Authors: Daniel Simmen, MD and Nick Jones, MD, BDS, FRCS, FRCS (ORL)

Contributors: Karthik Balakrishnan, Hans Rudolf Briner, Leonardo Lopes Balsalobre Filho, Kris S. Moe, Robert Reisch, Bernhard Schuknecht, Aldo Cassol Stamm

Publisher:Thieme – 468 pages

Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

With the purchase of this book, you will be able to access 34 videos of endoscopic surgical procedures and patient interviews at A full list of titles of videos is listed following the table of contents of this book. Go to the first page of this book, then scratch off the gray coating to get the access code for online resources.

This book contains coverage of a large range of topics within 23 chapters spread out on its 468 pages. It also contains additional information in its 30-page Appendix section and a 10-page-long list of useful books and other media in its Bibliography.

Here is an overview of the material found in this book, based on chapter titles:

  • Principles of Practice
  • Pathophysiology of Rhinosinusitis
  • Who? Optimizing Diagnosis and Selection of Patients for Surgery
  • When? Medical Treatment and Timing of Surgery
  • Preserving and Improving the Sense of Smell
  • Why? The Goals of Surgery
  • Applied Anatomy for Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery
  • How? Operative Procedures: A Step-by-Step Safe and Logical Approach
  • An Endoscopic Tour: Endoscopic Examination, Anatomical Variations, and Specific Conditions
  • The Place for Radiology
  •  Preoperative Checklist
  • Patient Consent and Information
  • Peroperative Aids
  • Hints
  • Preventing and Dealing with Complications
  • Postoperative Management
  • Extended Endoscopic Procedures
  • The Endoscopically Assisted Bimanual Operating Technique
  • Transnasal Endoscopic Approaches to the Skull Base
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
  • Transnasal Endoscopic Surgery of Pituitary Tumors
  • Transorbital Surgery of the Skull Base
  • Evidence Base in Rhinosinusitis and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

The material in chapters is laid out in a straight and simple outline format. Below the chapter number and title in each chapter, the topics of discussion are presented, with full-color anatomical photos as well as black-and-white radiographs and tomographs.

Large numbers of images with captions are provided in each chapter to optimize the student’s and practitioner’s learning experience. Also used generously are: artwork, boxes, charts, diagrams, drawings, exploratory and surgical instruments, photos and other study aids to help you absorb the material more quickly.

For your added benefit, view 34 videos below on to get a real-life “look and feel” of various surgical procedures and other tasks:

Mucociliary transport Nasal airflow Patient consultations Middle turbinate


Functional endoscopic sinus surgery, olfaction
Cadaver posterior


Posterior ethmoidectomy, sphenoidotomy Posterior ethmoidectomy Transethmoidal approach to the


Sphenopalatine artery bleed
Sphenopalatine artery ligation Removal of meningioma Intrathecal fluorescein and encephalocele Meningocele Uni-nostril approach to pituitary
Cadaver uncinectomy and maxillary Uncinectomy; reduction of concha bullosa Anterior ethmoidectomy, piriform-turbinoplasty Partial anterior ethmoidectomy, piriform-turniboplasty Further partial anterior ethmoidectomy


Sphenoid sinus Optic nerve in sphenoid sinus The frontal recess Cavernous sinus Resection and reconstruction of  skull base
Cadaver skull base anatomy Anterior approach to maxillary sinus Anterior approach to maxillary sinus Medium drainage procedure Piriform  turbinoplasty
Piriform turbinoplasty Preparation of the mucosa Medial maxillectomy Clival chordoma: transnasal endoscopic (con’t) and transcranial retrosigmoidal


All in all, this is a “must-have” book for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.

Daniel Simmen, MD is Professor and Lecturer in Rhinology at the University of Zurich ENT Center. He is also affiliated with The Hirslanden Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland.

Nick Jones, MD, BDS, FRCS, FRCS (ORL) is Professor in the Department Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Queens Medical Center at University Hospital in Nottingham, UK.

Contributing Writers: Karthik Balakrishnan, Hans Rudolf Briner, Leonardo Lopes Balsalobre Filho, Kris S. Moe, Robert Reisch, Bernhard Schuknecht, Aldo Cassol Stamm