An update on endoscopic orbital decompression

Daniel Wehrmann, Jastin L. Antisdel

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Purpose of review: Endoscopic orbital decompression is an ever-evolving surgical procedure with modifications as well as new indications for the procedure. The purpose of this review is to update the reader on optimizing patient selection, surgical timing, highlight the latest modifications to surgical technique and to evaluate surgical outcomes that can be achieved. Recent findings: Patient selection, disease pathology, and optimization of technology can lead to improved outcomes. Changes in technology continue to modify surgical techniques and surgical training, working towards decreased surgical complications with improved outcomes. Historically multiple approaches have been used for orbital decompression and this highlights that a balanced orbital decompression usually leads to the best outcome. Summary: Orbital decompression has evolved significantly since its inception over 100 years ago. Identifying the right patient, the ideal timing, and the indication for the procedure with utilization of technology can lead to improved outcomes and decreased complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Decompression
  • Endoscopic decompression
  • Orbit
  • Orbital decompression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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