What happens During Surgery?
The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic but a local anaesthetic can be used. The operation usually takes 1 to 2 hours.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed through your nostrils and does not result in any facial scars or changes to the outside shape of your nose.
Your surgeon will use a small telescope (endoscope) to examine your nasal passages. They will use instruments to remove any polyps and to widen the passages from your sinuses into your nose.
How long will I stay in hospital?
You should be able to go home the same day.
What is my recovery time?
If you had non-dissolvable packing in your nose, you will need to stay overnight and the packing will be removed the next morning.
Do not blow your nose for at least a week. Your nose will continue to feel blocked for a few weeks.
Your surgeon will give you a nasal spray or drops for you to use. You may be given a course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
Most people make a good recovery.