Complications following powered endoscopic sinus surgery: An 11 year study on 1190 patients in a single institute in Israel

Ephraim Eviatar, Koby Pitaro, Haim Gavriel, Daniel Krakovsky

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Background: Over the past 20 years, advances in endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) techniques have led to widespread applications of this technology in both adult and pediatric populations with better results and lower morbidity. Objectives: To update data regarding the rate of minor and major complications following ESS procedures that used powered instrumentation. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of all patients who, with general anesthesia, underwent ESS utilizing powered instrumentation between January 1996 and December 2006. Age, gender, indication for surgery, length of hospitalization, and type and rate of surgical complications were recorded. Results: A total of 1190 patients were included in our study (1309 surgeries). The male:female ratio was 1.7:1.0 and the average age was 39 years (range 4-86 years). The most common indication for surgery was chronic rhinosinusitis. The rate of major complications was 0.31% and that of minor complications 1.37%. The only major complication that occurred was cerebrospinal fluid leak. The minor complications included epistaxis, periorbital emphysema, ecchymosis and mucocele formation. Conclusions: Compared to previously published series, the rate of major and minor complications in our study was low. The results indicate that the use of powered instruments during ESS is safe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-340
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS)
  • Microdebrider
  • Nasal polyposis
  • Powered instrumentation
  • Sinus tumors


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