What Is Sinus Surgery?

For many people, sinus surgery is a last resort. But for some, it may be the only way to find relief from chronic sinus infections. Sinus surgery in Friendswood can improve your quality of life by reducing your symptoms and improving your ability to breathe. It can also help you avoid more serious complications, such as meningitis. 

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Who Should Get Sinus Surgery and Why?

If you have allergies or structural problems in your nose that are causing your sinus infections, sinus surgery can provide relief. In most cases, sinus surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. The type of surgery you have will depend on your situation. The most common type of sinus surgery is functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). This procedure involves inserting a small camera and surgical instruments through your nostrils to remove blocked tissue and improve drainage. It's usually done under general anesthesia.

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What Are the Benefits of Sinus Surgery?

Most people who have FESS experience a significant improvement in their symptoms. If you have a deviated septum or another structural problem in your nose, you may need septoplasty or rhinoplasty in addition to FESS. These procedures involve correcting the shape of your nose. Septoplasty is usually done along with FESS, while rhinoplasty is usually performed as a separate procedure. Sinus surgery can provide relief from chronic sinus infections and improve your quality of life. If you have tried other treatments without success, speak with one of our experienced ENT specialists. 

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What To Expect With Post-Surgery Treatment?

Your doctor may have inserted nasal packing to provide support and prevent bleeding. It is important to keep the packing in place as directed and to avoid blowing your nose. This will be removed roughly a day or so after your surgery. You can expect to have bloody nasal discharge for several days. You will need to irrigate your sinuses with salt water for several weeks after your procedure. By following your doctor's instructions and taking good care of yourself, you can ensure a successful recovery from nasal surgery.

Guidelines for a Swift Recovery After Sinus Surgery

Depending on the type of surgery performed, you may have some restrictions in place to prevent any complications. These commonly include:

  • Avoiding exposure to excessive dust and irritants such as chemicals. 
  • Avoiding strenuous activities such as exercise or heavy lifting 
  • Using nasal spray as directed by your doctor to keep your sinuses moist and prevent crusting

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