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Sinusitis Treatment
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Sinusitis surgery, also known as sinus surgery or sinus surgery for sinusitis, is a medical procedure performed to treat chronic sinusitis or other conditions affecting the sinuses. Chronic sinusitis is characterized by inflammation of the sinuses that lasts for an extended period, typically more than 12 weeks, despite medical treatment.
Here are some key points about sinusitis surgery:
Indications for Surgery:
Sinusitis that does not respond well to medications and other non-surgical treatments.
Recurrent or chronic sinus infections.
Structural abnormalities or nasal polyps obstructing the sinuses.
Complications of sinusitis, such as the spread of infection to the surrounding tissues.
Types of Sinus Surgery:
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS): This is the most common type of sinus surgery. It is minimally invasive and involves the use of an endoscope to remove obstructive tissue and open up the sinus passages.
Balloon Sinuplasty: A less invasive procedure where a small balloon is inflated to open blocked sinus passages.
Image-Guided Surgery: In some cases, surgeons use imaging technology during the procedure to enhance precision and accuracy.
Septoplasty: If a deviated septum is contributing to sinus issues, this surgery may be performed to straighten the nasal septum.
Sinus surgery is often performed under general anesthesia.
The surgeon may use an endoscope to visualize the sinuses and remove diseased tissue or polyps.
The goal is to open up the sinus passages, improve drainage, and promote better airflow.
Recovery time varies, but many patients can return to normal activities within a week.
Pain and discomfort are typically managed with medications.
Nasal irrigation and other postoperative care instructions are given to help with healing.
Risks and Complications:
While sinus surgery is generally safe, as with any surgery, there are potential risks such as bleeding, infection, and anesthesia-related complications.
Some patients may experience temporary or permanent changes in their sense of smell.
Follow-up Care:
Regular follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor healing and address any postoperative issues.
Medications, including nasal corticosteroids and antibiotics, may be prescribed to prevent infection and promote healing.
It’s important to note that sinus surgery is usually considered when other conservative treatments have failed. If you are experiencing chronic sinusitis symptoms, consult with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist who can evaluate your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options, which may or may not include surgery.
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