CHICAGO—Endoscopic sinus surgery is an approach commonly used by otolaryngologists–head and neck surgeons, but for what indications is it the best technique to use—and how has its use evolved over the years? These are some of the questions addressed by three thought leaders during a panel assembled by the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) here at the Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings (COSM).
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Moderator and ARS President-Elect Howard L. Levine, MD, of Cleveland Nasal, Sinus and Sleep (Ohio), explained that the panel was convened because, “The Board of ARS wanted to gain an understanding of the things we all do frequently, and whether what we do is evolving—or should we be evolving?”
Indications Past and Present
Panelist James A. Stankiewicz, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola University Health Systems in Maywood, Ill., began with an overview of recent historical guidelines on indications. “Indications for sinus surgery are divided into relative and absolute indications,” he said. “The objective of this talk is to examine each of these indications and show when surgery has merit.”