When is Sinus Surgery Needed?
By MARK T. BROWN, MD, FACS
April 05, 2019
Category: Sinus

When is Sinus Surgery Needed?

Have a sinus problem? You're not alone. Millions of people suffer from sinus problems. Sinus problems can negatively affect your quality ofsinus surgery life. Your Austin, TX, ENT Dr. Mark Brown may recommend sinus surgery if other therapies fail to relieve your symptoms. Great Hills ENT offers sinus surgical treatment options to the patients we serve. Read on to find out when sinus surgery is needed.

1. You have structural abnormalities.

Surgery may be an option if your Austin, TX, doctor has identified structural abnormalities of the nose or sinuses. Sinus surgery can correct structural abnormalities within the nose or sinuses that can lead to chronic sinusitis and breathing problems. Sinus surgery can be done with little discomfort. It is a short procedure that has few complications. General or local anesthesia will be administered so that you feel no pain during the procedure.

2. You have a stubborn sinus infection.

Sinusitis, also called sinus infection, is condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed. Most sinus infections clear up on their own. Topical nasal steroids, saline sprays, and OTC medicines often bring relief. If you don't get relief from other treatments, your doctor may suggest surgery. The aim of sinus surgery is to open the pathways of the sinuses and clear blockages.

3. You have a fungal sinus infection.

Fungi can be found both in nature, in your home and work environment, and in the air. Sometimes when fungal debris or material is inhaled into the nose and lungs, it may cause a sinus infection. Symptoms are similar to a sinus infection — sinus pain, swelling, and congestion, discharge. Some people will require sinus surgery to clear the sinuses of the fungal infection.

4. Your sinus infection has spread to your bones.

Sinusitis can spread to the bone surrounding the sinuses. This infection can enter the blood vessels and send bacteria to the brain or other parts of the body. Infected bone is difficult to cure. Treatment is generally intravenous antibiotics. In some cases, sinus surgery is needed to correct the problem.

5. You've been diagnosed with nasal polyps.

Nasal polyps are painless benign growths on the lining of your sinuses or nasal passages. They result from chronic inflammation due to allergies, certain immune disorders, recurring infection, asthma, or drug sensitivity. If drug treatment doesn't shrink or eliminate your nasal polyps, you may need sinus surgery to remove the polyps and correct problems with your sinuses.

Sinus problems can affect your day-to-day activities and make life miserable. Get relief today with one of the top ear, nose, and throat doctors in Austin, TX Dr. Mark Brown. Call Great Hills ENT at (512) 258-2300 today to schedule an appointment! Our treatments will relieve your symptoms, so you can make the most of your life!

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