The endoscopy represents a minimally invasive procedure that helps the physician examine the nasal and sinus cavities. If you choose ENT for Children for your son or daughter’s endoscopy, our skilled staff will make sure to make the entire experience as comfortable as possible for your child.
What is an endoscopy?
The medical procedure involves examining the nasal and sinus passages by directly visualizing the interior surfaces of the organ or tissue. The endoscopy is preferable to the standard examination with a speculum and flashlight, as it allows a direct view of the deeper internal anatomy and central airways of the nose and sinuses. The intervention is mostly performed in the doctor’s office and very rarely in the operating room.
In addition to improved visualization, the procedure ensures better navigation to pathologically affected areas. Therefore, the physician will be able to provide a more accurate diagnostic examiantion. Lastly, the endoscopy permits the otolaryngologist to capture and document images for each patient.
What is a nasal endoscope?
The nasal endoscope is a thin tube(may be rigid or flexible) through which fiber optic cables are inserted for illumination. The medical device is connected to a light source and a camera, both having the role of projecting the images on a monitor. The tip of the medical instrument is designed to allow the otolaryngologist to look straight into the nose. Take note that the nasal endoscope is available in small diameters for examination of little noses.
When is an endoscopy performed?
The endoscopy has the role of identifying sinonasal conditions. To be more precise, the physician will be performing the procedure in the following situations:
- To identify diseases in children that present sinonasal symptoms
- To evaluate the child’s response to a treatment
- To assess the presence of an unilateral condition
- To determine the presence and risk of complication for children with sinusitis
- To obtain a sample of secretion from the nasal cavity
- To remove mucus and fibrin that obstruct the nasal and sinus cavities
- To evaluate and perform a biopsy for lesions and nasal masses
Is the procedure painful?
When performed by an experienced physician, the procedure is rarely painful. Take note that children with narrow nostrils or those who experience swelling in the nasal lining could experience discomfort and pain for a few seconds.
What are the risks associated with an endoscopy?
Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, there are no contraindications regarding the endoscopy. However, for children with bleeding disorders and for those who are taking anticoagulants, caution is advised.
If you suspect your child is suffering from a condition affecting the nasal and sinus cavities, don’t hesitate to contact us. Dr. Samadi will provide you with all the details regarding the procedure and recommend the most suitable treatment for your child’s condition.