Sinus surgery is an effective means of treating chronic sinusitis that has not responded to more conservative treatments, such as antibiotics, nasal steroid sprays, anti-histamines, and nasal irrigation. When performing a sinus surgery, a doctor will use special tools to enlarge small sinus openings, re-route sinus pathways, and remove diseased tissues that prevent normal drainage.
There are approximately 11.7 million visits to physician’s office and ambulatory health centers every year that result in a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis. Many of these patients are experiencing symptoms like head and facial pressure, sore throats, cough, congestion, abnormal nasal drainage, and fever that have returned or persisted despite treatment. Fortunately, sinus infections are not contagious; but they can be disruptive, uncomfortable, and in some cases cause serious complications among those who experience them chronically.