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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!

By Mark T. Brown
January 23, 2018
Category: Sinus


What are Nasal Polyps?

    Nobody wants to hear they have polyps in their nose. This is not your garden variety nasal issues. Most of the time caused by allergy, polyps are a chronic condition that is not often cured with surgery. Usually an allergist is going to provide the best long-term control. But there are times when surgery is needed, even repeatedly in the most extreme cases.

    Polyps grow in response to nasal inflammation. They are relatively discrete mounds of incredibly swollen nasal mucosa (lining). Most of the time it is something in the air that stimulates them to grow. At times, it is a sinus infection that provides the impetuous for their existence. No matter the cause, polyps are disruptive to nasal airflow and tend to cause secondary sinus infections.


Epidemiology and differential diagnosis of nasal polyps.

Chaaban MR, Walsh EM, Woodworth BA - Am J Rhinol Allergy (2013 Nov-Dec)


    Surgery is needed for polyps if medical management can’t keep them at bay and an allergist can’t help you control the environmental reaction that started them in the first place. It is by no means the first choice of treatment unless they are, sometimes quite literally, hanging out of your nose.


Adult-onset woakes' syndrome: report of a rare case.

Schoenenberger U, Tasman AJ - Case Rep Otolaryngol (2015)


The problem with surgery is it is not a permanent fix most of the time. Think about mowing the grass – it just keeps coming back.

    When someone has a significant enough polyp issue to require an ENT to take them to the OR, the surgery should be a part of the process. Combining surgery with aggressive medical management pre- and post-op is often the best way to keep you and your nose healthy.




Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS








Dr. Mark Brown is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist at Great Hills ENT in Austin, TX who is double Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Mark Brown, MD is the author of Smarter Sleep: Real Answers, Science Based Solutions, Healthier Sleep. Dr. Brown treats sinusitis, nasal congestion, nasal fractures, dizziness/vertigo, ear infections, tonsilitis, sleep apnea and insomnia for both adults and pediatrics. Great Hills ENT serves the greater Austin area including Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders.