If medication isn’t working for you, surgery may help your nose and sinuses function normally.
Sinus surgery may be an option if medical treatment has not relieved the symptoms your chronic sinus infections (sinusitis). The goal of sinus surgery is to flush out infected material, open up blocked passages, and keep enough healthy tissue so that your nose and sinuses can function normally.
Today, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is the most common surgical method to treat chronic sinus infections. It’s performed through your nostrils with a magnifying endoscope (thin tube with a lighted end). This may be less risky and have a faster recovery time than traditional sinus surgery, which cuts through the face or mouth. FESS is a precise, minimally invasive way to open your sinuses and treat chronic sinus infections .
Surgical treatment of chronic sinus infections usually involves one of three common FESS procedures; ethmoidectomy, maxillary antrostomy, or powered septoplasty with turbinoplasty. There are many other types of sinus surgery that doctors perform. Your ENT specialist (otolaryngologist) will recommend the sinus surgery that is best for your condition.
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All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.
Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to sinus surgery.
You probably have some questions about sinus surgery and which procedure might be right for you. Be sure to ask your doctor any questions that you may have in regards to your condition and treatment options.
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.