Document Type : Short Paper
Department of Medicine and Surgery, Translational and Experimental Medicine Ph. D, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Multimedica, San Giuseppe Hospital, Milano, Italy.
Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences (DBSV), Unit of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Insubria, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi, Varese, Italy.
When dealing with maxillary sinus pathology, some areas of the sinus remain difficult to examine. In this regard, the pre-lacrimal approach is a minimally invasive technique to reach anterolateral areas of the maxillary sinus while preserving the physiological nasal function.
Materials and Methods:
The present study aimed to provide technical hints related to pre-lacrimal approach acquired through a large number of performed procedures.
According to the results, the mucosa incision was performed more anteriorly than the osteotomy using the proposed surgical variant. Moreover, this procedure prevented post-operative annoying symptoms related to the possible presence of an inferior meatotomy.
The pre-lacrimal approach to the maxillary sinus should be considered as a part of the surgical armamentarium to address the maxillary sinus.