Is sinus surgery necessary?
When your sinus infection doesn’t respond to treatment with antibiotics and symptoms are not receding, your doctor might indicate surgery as the best option to correct your sinus condition.
When medical treatment is no longer a solution
For some patients with chronic sinus infections, medical treatment at home may work effectively, keeping symptoms under control. But if medication and lifestyle changes do not help, sinus surgery may be the best alternative.
Several factors need to be considered before making the decision: How severe are the symptoms? What is the result of your CT scan? How is your general health condition? Did you try any medical treatment before?
The low-risk procedure involves increasing the openings between the sinuses and the inside of the nose to allow air intake and drainage evacuation. It corrects structural issues with the nasal passages and may require removing polyps, small bone sections, or other blocking tissue.
Sinus surgery might be necessary in case of:
Following sinus surgery, patients experience a swift improvement in their symptoms: fewer infections, effortless breathing, and an acute sense of smell.
Pain associated with sinus surgery
The procedure itself is not considered painful, but not everyone tolerates pain the same way. You might experience some pain at the follow-up appointment when the doctor removes the nasal packing from your nose; this happens because the tissue and fluid inside your nose might stick to the packing material, making it difficult to remove.
The pain you experience after the procedure may also depend on which sinus surgery was performed. There are two main types of sinus surgeries:
Usually, patients should plan to be away from work or school for several days after the surgery. The doctor will give specific instructions for a speedy recovery and prescribe postoperative pain medication.
Expectations following sinus surgery
If you’re doing well, you’ll be discharged to go home. You won't be able to drive right after sinus surgery, so make sure you have someone to drive you home. Before leaving, you will be informed about the healing process involving your nose and sinuses and necessary follow-up appointments.
You will be under medication for a few days. You will need postoperative visits to clean your nose and sinuses of fluid and blood left behind after the surgery.
After sinus surgery, you can expect to experience:
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