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Published on: 03 Jan 2017 by oclark8819

When is Sinus Surgery required?

When is Sinus Surgery required?

Sinus Surgery is a surgery meant to help in the drainage of the sinuses and removal of blockage for draining of the mucus. It is recommended when there is a need to remove:

  • Infected, damaged or swollen tissue

  • The bone so that you may create the drainage of the mucus away from the sinuses

  • Any growth found inside the sinuses or nose

  • When there is a foreign object which blocks the sinus or nasal passage that happens mostly with children.

A surgery can be the only way available to remove infected or badly blocked sinus, so that it may start to drain well. However, sometimes a surgery is not able to eliminate sinusitis completely; there is a need to get a second operation. The second surgery or future sinusitis can be avoided if antibiotics are taken to avoid future infection.

Endoscopic surgery

An endoscopic surgery is better compared to the traditional surgery for many cases of chronic sinusitis which require a surgery as it is less expensive, less invasive, and has less complications. Endoscopic surgery can be used for removing small amount of the bones and other tissue that may be blocking the sinus opening or to remove growths or polyps. A lighted and thin tool known as an endoscope is inserted into the nose which assists  the doctor to see and remove anything that may be blocking the sinuses.

Sinus Surgery is used if there are complications related to the sinusitis like the development of pus in sinus, facial bones, or the brain abscess that may have taken place. With this surgery, the doctor can make an opening in the sinus through the mouth or through the facial skin.  

You are required to undergo a sinus surgery if:

  • The doctor tells you that you suffer from chronic sinusitis.

  • You have followed the maximum medical treatment for 4 to 6 weeks and the treatment included taking steroid nasal spray, prescription medicines and antibiotics.

  • When a CT scan shows that there is something like nasal polyps that prevents the sinuses to drain well.


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