Traditional Sinus Surgery for Sinusitis
In traditional sinus surgery, an opening is made into the sinus. The opening may be made from inside the mouth or through the skin of the face. See a picture of the locations of the facial (paranasal) sinuses.
Most of these procedures require admission to a hospital.
What To Expect After Surgery
Recovery from surgery may involve:
Why It Is Done
Traditional sinus surgery may be done if:
How Well It Works
Traditional surgery is an effective method of treating chronic sinusitis or sinusitis that has caused complications.1
Serious risks include:
What To Think About
Endoscopic surgery has become the standard type of surgery done for chronic sinusitis. But traditional surgery is still the best choice in certain cases. The type of surgery you have will depend on which sinuses are affected and how severely they are damaged.1 For more information, see Endoscopic surgery for sinusitis.
Surgical treatment of sinusitis should be considered only when more conservative approaches, such as home treatment and medications, have failed.
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