Unlike many endoscopic dissection books, this dissection manual focuses exclusively on surgery without reference to the physiology or medical treatment of sinus disease. For trainee surgeons that are keen to improve on surgical skills alone, this definitely fits the brief. It is divided into three sections; first starting with a stepwise approach of the paranasal sinuses with identification of key landmarks, followed by a review of imaging and surgical dissection and finishing with advanced surgical techniques. The chapters are short (approx. 1-2 pages), concise and accompanied by excellent quality artworks that mirror true anatomy with clear depiction of anatomical landmarks that are crucial for a novice to recognise.
After a comprehensive guide through common sinus surgery in Section 2, the reader is introduced to more detailed and complex procedures involving the skull base and orbit, such as modified Lothrop, approaches to the parapharyngeal space, infratemporal fossa, petrous apex and craniocervical junction. Whilst these advanced topics may satisfy the subspecialist, or indeed, ‘super specialist’, because of the clear and consistent style of text it does not overwhelm the less experienced reader. Special topics, such as paediatric endoscopic sinus surgery, are also included.
This second edition also provides 17 narrated videos that perfectly align with the material in the manual. Despite the slightly flimsy paperback cover, this book remains far less intimidating than that of a hefty hardback! Priced at around £83, it is well worth the investment.