Lacrimal (Tear) System (Dacryocystorhinostomy)

Tearing is a common problem that often does not require surgery. However, in some people surgery is indicated to bypass a tear duct obstruction. A dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is performed to create a new, larger opening from your tear sac into your nose. (Dacryo is from the Greek word dakry and means “tear”; cyst means “sac”; rhino means “nose”; ostomy means “hole”—hence, a dacryocystorhinostomy is a hole between your tear sac and your nose. dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) A small silicone tube called a stent is temporarily be placed in the new passageway to keep it open during the healing process. This operation is performed at an outpatient surgical center.