Sinus surgery for conditions not helped by other treatments
Sinus surgery may be an option when medication and other treatments have not improved symptoms related to sinusitis, nasal polyps or deviated septum. With any of these conditions, there is generally excess tissue, small amounts of bone, or a polyp that blocks airflow and affects sinus drainage.
Non-invasive sinus surgeries are the norm
Many sinus surgeries are performed endoscopically with a tiny nasal telescope that has a light and small instruments at the end. These tools allow the surgeon to view nasal tissues and remove blockages, reduce turbinates (bony structures in the nose), or straighten the septum, as needed. Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed entirely via the nose. There are no incisions in the skin or mouth. Since this type of surgery is non-invasive, most patients go home the same day.
Other sinus surgery considerations
In some cases, however, such as when a person has complications from sinusitis, such as infection, or has had severe facial trauma or developed a facial tumor, a more traditional surgical approach through the mouth or face may be preferred. Your doctor will determine which type of surgery is needed depending on your particular condition.
As with any surgery, results and recovery depend on the individual. Some people experience immediate relief while others may take many weeks to feel the benefits of sinus surgery.