Dacryocystorhinostomy is a type of surgery sometimes used to treat
blocked tear ducts in adults. It is rarely used in
This procedure creates a new passageway between the tear duct sac and
the nasal cavity, bypassing the blocked tear duct. To do the procedure, the doctor needs to make a cut (incision) in the skin by the eye. A tube is inserted through
the tear duct sac and into the nose through a hole in the bone. This tube is
left in the nose and stitched in place.
Adults who have long-term tear duct blockage that is not caused by an
infection often need to have dacryocystorhinostomy. If the person has a tear
duct infection, surgery will be delayed until the infection has cleared.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology