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Common Conditions and Treatment Options

Common Conditions and Treatment Options

Common Conditions:

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Computer assisted surgery (CAS) can aid surgical teams in the following procedures[1]:

  • Revision sinus surgery
  • Distorted sinus anatomy
  • Extensive sino-nasal polyposis
  • Pathology involving the frontal, posterior ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses
  • Disease abutting the skull base, orbit, optic nerve or carotid artery
  • Cerebral spinal fluid rhinorrhea or conditions where there is a skull base defect
  • Benign and malignant sino-nasal neoplasms

Treatment Options:

Today, sinus surgery may be performed entirely through the nostrils without the need for external facial incisions. A procedure known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) makes it possible.  By inserting an endoscope (thin fiber-optic tube connected to a video camera) into a patient’s sinuses, surgeons are given a live, visual examination of the area. Instruments can then remove diseased, abnormal, or obstructive tissue.

CAS technology may be used to support FESS procedures. For example, the surgeon can pinpoint the location of the surgical instruments at all times during a procedure.  This additional level of guidance helps deliver surgical precision, especially when operating close to the brain, eyes and major arteries.  CAS may also serve to enhance a surgeon’s visualization when faced with abnormal or complex anatomy altered by previous sinus surgery.


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