American University of Beirut

Rhinology Course Objectives

​​​​​Program Overview

ORL Horizons 2019 will host the first Beirut annual rhinology symposium and FESS (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery) dissection workshop. This is a continuing medical education course that focuses on the comprehensive and contemporary medical and surgical management of diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Specific topics include the systematic diagnosis and management of nasal obstruction; the pathophysiology and medical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal polyposis and allergic rhinitis. Basic endoscopic techniques will be discussed. Decision making in frontal sinus surgery as well as advanced surgical techniques will be highlighted in the program. Advanced technology, including image-guided surgery and innovative techniques in management of sinonasal neoplasia, will also be featured. Topics such as recalcitrant rhinosinusitis and pediatric rhinosinusitis will be debated and discussed in detail through both formal didactic lectures and interactive panels. Controversies will be explored through the viewpoints of a diverse faculty of practicing rhinologists.

Live in-office procedures will be showcased through applied telemedicine technology. A hands-on laboratory session, featuring endoscopic surgical and video equipment, surgical navigation, balloon technology, powered instrumentation and cadaveric specimens, will be available.

ORL HORIZONS 2019 will run in parallel with WISC 2019​ and participants benefit from significant joint registration discounts.



Upon completion of the lectures part of the course participants should be able to:

  • Highlight current challenges in the field of Rhinology and airway inflammation.
  • Devise a systemic diagnostic and management approach to nasal obstruction
  • Describe an evidence-based approach to manage chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Articulate indications for Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
  • Identify the anatomy of the paranasal sinuses in children and adults and recognize indications for endoscopic sinus surgery.
  • Review complications of sinus surgery and their proper management 
  • Discuss basic endoscopic approaches to maxillary, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses
  • Develop a stepwise approach to the management of frontal sinus pathology
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of extended and advanced endoscopic approaches to the skull base and orbit
  • Appreciate the role of innovative devices and in-office procedures in contemporary Rhinology

Upon completion of the dissection part of the course participants should be able to:

  • Perform routine nasal endoscopy for the diagnosis of sino-nasal disease
  • Describe proper endoscopic instrument handling and surgical techniques
  • Describe in detail the anatomy of the paranasal sinuses, the skull base and associated structures 
  • Perform traditional and powered uncinectomy, middle meatal antrostomy and    sphenoethmoidectomy
  • Practice various frontal sinus approaches and describe their technical implementation
  • Understand the vascular anatomy of the nose and paranasal sinuses and perform TESPAL and cautery of the anterior ethmoidal artery
  • Perform orbital and optic nerve decompression
  • Exposure and repair skull base defects
  • Perform approaches to the skull base through the trans-cribriform, trans-ethmoid, trans-sphenoid, trans-planum, trans-maxillary and trans-orbital corridors
  • Harvest vascularized nasoseptal flap  

​Target Audience

This course is designed for practicing otorhinolaryngologists and otorhinolaryngology residency program trainees as well as other health care professionals with interests in diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses.​

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