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Giselle Zornberg October 15, 2007 gzz57 Impact of Fiber-Optic Scopes on Sinus Surgery Question: What biomedical innovation has had the most impact on sinus surgery in the last 100 years and what does it do? The utilization of fiber-optic scopes has had a tremendous impact on the efficiency and success of sinus surgeries. First used on a patient in 1956, fiber-optics has since proven useful in the field of sinus surgery due to its precise movements and lack of invasiveness. Sinus infections are caused by the blockage of sinuses’ drainage passages, typically due to swollen tissue, which lead to a backup of secretions and cause a sensation of pressure and a predisposition to infection. Thin fiber-optic scopes provide the means to scrape away excess tissue without making an incision. During surgery, doctors pass a fiber-optic scope through the nose to a chamber located behind the nose and between the eyes, where the body’s four major sinuses drain. Before the use of fiber-optic scopes, surgeons would have to open up sinuses, clean out
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