Sinus Surgery for Sinusitis
In traditional sinus surgery, an opening is made into the sinus. The opening may be made from inside the mouth or through the skin of the face.
- There are a number of possible approaches depending on the location of the infected sinus and what the doctor prefers.
- Working through the incision, the doctor can remove tissue that is blocking the sinus and preventing drainage.
- More extensive procedures may involve leaving a temporary opening to help drain the infection.
Most of these procedures require admission to a hospital.
What To Expect
Recovery from surgery may involve:
- Packing the nose with gauze to absorb blood and other drainage. The packing may be changed several times a day. Or it may be left in place for a few days.
- Using saltwater nasal washes (saline lavage or irrigation) to keep the sinuses moist.
- Avoiding things like blowing the nose, strenuous exercise, and bending forward for a few days.
- Using a humidifier to keep room air moist, especially in the bedroom.
Why It Is Done
Traditional sinus surgery may be done if:
- Medications haven't helped to cure chronic sinusitis.
- Endoscopic surgery doesn't help.
- Complications such as meningitis could develop from the sinusitis.
How Well It Works
Traditional surgery is an effective method of treating chronic sinusitis and sinusitis that has caused complications.footnote 1
Serious risks include:
- Heavy bleeding.
- Leakage of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
- Inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain (meningitis).
Current as of: December 2, 2020