What Is Rhinology?

Rhinology is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) subspecialty which focuses exclusively on disorders of the nose, sinuses, and skull base (the area between the sinuses and brain). By specializing, rhinologists can provide advanced insight into physiological processes and the proficient skill necessary in navigating complex anatomy.

Rhinology is a relatively new field that has significantly progressed over the last decade with technological advances that improve visualization. Endoscopy and other minimally invasive techniques afford access to hard-to-reach anatomy while avoiding facial incisions and scars – even for the largest tumors and lesions. Recovery time is quicker, there is less post-operative pain and discomfort, and other therapies, such as radiation therapy, can be started sooner.

Endoscopic sinus surgery for inflammatory conditions has also advanced. Refinement of techniques makes this an outpatient procedure for most patients. There is no traditional packing in the nose after surgery. Bleeding is significantly less and recovery is faster and more comfortable.