What Is Sinus Surgery?

We generally recommend sinus surgery in Spring when other medical treatments, such as antibiotics or nasal steroids, have failed to improve chronic sinusitis symptoms. The type of surgery performed will depend on the severity of the condition and will usually involve widening the openings of the sinuses to improve drainage. 

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How Is Sinus Surgery Performed?

The most common sinus surgery is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), which is used to treat chronic sinusitis. This type of sinus surgery involves making small incisions in the sinuses and inserting an endoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a light on the end. This allows the surgeon to see inside the sinuses and remove any blockages or debris that may be causing the chronic inflammation. In some cases, additional tissue may need to be removed or restructured to improve airflow through the sinuses. 

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What To Expect During Your Sinus Surgery?

During sinus surgery, the surgeon will access the sinuses through the nostrils and remove any obstructions or growths that are present. In some cases, the sinuses may also need to be drained or irrigated. After the procedure is complete, patients typically experience relief from their symptoms. However, it is important to note that some patients may require additional surgery to achieve optimal results.

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Can Sinus Surgery Address My Condition?

Sinus surgery is often performed to address:

  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Nasal polyps
  • Fungal-related sinusitis
  • In some cases, sinus surgery may also be warranted to treat less common conditions such as mucocele/blocked sinus cavity, postnasal drainage, or nasal obstruction

These conditions can cause a variety of symptoms, including: 

  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Decreased sense of smell

What Should I Avoid Before My Sinus Surgery?

  • If you're scheduled to have sinus surgery, there are a few things you'll need to do in the weeks leading up to the procedure. 
  • First, you'll need to stop using all topical decongestant sprays. These should be given up four to six weeks before surgery. 
  • You'll also need to avoid blood thinners like aspirin or aspirin-containing products. Products like Warfarin must be avoided as well. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (like Ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve) should be stopped at least a week before surgery. 
  • If you have any type of respiratory flare before the procedure, such as asthma, the surgery will not be able to take place until you are recovered. 

These guidelines will help ensure that your surgery goes smoothly and that you experience minimal complications afterward.

What Is the Recovery Like With Sinus Surgery?

Sinus surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient does not need to stay in the hospital overnight. Recovery times vary depending on the extent of the surgery, but most people can return to their normal activities within a few weeks.

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