Orbital Fat Exposure During Sinus Surgery


  • Often occurs when removing uncinate process or lamella along the medial orbital wall


  • Blood-stained orbital fat can be easily mistaken for mucosa
  • Palpation of orbit will often result in visible protrusion of fat intranasally
  • Do not need to replace fat into orbital cavity or repair the bony defect

Keep in Mind/Things to Remember:

  • Powered instrumentation should be avoided to minimize risk of inadvertent damage to orbital contents.