Getting Sinus Surgery

Together, you and your doctor will decide if sinus surgery is right for you. If it is, you’ll likely have one of three kinds of functional endoscopic sinus surgery. All are minimally invasive outpatient procedures, so usually you go home the same day. Following such procedure, you should be able to breathe more freely and may experience fewer sinus infections.

Surgery to treat a chronic sinus infection is usually performed if medical treatment hasn’t worked. If you and your doctor decide that surgery is the best option, you may have one of these common procedures.

Sinus Surgery Options

  • If your ethmoid sinuses are causing your sinusitis, then an ethmoidectomy may be the surgery you need.
  • Pressure and pain under your eyes and behind your cheek bones may mean that your sinus infection is in your maxillary sinuses. A maxillary antrostomy may be the treatment for your condition.
  • If your sinus infections are caused by blockage from a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates, then you may need a powered septoplasty with turbinoplasty.

More: Ethmoidectomy
More: Maxillary antrostomy
More: Powered septoplasty with turbinoplasty

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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