What Is the Goal of Sinus Surgery?

We perform sinus surgery in Pearland when other treatments, such as antibiotics, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids, have failed to improve symptoms or if you have sinusitis that keeps coming back. The goal of sinus surgery is to improve drainage of the sinuses and relieve pressure on your facial bones. 

When Is Sinus Surgery Needed?

Surgery is usually not needed unless your sinusitis is severe and chronic (long-lasting). It may be a good option if you have: 

  • Chronic (long-lasting) or recurrent sinusitis 
  • A blockage preventing drainage of the sinuses 
  • Impaired function of your nose due to a birth defect, injury, or prior surgery such as a rhinoplasty
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Why Choose Texas ENTS for Your Sinus Surgery?

When it comes to ENT care, Texas ENT Specialists (TENTS) is the state’s leading provider. We were founded in 1997 with the goal of providing expert care for sinus and ENT issues, and we’ve been serving patients throughout Texas ever since. We have over 15 locations, each staffed with board-certified ENT specialists and surgeons who are dedicated to providing superior care. We offer a variety of surgical options, including minimally invasive procedures, so you can be confident you’re getting the best possible treatment for your specific condition. And because we understand that everyone’s needs are different, we take a tailor-made approach to every patient we see. 

What Should I Expect With Sinus Surgery?

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery or FESS involves using a lighted telescope (endoscope) inserted through the nostrils. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon widens the openings to the sinuses by removing bone and tissue blocking them. During your surgery, your surgeon may also place tiny plastic tubes (stents) in the newly opened passages to keep them from closing again. Endoscopic sinus surgery can be used to treat most cases of chronic sinusitis without needing to make an incision in the face.

Will I Have Restrictions During My Recovery From Sinus Surgery?

Depending on the type of sinus surgery you have, your surgeon will likely have specific instructions for you to follow after your procedure. In general, however, there are a few restrictions that are common to all types of sinus surgery.

  • First, it is important to avoid exposure to sawdust, chemicals, and excessive dust for at least four weeks after surgery. This will help to prevent irritation and infection of the surgical site. 
  • Second, you should avoid strenuous activity for at least one week following surgery. This includes activities such as lifting and strenuous exercise. 
  • Finally, you may be advised to use a saline nasal spray or irrigations several times a day to keep your nose moist and help prevent crusting. By following your surgeon's instructions and taking care of yourself after surgery, you can ensure a successful recovery.
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How Should I Prepare for My Surgery?

Patients who are scheduled to undergo sinus surgery should take certain precautions in the weeks and days leading up to the procedure. For example:

  • Decongestant sprays should be avoided for four to six weeks beforehand.
  • Blood thinners such as aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, and Warfarin should be stopped, which must be arranged through your doctor. 
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naprosyn, Mobic, and Celebrex) should also be discontinued at least one week before surgery.
  • If the patient has any respiratory flare-ups such as asthma before the procedure, it may be delayed.
  • Patients should not eat or drink anything on the morning of the surgery.

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