and easier.
Endoscopic=Cameras. Endoscopic sinus surgery is sinus surgery done with cameras, and usually done via the nostrils for access (no incisions). Almost 100% of all sinus surgery is done endoscopically because it offers better visualization of the sinuses, no incisions, faster recovery, less bleeding, the list goes on. Rarely an incision is necessary for severe sinus disease, but this is easily <1%.

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What is the recovery for endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty like?

About 2 to 3 weeks. Endoscopic sinus surgery associated with a septoplasty takes about 2 to 3 weeks to heal. The healing process is dependent on the extent of the pathology in your sinuses and the extent of the surgical procedure. Your sinus surgeon will have the answers to your questions. Read more...
Variable. Usually the days you are packed are rough because only breathing by mouth. I only pack one night so i try to minimize discomfort for my patients. Once packs are out just a bit swollen and raw in your nose and esp. At the tip. Moisture is important during that time. With my minimally invasive techniques, patients are surprised as to how quickly they recover. More details at www.Socalsinus.Com. Read more...
Days/weeks. Septoplasty, surgery for a deviated septum, and endoscopic sinus surgery can help improve nasal breathing, congestion, or snoring for appropriate patients. The initial healing is relatively quick, with patients commonly back to work within a few days. Patients are still healing after this period, but have more or less returned to daily function. Read more...

What is the difference between endoscopic sinus surgery and a balloon sinuplasty? (for chronic sinusitis)

Sinus Surgery. Balloon sinuplasty - minimally invasive technique, uses a small balloon inflated to widen blocked passages, generally has less bleeding and shorter recovery time. Endoscopic sinus surgery - uses a small camera to visually examined the sinuses. Tiny surgical instruments inserted to remove obstructive tissues, does not require any incision as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. Read more...
Sinus Surgery. Balloon sinuplasty - minimally invasive technique, uses a small balloon inflated to widen blocked passages, generally has less bleeding and shorter recovery time. Endoscopic sinus surgery - uses a small camera to visually examined the sinuses. Tiny surgical instruments inserted to remove obstructive tissues, does not require any incision as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. Read more...
Small difference . In balloon sinuplasty we just dilate the natural sinus openings with a balloon. There is no cutting or removal of tissue. In endoscopic sinus surgery we usually remove various blockages along the sinus openings and widen these openings so they do not block up. Balloon can really only be used in certain patients with mild chronic sinusitis, no polyps, no ethmoid sinus disease and no septal deviati. Read more...
Same except. Main difference is that the equipment used may differ. The balloon implies that you will be using a balloon catheter to open sinus passages. Read more...

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty biopsy report says chronic polynomial rhinosinusitis with native bony septum. What does that mean?

Sinus infection. The term "polynomial" is probably supposed to be "poly microbial", but basically it sounds like you simply had a sinus infection, which is the main indication to get that surgery. Individual circumstances may vary and you should always review your lab results with your own physician. Read more...
FESS path report. That is the pathology report confirming you suffered from sinusitis and that some of the septal bone was removed. Read more...