Nose and paranasal sinusesErasorama surgeryMay, Mark MD; Schaitkin, Barry M. MDAuthor Information University of Pittsburgh Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Correspondence to Mark May, MD, University of Pittsburgh Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside, 5200 Center Avenue, Suite 211, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, USA; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: February 2002 - Volume 10 - Issue 1 - p 19-21 Buy Abstract The current practice of endonasal surgery has evolved from a time of external procedures to a near-uniform acceptance of endoscopic techniques. Unlike endoscopic procedures in other surgical disciplines, however, this has not necessarily been associated with a minimally invasive philosophy. Functioning respiratory mucosa has been resected in the name of the restoration of function. When taken to its extreme, the sequela of this lack of respiratory mucosa leads to a nasal cripple. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.