Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Works
Anecdotal evidence is one thing; rigorous studies are another. Many of us who have been offering endoscopic sinus surgery for years could tell you that patients are typically glowing in their reviews. This safe and simple procedure can help to permanently open sinuses and promote healthy drainage, alleviating many years of pain in a single afternoon. But until recently, it was hard to find good controlled studies that supported the evidence so many of us saw in our operating rooms.
It’s here. A recent Wall Street Journal article delves deeply into the statistics supporting endoscopic sinus surgery, and the results are impressive indeed:
In a 130-patient study published online earlier this year, Dr. Smith and his colleagues found that patients who chose sinus surgery over continued medical management without surgery had a higher quality of life, fewer missed days of work and lower usage of steroids and antibiotics. “There has been nothing short of a revolution in our ability to treat the sinuses,” Dr. Smith says.
Much of this benefit is due to the procedure itself – use of the endoscope allows the full procedure to be conducted through a tiny tube, greatly reducing scarring, bleeding, and recovery time. Although patients should still expect to wait a few weeks before they can resume doing everything, there is no question that this minimal footprint approach represents a watershed in our treatment of chronic sinusitis.
If you have suffered too long with sinus pain, headaches, or pressure, it may be time to look into a lasting fix. My Los Angeles endoscopic sinus surgery office is among the most experienced in the nation, and we always take the time to explain every step and listen to your concerns. Please contact me today to schedule a consultation.