If you suffer with sinus symptoms and you feel like you’ve tried just about everything, you may be wondering if it’s time for sinus surgery. It may sound extreme, but sinus surgery is nothing to be afraid of – read on for some indications that it may be time for surgery and what you can expect during these very commonly performed procedures.
When Do Patients Need Sinus Surgery?
There is no one answer as to when you should consider sinus surgery, but generally, if other medical treatments don’t relieve your symptoms, surgery may be the solution. These symptoms can include months of facial pressure and discomfort, postnasal drainage, difficulty breathing through the nose, nasal obstruction, and sinus congestion. Your doctor may have recommended antibiotics, intranasal steroid sprays, treatments for allergies, and/or saline rinses for the sinuses, but these can only do so much.
Surgery may be recommended if these treatments don’t help or if you have:
- Damaged sinus tissue
- Nasal polyps
- Fungal infection
- Structural problems that prevent sinuses from draining
Of course, every patient’s surgery is different and your doctor will advise you on what technique is right for you and what your surgery will entail. Typically, though, nasal surgery is done on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s office, using general or local anesthesia. It can often be done endoscopically, by inserting a small camera into the nose so that an external incision doesn’t have to be made. A balloon sinuplasty is another kind of surgery; in this procedure, a balloon is inserted to widen the sinuses.
Sinus surgery is performed to help sinuses drain properly and to correct problems with nasal anatomy, such as a deviated septum or collapse of the nasal valve. It can also be done to open up pathways in the sinuses, to make it easier in the future to deliver medications and to perform additional in-office procedures if there are any reoccurring problems.
The staff at Nevada Sinus Relief can help you with your sinus problems, and they can tell you if nasal surgery is the right treatment for you. Contact the office in Las Vegas, NV, for a consultation. Call (702) 213-6468 for an appointment today!