What is sinus surgery?
Sinus surgery is a procedure that aims to open the pathways of the sinuses and clear blockages. This is an option for people with ongoing and recurrent sinus infections, for people with abnormal sinus structure, or abnormal growths in the sinus.
A doctor will often attempt other treatments and procedures before resorting to surgery. If these don’t work, surgery may be carried out.
Sinus surgery can be done with little discomfort. It is a brief procedure that has few complications.
Reasons for sinus surgery
The goal of the surgery is to remove whatever is blocking the drainage pathways of the sinuses. This may include removing:
- thin pieces of bone
- mucous membranes
- nasal polyps
- swollen or damaged tissue
- tumors or growths blocking the nasal or sinus passage
A person may require sinus surgery to treat a variety of issues. Common reasons include sinusitis and nasal polyps.
Sinusitis is the swelling of the nasal sinuses or passages. It is sometimes called a sinus infection. A person with sinusitis may have the following symptoms:
- the pressure around the nose, eyes, or forehead
- a stuffy nose
- thick and discolored nasal drainage
- a cough
- head congestion and headaches
- bad-tasting post-nasal drip
- blocked ears or changes in hearing