Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD, PA
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery                                                              Phone: 713 464 2614
1140 Business Center Drive, Suite 560
Houston, TX 77043                                                               
External Ethmoidectomy
Informed Consent
Although most chronic ethmoid sinus infections are amenable to endoscopic sinus surgery or intranasal ethmoidectomy, external ethmoidectomy is still useful in certain situations.   It is an operation designed to gain access to the ethmoid sinuses via an external incision placed between the corner of the eye and the nose. This operation is indicated for cleaning irreversible mucosal disease in the sinus, recurrent sinus disease, polyposis, chronic obstruction to the drainage of infection from the sinuses and sometimes, as an approach to the sphenoid and pituitary gland. Occasionally, this operation is also performed to remove a mucocele or a tumor of the ethmoids. Complications include postoperative bleeding, orbital complications (eyelid swelling, visual impairment or double vision), intracranial extension (brain damage or infection), leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, excessive tearing, scar formation,  persistent or recurrent nasal obstruction due to failure to manage polyps and recurrent nasal or sinus infections.

I have discussed the risks, benefits and alternatives of the procedure/treatment to the patient/patient representative. I answered the patient’s/patient’s representative’s questions regarding the procedure/treatment.

I/We have been given an opportunity to ask questions about my condition, alternative forms of treatment, risks of non-treatment, the procedures to be used, and the risks and hazards involved, and I/we have sufficient information to give this informed consent. I/We certify this form has been fully explained to me/us, and I/we understand its contents. I/We understand every effort will be made to provide a positive outcome, but there are no guarantees.

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