Innovations in otology
Exciting advances in endoscopic surgery techniques offer useful new options for ear surgery patients.
In the 1980s, two Austrian rhinologists added functional concepts of sinonasal mucociliary patterns to endoscopic endonasal surgical interventions, previously published by two German rhinologists.1 Thus was the birth of functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
Today, this approach is the gold standard in sinonasal disease surgery. Why did a similar transition not occur in ear surgery?
Otologic surgery had been dominated by the operating microscope from the