Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Specialist

Richard Ruiz, MD

Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgeon located in Temecula, CA

When you need surgery to treat a sinus or nasal problem, endoscopic sinus surgery is a simple, in-office procedure that provides long-term relief. Richard Ruiz M.D., Inc. has extensive experience in performing endoscopic sinus surgery to treat chronic sinusitis, repair a deviated septum, and address other nasal problems. To learn whether this type of minimally invasive surgery can provide the long-term relief you need, call the office in Temecula, California or book an appointment online.

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What is endoscopic sinus surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed using a very thin, fiber-optic tube. Dr. Ruiz inserts this device, called an endoscope, through your nostrils, so surgery can be performed without incisions or scarring.

The endoscope contains lighting and a video camera that gives Dr. Ruiz a detailed and magnified image of the tissues inside your nose and nasal passages. Then, Dr. Ruiz inserts specially designed surgical instruments along the endoscope to perform your procedure.

Endoscopic surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day. In about 90% of cases, Dr. Ruiz can perform the procedure in the comfort of his office.

When do I need endoscopic sinus surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery effectively corrects sinus problems by rebuilding or rerouting structures and removing polyps or damaged tissues. You may need endoscopic surgery to treat:

  • Chronic sinusitis: persistent inflammation blocks sinuses, causing an infection
  • Deviated septum: the cartilage separating the nostrils is crooked
  • Nasal polyps: non-cancerous growths that block nasal passages and sinus drainage
  • Tumors: abnormal cellular growth in the nasal cavity or sinuses

Once these nasal problems have been corrected with endoscopic sinus surgery, airflow through your nose and sinuses will improve and mucus can drain properly. As a result, patients gain long-term benefits such as:

  • Cleared nasal passage
  • Improved breathing
  • Elimination of chronic infections
  • A restored sense of smell and taste
  • Relief from facial pain and tenderness

Your overall quality of life improves following endoscopic sinus surgery, as you can finally get a good night’s sleep and restore your energy.

What should I expect during and after endoscopic sinus surgery?

Prior to your surgery, Dr. Ruiz discusses your anesthesia options and explains the endoscopic procedure needed to treat your underlying problem. You’ll learn what steps are performed during surgery and whether Dr. Ruiz will irrigate your sinuses and nasal passages after the procedure.

Even though you go home the same day as your surgery, you’ll need to plan some recovery time. The amount of time needed depends on your procedure.

If you have questions about sinus symptoms and whether endoscopic sinus surgery can help you, call Richard Ruiz M.D., Inc. or book an appointment online.