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Endoscopic DCR Surgery

In this operation -- also called endoscopic endonasal DCR -- the tear sac is approached via the inside of the nose, using a small telescopic instrument called an endoscope. This instrument allows the surgeon to visualize all the relevant structures clearly and make the opening in a similar way to above, but without placing any stitches either on the skin or inside the nose. The opening is made slightly smaller than that of the external DCR and the operation is slightly quicker. Again, temporary silicone tubes are placed and the follow up is similar to above with the tubes being removed between 6 and 8 weeks after the surgery.

The results are about 86 - 90% success.